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Michael D'Antonio joins the program to discuss his latest book, The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence.  Mike Pence has had his sights sent on the presidency since beginning his career in politics. D'Antonio  believes Mike Pence is the most powerful "Christian supremacist" in American history. Pence grew up in a typical New Deal Irish Catholic family before becoming an Evangelical christian and launching a career as an AM talk radio host who railed about homosexuals and extramarital affairs in the military. As a legislator for in 10 years in the House, Pence did not sponsor a single bill which later became law--but he was a great fundraiser. His fundraising prowess made him many friends on Capitol Hill and helped parlay his greater political ambitions. After being elected in deep-red Indiana, he set about passing conservative christian  laws (namely, RFRA) that most Hoosiers did not support. D'Antonio describes Pence's style of uncompromising governing as one that vacillates between dogmatically christian and mercenarily hard-core conservative. Given his less-than-mediocre track record, how did he end up as Trump's vice president? D'Antonio believes it's a combination of his relationship to the donor class and the christian right's belief that Pence is destined to assume the presidency--in the meantime Pence plays the roll of Daniel to Trump's Cyrus, to put it in biblical terms. Even still, given the amount of chaos in the White House, does Pence have a plan to accelerate his ascent to the presidency? D'Antonio thinks so--he sees real potential in a Pence/Haley 2024 ticket--the Trump presidency is not the final chapter of Mike Pence's political career.

And in the Fun Half: Would Sam be the face of Arby's net national ad campaign? Why Nancy Pelosi's proposed tax measures will hurt progressive causes, Sam to debate libertarian YouTube host Adam Kokesh, Mike Lee lets his libertarian freak flag fly at the Federalist Society, the coming civil war between the conservative and progressive political factions, an awesome MAGA tattoo, Ohio is gerrymandered to hell and its newest legislation is terrifying, a Kansas county commissioner's musings on the "master race," how utility subsidies and monopolies hurt consumers and constituents, the whisper campaign has begun--Seder Schumer primary 2020? Trump's new epistemological take on the Khasshogi murder, the student loan crisis will continue to become a greater issue, why progressives prefer Richard Ojeda to Kamala Harris. Plus your calls and IMs!

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It's Casual Friday here on the Majority Report and joining Michael Brooks are friends of the show Ana Kasparian of the Young Turks and comedy writer David Feldman of the David Feldman Show. Michael and Ana break down the midterm results and evaluate what the new class of progressive Democrats can do in next year's new majority house. How do progressives work pragmatically with the Democratic establishment in a productive manner without losing their convictions won in the 2018 midterms. Ana and Michael discuss the New York Times' bombshell Facebook report and debunk the myth of the "liberal"  Silicon Valley corporations. The belief that Silicon Valley is a vanguard of moral capitalism is no longer fantasy, it's delusion.

David Feldman thinks he's on with Sam only to find out it's Michael hosting today--he says he'll never another MR program again. Feldman lays out his media critique, journalistic outlets are not educating us, they're simply feeding the spectacle of Trump with an occasional segment where they fact-check habitual liars. On the democratic party, Feldman says it is time to fight like a dysfunctional family where the world outside thinks we're the ideal American family. However, there is hope in the incoming freshman can bring that fight. Feldman shares his most recent work with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and what it was like to meet Ted Cruz--who actually turned out to be charming.   Feldman explains how his old boss, Dennis Miller, with his decent into marginalized, bigoted madness, is performing the most high-concept satirical comedy we've ever seen--hilarious stuff. As for this week's movie recommendation, Feldman says Diabolique is a can't miss.

And in the Fun Half: Raygun wants to know how big a payday would Michael need to be the face of Arby's, how can progressives address Democratic Machine states, Ilhan Omar points out the double standard when a minority represents a majority white district, Jack Posobiec's Game of Thrones erotica featuring Donald Trump and Sansa Stark, Lou Dobbs' misinformation campaign is essentially elder abuse, Pod Save America are who we thought they were, Michael updates us on the state of the Brazilian politics, the problem with addressing racism with class arguments, plus your calls and IMs!

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On today's Majority Report, UChicago Law Professor and former SCOTUS clerk, Justin Driver joins the program to talk about his new book The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind. In the book, Driver gives an engaging and alarming book that aims to vindicate the rights of public school stu­dents, which have so often been undermined by the Supreme Court in recent decades. Driver recounts the hallmark cases that have influenced both education policy and our understanding of the first amendment of our constitution. Driver also explains how Brown v. Board unanimous decision set of a fierce debate about how we understand integration and equality in our public schools. We're headed into an era where principals of previous ruled-upon cases are being reinterpreted by ideology in our newly confirmed conservative court system. Sam and Driver breakdown the idea of racial protection in the face constitutional colorblindness after decades of Justice Scalia and Thomas presiding over the court. The two end the interview discussing what we can do about the grim reality where corporal punishment is allowed in schools in 19 states across the country.

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Direct download: 11-15-18-Justin_Driver-pub.mp3
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Marcy Wheeler (@emptywheel), independent journalist at EmptyWheel.net, joins us.

On today's show: Stuart Varney drags AOC on Amazon, says "the young lady does not understand growth."

Marcy Wheeler (@emptywheel), independent journalist at EmptyWheel.net, joins us to discuss the latest on the Mueller investigation, including Jeff Sessions' firing, the potential number of indictments coming down the pike, and how Trump's decision to install loyalist Matt Whitaker as Sessions' replacement (and Mueller's boss) could backfire on him.

The incoming House reps for the Democrats vs. the GOP: spot the differences.

On the fun half: Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) talks voter suppression in GA, says Republicans "can't win elections fairly." Ainsley Earhardt says elections are less fun when they aren't called on election night. Matt Schlapp says the Florida recount is a "test run" for stealing the 2020 election for Trump. Mehdi Hassan of Al Jazeera breaks down Trump's lies in interview with Trump 2020 campaign staffer. Oklahoma state football coach Mike Gundy blames transfers on "liberalism" and "the snowflake." Mindy on the PA electorate. Two fan-created MR bingo cards!

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Direct download: 11-14-18-Marcy_Wheeler-pub.mp3
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John Sides (@johnmsides), professor of political science at George Washington University and co-author of Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America, joins us.

On today's show: Andrew Gillum talks Florida recount...in 2002 documentary.

John Sides (@johnmsides), professor of political science at George Washington University, joins us to discuss his new book, Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America. For this book, Sides researched voters' beliefs about how much the Democratic Party's policies helped black Americans, and found they grew substantially after Obama's 2008 election. Sides posits that Obama's election racialized US politics n a way they had not been previously, causing race, immigration and religion to play a major role in the 2016 presidential election.

In the fun half: AOC visits climate change protest in Pelosi's office. Amazon comes to NYC, granting Cuomo's wish for upward redistribution. Trumpy Bear: the hottest Xmas gift for QAnon truthers. Hyde Smith refuses to apologize for joking about "public hanging" in a state known for lynchings. Mike from PA calls in to report back on races in his state, call out Democratic Party and union officials who endorsed a GOP candidate. A caller discusses the "should we be socialists?" panel Sam hosted and the flawed understanding behind the statement "I don't want the government to make my shoes."

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Direct download: 11-13-18-John_Sides-pub.mp3
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Yochai Benkler (@YochaiBenkler), Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, joins us to discuss his new book, Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics.

On today's show: Trump thanks WW2 veterans, says "you look so comfortable" under rain shelter. Macron denounces nationalism as "a betrayal of patriotism" in rebuke to Trump at WW2 remembrance.

Yochai Benkler (@YochaiBenkler), Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, joins us to discuss his new book, Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics. For this book, Benkler studied media coverage of American presidential politics from the start of the election cycle in April 2015 to the one year anniversary of the Trump presidency. He found the right wing media was largely cordoned off from the center and the left, that center-to-left people had a much more diverse media diet than the right, and that right wing media was not constrained by journalistic standards like "truth." From technology to corporate monopolies, Benkler goes over the reasons for this divide, and posits some ideas for how to fix it. 50% of Republicans still trust the mainstream media, says Benkler, so maybe that's a good place to start.

On the fun half: Cory Gardner defends his organization's accusation that "AZ election officials are cooking the books." Lou Dobbs says early voting leads to fraud, backs it up with nothing. Broflamingo from Las Vegas on racism and the right. MS GOP candidate says she'd attend a public hanging if her black opponent invited her. Danny in AZ discusses voting for the lesser evil as civic duty, not self expression. A caller tries to stump Jamie with a question on post-capitalist governance.

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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) and Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Trump "regrets" his "tone" over the past two years. Trump blasts "disgrace" Jim Acosta, "loser" April Ryan, suggests more reporters could lose credentials. Trump tells black CNN reporter Abby Phillips she "asks a lot of stupid questions."

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) joins us to discuss midterm election results and more. The need for structural reforms in campaign finance, gerrymandering and how elections are run. How do we get Democrats who will fight? Are there reasons to be hopeful? Signs of progressive shifts in deep red states. The history of black radicalism and the need for progressives who can speak to the black community and grassroots movements that can move the Democrats to the left. The importance of Florida. Check out Ben's new project The North Star

Trump says Mueller didn't go through Senate process and Whitaker did, so he's better. Seb Gorka: "direct line" between Jim Acosta's behavior and Tucker Carlson protest. Did antifa use the wrong tactics with Tucker Carlson?

Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) joins us for one of her semi-regular, profanity-laden rants. Trump says he didn't know Matt Whitaker and he's strong and respected by law enforcement. Judy's special wishes for Trump, Lindsey Graham, Chris Christie, and more.

Super-producer Matt Lech's Twitter war with Boris Epshteyn.

On the fun half: John from San Antonio on the Democrats' electoral strategy. Whitaker says Russian interference is a lie. Whitaker says Sessions' recusal was because of outrage from the left. Whitaker says only Christians should be judges in 2014. How likely are the Democrats to introduce a house of commons to better represent the working class? (Not very.) AOC can't afford an apartment in DC and Fox News assholes think that's hilarious. Conservatives' extremely racist protest of the recount in Florida. Mindy wants Democrats to be less timid.

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Direct download: 11-09-18-Ben_Dixon-Judy_Gold-pub.mp3
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On today’s show, Joseph Cirincione (@Cirincione), President of the Ploughshare Fund, joins Michael to discuss the future of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and why elected officials on both sides of the aisle are pleading with President Trump and John Bolton to keep the 30 year old Cold War treaty in tact. We’re live at 12:00 pm EST.

Joseph Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund joins us to breakdown the history of nuclear and intercontinental missiles and how close we have gotten to using these weapons of mass destruction during the Cold War. Cirincione says there have been a dozen times where human error has brought us to the brink of nuclear annihilation–reason enough for both Democratic and Republican presidents to reduce our nuclear weapons for the better part of the last 50 years. However, that reduction process has stopped, and John Bolton has been at the forefront of ramping up ballistic missile production. Cirincione says the Democratic party’s gains in the House will help as a check against Bolton and the Trump administration and can lay the groundwork for the next set of denuclearization policies for America’s national security. Historically, the military has supported agreements like the INF treaty which allows them to monitor Russian arms and keep our national security abreast of what is happening with our adversaries. Cirincione says the current dialogue in Washington regarding nuclear arms and national security are basically recycled ideas from the 1950s–nukes everywhere. The current conservative call for nuclear proliferation goes had in had with the GOP’s border policy, practices of voter disenfranchisement, and calls for “law and order”: a drive for white American global hegemony. Meanwhile, in North Korea, Cirincione says progressives need to put aside their criticisms of Trump and root for the President to make further progress on a nuclear peace deal in North Korea–one that will lead to the removal of Kim’s plutonium enrichment plants. Michael and Cirincione end their conversation discussing the Iranian sanctions, Mike Pompeo’s insincere diplomacy in the Gulf, and what the 2019 congress can do to limit our role in Saudi war crimes.

And in the Fun Half: voting out of fear, Meghan McCain is who we thought she was, Dave Rubin claims social democracy can only work in entho-states, considering the “legacy” of Jeff Sessions, Trump’s acting AG, Matthew Whitaker, is the muscle-enforcer type he’s always loved, Whitaker was also once a scamming invention patent executive, how conservative commentators willfully misinterpret the transgender dialogue, where things stand in the Georgia and Florida race, plus your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 11-08-18-Joseph_Cirincione-pub.mp3
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The Washington Post's Dave Weigel (@daveweigel ) joins us to discuss the midterm election results.

On today's show: Woman describes why she voted for McCaskill: her husband was poor in America and died because he didn't have health insurance; Steve Doocy immediately moves onto MAGA chud.

Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) joins us to discuss the midterm election results. Turnout is up and Democrats out-performed their baselines. But Republicans did, too. Nancy Pelosi and bipartisanship: has she learned anything since 2010? Voter suppression in Florida. Trumpism proves resilient in Appalachia, which Democrats have largely abandoned. Where can Democrats win without running to the center? At least Scott Walker lost! How will Trump deal with it politically when the economy takes a dive? Vic Berger presents: "the Walk Away" rally.

On the fun half: Trump gets testy with media re: Russia indictment. Trump says he could stop Mueller investigation if he wanted to, but "I don't like stopping it politically." Beto O'Rourke says the f-word in concession speech. A caller says Democrats lost Appalachia by standing for nothing. Independent voters broke for Democrats because of healthcare, not immigration. Nancy Pelosi excited about protecting ACA, expresses it thusly: "Let's hear it for pre-existing conditions!" A caller defends Gillum's campaign strategy, blames racism and Trump's popularity.

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Direct download: 11-07-18-Dave_Weigel-pub.mp3
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Full coverage of the 2018 US midterm elections, featuring the MR Crew and special guests Nomi Konst, David Dayen, and more.

Direct download: 11-06-18-Midterms.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:38pm EST

Sean McElwee (@SeanMcElwee) of Data For Progress joins us to discuss his predictions for the midterms.

On today's show: Trump says he (kind of, maybe) regrets his tone over the past two years, but it's the media's fault.

Sean McElwee (@SeanMcElwee) of Data for Progress joins us to discuss his predictions for the midterms, and why he believes the most important results of this year's election will come in local and state races as well as the less-discussed local ballot measures. You can read more about it in Sean's latest op-ed at HuffPost, "This Election’s Greatest Wave Could Come Down-Ballot. Way Down-Ballot." And check out his post-midterms analysis at What The Hell Happened? 

On the fun half: Ronald Raygun gives some voter suppression tips for GOP-heavy districts. Does Sam have "old black guy" anger? Old woman cries after voting for Beto. MAGA women say they were denied service at NYC restaurant because MAGA. Chuck Grassley explains why Iowa and House still need Steve King. Hannity joins Trump onstage at rally. Claire McCaskill's bad leadership in MO. Former MO governor Jay Nixon's poor treatment of black potential voters. Jeff in GA says it's looking hopeful for Abrams. Mindy on her Trump voodoo doll. Ted Cruz wants to go to the bathroom, just like a real human would. Reverend Aaron of @Punks4Progress plugs some progressive candidates in NV.

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Direct download: 11-06-18-Sean_McElwee-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:08pm EST

On today's show: Ohio congressional candidate Danny O'Connor explains how GOP will take away your healthcare in debate against Republican Troy Balderson. Stacey Abrams calls her opponent Brian Kemp an "architect of voter suppression." Morning Joe reveals Trump once admitted he plays the race card: "I know it's bad, but it works." Trump says the media are the ones creating violence in America with their fake news lies. Steve Martin lookalike chants "CNN sucks!" outside a Miami Trump rally.

On the fun half: John from San Antonio (@cacophousminuti) on the nation's most flippable districts. Sam challenges Steven Crowder to debate in trippy video. "Reformed Republican" @chckpeas cons conservatives by pretending to join "walk away" movement. Why does the GOP hate Nancy Pelosi? Would employers use Medicare-for-all as an excuse to pay their workers less? Will the GOP stage a coup if the Dems win big? Some thoughts on government and "efficiency." Trump does not regret selling American bombs to Saudi Arabia, says Saudis just "don't know how to use" them. A plug for Professor Lawrence Brown's study of segregated Baltimore. How to talk to white liberals about the need for gun control. The difference between leftists and liberals.

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Direct download: 11-05-18-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
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Today, on Casual Friday, Digby joins the Majority Report to discuss the latest Trump tactics as we slam into Tuesday's midterms, and then Andy Kindler makes his Majority Report return to breakdown Dennis Miller's current relationship with the conservative movement. We're live at 12:00 pm ET.

Digby and Sam kick off Majority Report's 8th birthday show talking about cassettes, 8 tracks, and AM radio before diving into the news of the week.  Digby lays out how Trump's rhetoric became so over the top in the weeks leading up the midterms. The president's pollsters convinced him Republicans could keep the house, and, Trump being the excitable child he is, went to the well for more fear-mongering and appeals to racism. But, after the recent spate of race-driven terror attacks, Trump realized he lost the house. Now, Trump is just trying to salvage the Senate for the GOP. Sam and Digby then breakdown Trump's latest statements on the refugee caravan and what it means when the president of the United States says armed soldiers can shoot rock throwers.  If the Democratic Party takes back the house, how will Dems consolidate power and keep those Republican voters in the Democratic caucus--what happens when you expand the Democratic tent beyond the likes of Joe Manchin and Joe Donnelly? Finally, Sam and Digby consider the National Archive's decision to release Leon Jaworski's grand jury indictment suggestion from the Watergate investigation. The report is a roadmap for Mueller to suggest indictment depending on the findings from his investigation.

Sam is then joined by Andy Kindler where they catch up with their old buddy Dennis Miller and his new comedy special. Sam explains the Jacob Wohl conspiracy kerfuffle to Kindler, who can't believe what's going on with this 20-year-old spymaster. And finally, rounding out Friday's trio of conservative idiots, the guys review Bill O'Reilly's rant over how the media describes George Soros.

And in the Fun Half: a Holy War manifesto written by Washington state Representative Matt Shea, Kornacki and John from San Antonio are sharing a brain on polling expectations, Sema Verma explains her tasteless Medicare for All Halloween joke on Boris Epshteyn's show, the tautology of "Originalism" constitutional philosophy, canvassing for centrist Democratic candidates, Jay in New Haven takes a stroll down MR memory lane, what happened on Halloween, when YouTubers don't do their homework while critiquing MR. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11-02-18-Digby-Andy_Kindler-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:52pm EST

Journalist Brian Mier joins the Majority Report to discuss Jair Bolsonaro's election in Brasil and his latest piece for Brasil Wire, "Why Bolsonaro Won: Beyond the Cliches."

On today's show: Dave Chappelle says Trump hasn't made this fascist wave, he's just surfing it.

Brien Mier, editor of Brasil Wire, joins us to discuss Jair Bolsonaro's election in Brasil and his latest piece for Brasil Wire, "Why Bolsonaro Won: Beyond the Cliches." In this piece, Mier argues that Bolsonaro's electoral victory would have been impossible if not for the violent suppression of Haddad supporters throughout the country, making his election illegitimate. Mier goes over Bolsonaro's alarming fascist credentials, the details of the plot against Lula, and what people in the US can do to put pressure on Bolsonaro's administration from the outside.

On the fun half: A caller questions Jamie's emphasis on Marxist analysis and socialist utopianism; the crew responds. Trump thanks Charlie Kirk for discovering Candace Owens. Candace Owens claims the media is trying to destroy Blexit, denies saying Kanye designed the Blexit aesthetic...but she totally did. Trump visits Pittsburgh synagogue, claims he was welcomed, makes Twitter video. Back in the real world, there were massive anti-Trump protests by mourners. Dennis Prager of Prager U explains his "when a woman isn't in the mood" series, yuck. Rodrigo in NJ explains how capitalism has undermined democracy in Brazil. A caller compliments our Halloween episode, rails against Jimmy Dore.

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Direct download: 11-01-18-Brian_Mier-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:10pm EST

We had a horrible accident in the studio, which kicked off a bizarre series of events from which the MR crew might never recover.

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Direct download: 10-31-18-Sam_Seder-Sellout-Hour-2nd_half-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:06pm EST

On today's show: Mourners in Pittsburgh protest Trump's visit. Jewish Pittsburgh hospital president explains why they treated the terror suspect. Nikki Haley says GOP didn't blame Obama for racial divide after Dylann Roof shooting (how nice of them)...which she linked to Trump's rhetoric at the time. Beto O'Rourke rejects Trump's effort to militarize the border, calls it "ridiculous." Senate candidate Martha McSally (R-AZ): "I'm getting my ass kicked" because of vote to repeal Obamacare. Jack Burkman announces Mueller "sex assault" victim press event.

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Direct download: 10-31-18-Sam_Seder-Sellout-Hour-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:03pm EST

rganizer and movement historian LA Kauffman (@LAKauffman) joins us to discuss her new book, How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance.

On today's show: Trump says he will end birthright citizenship in interview with Axios.

Organizer and movement historian LA Kauffman (@LAKauffman) joins us to discuss her new book, How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance. From the 1963 March on Washington to the millions-strong Iraq War protests, most large scale protests haven't done much to shift government policy or build the organizations that put them on. But Kauffman sees hope in the woman-led, bottom-up, protests that are happening now, from the airport protests of the Muslim ban, to the Kavanaugh confirmation. In her studies of protest, direct action and civil disobedience, Kauffman explores what makes for an effective action and how the left can use protests to build a movement capable of resisting Trump. Also: some tips on what you can do to support a direct action, even if you're unable to join it yourself.

On the fun half: Shep Smith says the migrant caravan hysteria is purely cooked up for the midterm election, offering Fox News a smokescreen of respectability. Fox News ghouls Laura Ingraham and Brian Kilmeade concern troll about diseases the caravan is allegedly carrying. A caller wonders: is there a way out of this? "Honoring" Pittsburgh synagogue victims, rabbi (for Jesus) prays for GOP candidates. Methodist clergyman protests Jeff Sessions' religious liberty speech, gets removed. Trump doesn't bother to close umbrella while boarding Airforce One. A caller in AR on the media's complicity in GOP bs. A caller in SC on theocratic adoption restrictions in her state. Is Chapo being unfair to Elizabeth Warren? Gorka vlogs while driving a Mustang.

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Direct download: 10-30-18-LA_Kauffmab-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:32pm EST

MR reports on the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting that left 11 dead.

Michelle Malkin says refugees are a "hostile force" invading our country. Chris Farrell says caravan is made possible by "Soros occupied State Department." Hugh Hewitt says there is political violence on both sides, Trump is not to blame for the violence. Sam and Barbara Boxer debate how to handle right wing political violence; Sam says you have to do more than vote, calls out the media for creating false equivalancies. Erick Erickson calls on conservatives to stop spreading conspiracy theories about pipe bomb suspect, has recently tweeted conspiracy theories about the caravan, Planned Parenthood, Christine Blasey Ford, and David Hogg.

On the fun half: Trump supporters say bomber was a false flag and Dems sent bombs to themselves; Hugh Hewitt claims no "responsible conservatives" are saying it was a false flag. Paul Ryan says tribalism is on both sides and Trump's rallies only sometimes cause division. Mindy asks for tips on staying sane. An Israeli caller on Jewish anti-Semitism. Sebastian Gorka dismisses any claims that Donald Trump is complicit in hate crimes against Jews. Stacey Abrams explains the illegal, racist voter purges to Brian Kemp in debate. Trump blames Pittsburgh synagogue for lack of armed security.

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Direct download: 10-29-18-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:44pm EST

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) and comedian Ted Alexandro  (@tedalexandro) join us.

On today's show: Trump compares ICE fighting and liberating towns with MS 13 to fighting Nazi-occupied Europe. Benjamin Dixon, editor-in-chief of Progressive Army and host of The Benjamin Dixon show, joins us to break down the week's news. Bombing suspect Cesar Sayoc identified. Fox News' Trish Regan accuses the media of "playing the victim" w/r/t bombs. Martha McSally says she doesn't want to talk healthcare — just "things that matter," i.e. the caravan. Gillum's chances in Florida. Megyn Kelly's defense of blackface.

Comedian Ted Alexandro joins us to talk political comedy and labor organizing on the comedy scene. Ted also gives his take on the comeback of Louis CK. Check out his comedy special, "Senior Class of Earth," at atcspecials.com.

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On the fun half: DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says troops won't shoot refugees, will "defend themselves." Trump "calls for unity" at black entrepreneur dinner, elicits chants of "lock him up!" re: George Soros. Gorka says migrants are mostly military age men & if poor people come seeking asylum,  "America will cease to exist." Newt Gingrich: "We'll see whether or not the Kavanaugh fight was worth it."

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Direct download: 10-26-18-Benjamin_Dixon-Ted_Alexandro-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:55pm EST

Nick Guthman (@NickGuthman),  the co-founder and executive director of Our Blue Future joins Michael to discuss how young progressive Americans are working to elect Democrats in 2018 and beyond. Guthman explains how and why very few youth organizations do coordinated electoral work. Guthman and his friends were very involved in the American University College Democrats and after graduating used their network and resources to raise money and awareness for 2018 Democratic candidates across the country with the help of local College Democrats in those states. Using a combination of digital media and on-the-ground organizing, Our Blue Future has been able to gather support for candidates that will bring new progressive representatives to Congress. Get involved at http://ourbluefuture.us/

And in the Fun Half: Ted Cruz is Normal Man buying Shiner in Texas, James Adomian's Bernie Sanders is advocating for a public in LA (for voters Measure B), Donald Trump says Dems will not protect pre-existing conditions, Eric Holder says it's all about turnout in a country full of gerrymandered congressional districts, Steve Bannon's poorly attended events illustrate the structural setting of monopoly, Donald Trump is ready to tear up the INF agreement, the latest on Brazil, Chapo boys would marry Sam, James Lankford's false equivalence between bombs in the mail & women who protested Justice Kavanaugh, policy for Native Americans, TBT Maxine Waters vicious beatdown of Michael Tracy, thoughts on Chris Hedges, a how-to process for building a broad left coalition, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 10-25-18-Nick_Guthman-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EST

Devin Fergus (@Devin_Fergus), the Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Professor of History and Black Studies at the University of Missouri and author of Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class, joins us.

On today's show: Trump says Khasshogi cover-up was "worst ever."

Devin Fergus (@Devin_Fergus) joins us to discuss his new book, Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class. In this book, Fergus explores the impact of hidden consumer fees on wealth inequality in the US. Ever since the deregulatory wave of the 1970s, rising fees have redistributed wealth from the average consumer to corporations, shutting people — particularly the historically marginalized — out of middle class indicators like home ownership, higher education, and transportation. He also points his finger at the government, which, rather than raise taxes on the wealthy, has increased its revenue by increasing fees and fines, essentially placing a regressive tax on society's most vulnerable. To combat this, Fergus recommends increased regulations and a re-framing of what "good credit" means, among other things.

A challenge to Steven Crowder: stop being a coward and debate Sam.

On the fun half: Broflamingo on how Sam murked Kirk and the role of white supremacy in the Kavanaugh confirmation. Jeff in GA (DissidentPeasant.com) calls out Crowder. Fox News equates bombs sent to media outlets with meals interrupted by protesters. CNN anchors interrupt broadcast for pipe bomb. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) says "both sides" need to tone down the "rhetoric." DHS claims there are Middle Eastern migrants in the caravan headed for US border; Sarah Huckabee Sanders affirms it. Jeffrey Toobin asks if the media is complicit in Trump's inflammatory rhetoric. The crew watches the final portion of Sam's debate with Charlie Kirk, in which he schools Kirk on regulations, the '08 crisis, and how banks work.

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Direct download: 10-24-18-Devin_Fergus-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:51pm EST

Sam is back from Politicon. Let's see how he did in his debate against Charlie Kirk!

On today's show: Sam's debate with Charlie gets the Bob's Burgers treatment. Trump explains why he's a nationalist, not a globalist. Trump wants reporters to embed with migrant caravan to find MS 13 and terrorists. Mike says CBP apprehends 10 terrorists every day at the southern border. Fox news segment: "Griff Jenkins foils illegals' attempt to cross border."

On the fun half: John from San Antonio calls in with his latest predictions for the midterms. The crew watches (part of) Sam's debate with Charlie Kirk, in which he schools him on the GOP tax cuts, single-payer healthcare, top marginal tax rates, and more. Plus: A caller's conspiracy theory about who's really funding the migrant caravan.

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Direct download: 10-23-18-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm EST

Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites), author of Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, joins us.

On today's show: Candidate Andrew Gillum talks about climate change while DeSantis looks like his human face is about to melt off in FL gubernatorial debate.

Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites) joins us to discuss his new book, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. In this book, the former New York Times columnist explores how global elites' efforts to "change the world" through NGOs and charity work actually just preserve their position atop the hierarchy. Rather than let these elites coast on the fantasy of the meritocracy and an updated form of feudal noblesse oblige, Giridharadas calls on regular people to build mass movements capable of changing the system in ways that get closer to the root causes of inequality.

On the fun half: Tattooed army vet Richard Ojeda takes on corporate polluters in effective WV Congressional campaign ad. Josh from Chicago continues Friday's discussion of race and class. Charlie Kirk flips out at Hasan Piker at Politicon. Sam schools Charlie Kirk on how banks work. How did Cenk Uygur do in his debate against Tucker Carlson? Tucker Carlson says the problem with Khashoggi's death is "ruling class" overreaction. Jared Kushner talks to Van Jones about his advice to MBS. Brenda calls in about Trump's attack on transgender people. Gohmert and Bill Hemmer talk about the migrant caravan being Soros funded. Brian Kilmeade lies about ankle bracelets, says they're largely cut off when there's actually a 99% compliance rate.

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Direct download: 10-22-18-Anand_Ghiridharas-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:23pm EST

Cliff Schecter (@CliffSchecter) from the UnPresidented podcast joins us.

On today's show: Pompeo says Saudi Arabia should get a few more days for Khashoggi investigation. Cliff Schecter (@CliffSchecter) joins us to discuss the week in news including the fallout from Jamal Khashoggi's murder, Chuck Schumer and the Dems stumbling into the midterms, and the GOP's new take on preexisting conditions. Also: Trump hails body slamming Congressman Greg Gianforte in Montana.

On the fun half: VA House rep Dave Brat tells prison inmates they both got it tough, conflates opponent with Nancy Pelosi. Danny from PA gives an update on the "window of justice" bill that would extend the statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases. Is the Marxist left alienating POC by applying an economic analysis to the rise of right-wing populism? Jason Miller suing Will Menaker of Chapo Trap House for calling him a "rat face baby killer." Tom Friedman is still defending his fawning MBS piece. Jamie hobnobs with AOC.

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Direct download: 10-19-18-Cliff_schecter-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:58pm EST

Jeff Hauser (@jeffhauser) from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) joins the Majority Report to discuss his latest piece in The Hill, "Dems Can Use Subpoena Power to Reclaim the Mantle of Populism." In this piece, Jeff lays out plans for how Democratic representatives in Congress could use their powers of oversight to stand up for regular people by uncovering corruption of all kinds across not only the breadth of the Trump administration, but the economy as a whole. Also: Hauser's take on Chuck Schumer's terrible leadership and what the Democrats would do if they wanted to effectively resist the GOP.

On the fun half: John from San Antonio offers up some topics for Politicon, reminds Sam to give Bernie credit. Dissident Peasant a.k.a. Jeff in GA gets stoked about Stacey Abrams for governor. GA's secretary of state releases voting PSA where they don't even try to hide voter suppression. How likely are the Democrats to make voting rights federal, if/when they take back power? Eric Trump lies about government deficit and debt. Larry Kudlow claims tax revenue is growing, deficit shrinking. Eric Trump claims his family is not in any way invested in Saudi Arabia. YDSA member confronts TP USA coward about racist group chats. Charlie Kirk copies Benny Johnson's misleading Kanye tweet. What is the long-term inoculation against capital rolling back progressive gains in the future? Jamie and Sam debate the role of economics in Trump's rise to power.

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Direct download: 10-18-18-Jeff_Hauser-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:29pm EST

Tina Vasquez (@TheTinaVasquez) of Rewire.News joins the Majority Report to discuss her latest piece, "Abolish ICE: Beyond a Slogan."

On today's show: Mike Pompeo says "I don't want to talk about any of the facts" re: Khashoggi.

Tina Vasquez, of Rewire.News, joins us to talk about her latest piece, "Abolish ICE: Beyond a Slogan." The 2003 birth of ICE as an agency used to target Muslims after 9/11. How inflated funding enabled ICE to become a paramilitary body. How ICE's activities changed from the Obama years to the Trump years. The web of agencies implicated in terrorizing immigrants and the role played by private prison contractors. What abolishing ICE and ICE-like practices would actually entail, and what should replace it: a community-based alternative to a violent immigration system.

On the fun half: Ted Cruz says it's been a partisan circus since 2016...Beto O'Rourke says "that's funny" given Cruz's record. Beto O'Rourke explains why Trump called Cruz "Lyin' Ted," calls out Cruz's vote for tax break. Lindsey Graham jokes DNA test will reveal he's Iranian — "That would be, like, terrible" — prompting Brian Kilmeade to defend Iranians. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's surprisingly woke tweets and budding connection with Virgil Texas(!) Was Warren's DNA test the wrong move? Josh from Chicago says NY Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins is dead to him because he appeared with Jimmy Dorr. "The Today Show" profiles white nationalist group Identity Evropa. Photo of Gavin McInnes with no beard reveals he has no chin. Tracing Hitchens' political devolution. Black Voters Matter blocked (temporarily) from taking seniors to vote. A caller on Redneck Revolt, gun culture, and self-defense on the left.

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Direct download: 10-17-18-Tina_Vasquez-pub.mp3
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Marshall Steinbaum (@Econ_Marshall), the Research Director & Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute joins us to detail the demise of Sears and explain the state in our current financial system. Steinbaum lays out how the wealthiest parties in the economy use their legal standing to maximize profits at the expense of the company's financial health. At the heart of the Sears bankruptcy is the company's CEO Eddie Lampert. Lampert loaded debt onto the foundational parts of Sears' business while spinning off the corporation's most profitable pieces to his own hedge funds when the bills came due. This financial business model has grown over the past several decades as judicial interpretations have loosened antitrust laws, allowing corporations to be increasingly profitable for a smaller and smaller class of shareholders. Steinbaum and Sam also discuss Amazon's big PR push for $15 an hour raise and why third-party contracted workers may not receive the newly raised salary.

And in the Fun Half: Sam's disappointing softball stats, Ralph Nader is open to Bloomberg 2020, How Sam should debate Charlie Kirk, Scott Walker wants to gut the ACA but has a family with preexisting conditions, NY WFP gives its line to Cuomo, Eddie Glaude explains how "Campus Free Speech" is a conservative cottage industry, the racist TPUSA chapter at FIU, how does a Sanders campaign differ from a Warren campaign, Patriot Prayer and the gun cache in Portland, a caller describes working for Alex Jones, how Eddie Lampert is also taking Sears Canada for ride, Florida races will come down to the wire, plus your calls and IMs!

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Author Erik Loomis (@ErikLoomis) joins us to discuss his new book, A History of America in Ten Strikes.

On today's show: Elizabeth Warren takes DNA test, finds she has some Native American ancestry; Trump refuses to pay up.

Erik Loomis (@ErikLoomis) joins us to discuss his new book, A History of America in Ten Strikes. Why organized labor must oppose racism and sexism if it is going to succeed. What's happened in the past when (white) workers chose race over class, particularly in the south. How a sympathetic (or at least neutral) government can play a role in labor victories. The Democratic Party's spotty history with labor and why Loomis believes labor progressives can, and should, take over the Democratic Party now. Some important strikes in history.

On the fun half: Fox News' twisted take on Antifa and the Proud Boys' conflict in NYC. Gavin McInnes on why violence is the answer. Trump's primary regret so far? How badly the press has treated him. Trump says 60 Minutes' fact-checking doesn't matter: "I'm president, you're not." CNN focus group of independent voters calls Trump a dictator.  Larry Kudlow says UN scientists "overestimate" on climate change. Marco Rubio says he won't 'destroy our economy' for climate change. ND support for Heitkamp increases among soybean farmers hurt by Trump's tariffs on China. A call from the Mooch! Dave in Jamaica questions the intelligence/character of CNN's independent voters; Jamie agrees, exhorts the Democrats not to center them. An update on the sex abuse scandal in the PA Catholic church. Racist white woman ("Cornerstone Caroline") accuses black child of groping her in a store. A caller explains why his dad voted Obama 2x, then swung to Trump.

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Direct download: 10-15-18-Erik_Loomis-pub.mp3
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Heather “Digby” Parton (@digby56) and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) join us.

On today's show: Michigan GOP governor is a creep in found 1989 TV interview.

Digby a.k.a. Heather Parton, of Salon.com and Hullabaloo, joins us to break down the news from Washington. Turkey has video of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The economic ties that keep the White House from holding the Saudi government responsible. Brett Kavanaugh as reactionary activist judge. Chuck Schumer's failed leadership. Trump's court packing as existential threat to the Democrats.

Matthew "Film Guy" Weiss (@langdonboom) joins us to talk movies. Today's pick: Okja (2017), from Bong Joon-ho (director of Snowpiercer), is a heartwrenching action-adventure factory farm dystopia. The crew talks compassion for animals, Sam's brief stint on the Atkins diet, and how Matthew's new low-meat lifestyle has helped him lose weight and feel good!

On the fun half: Paul Ryan brazenly lies about Medicare-for-all. Is compulsory voting a good idea? Melania Trump: "I'm the most bullied person on the world." Jeff Flake wants Trump primaried so we can return to "real conservative values." Steve Mnuchin going to Saudi Arabia despite Khashoggi disappearance, says Saudis have been a "good partner." DHS coerces 5-year-old girl from Honduras to sign away her rights.

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Eric Levitz (@EricLevitz) of New York Magazine joins Michael to discuss his latest piece on conservative outrage and militarism, "Republicans: Protesters Are an Unruly Mob — Unless They’re Heavily Armed and Support Us."

On today's show: TV shrink Gina Loudon says she has learned to trust Donald Trump.

Eric Levitz, staff writer at New York Magazine, joins us to discuss his latest piece, "Republicans: Protesters Are an Unruly Mob — Unless They’re Heavily Armed and Support Us." In it, he argues that the GOP's attacks on anti-Kavanaugh protesters are rooted in (authoritarian) principle that dictates only conservatives can wield dissent properly. When progressives — particularly POC — do it, it's a "scary mob." Levitz's take on Eric Holder's statement: "when they go low, we kick them. That's what this new Democratic Party is about." How the Clintons triangulated on issues of race. What's changed since the '90s to allow for a new kind of politics.

On the fun half: How important a quality is "viability" in a Democratic candidate? More discussion of Bernie 2020. Voter suppression in FL and GA. Trump says there wouldn't be a Saudi Arabia without the US. Donald Trump says he has spoken with the Saudis about the "very bad" disappearance of Khasshogi. Dissident Peasant on racist voter ID laws in GA. (Vote Stacey Abrams!) Jordan Peterson explains the wonders of a meat only diet to Dr. Oz. Laura Ingraham rewrites history, lies about Trump's neo-Nazi Charlottesville comments. Trump says Bernie's Medicare-for-all plan will raise Americans' taxes by 400%.

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Direct download: 10-11-18-Eric_levitz-pub.mp3
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On today's show: Trump wants to know who "drew" the IPCC report. How the GOP is suppressing the voting rights of Native Americans in ND. Ford lays off 20% of workforce due to Trump's tariffs. Trump at Iowa rally warns of the Democrat "left wing mob" ahead of midterms, implies Feinstein leaked Blasey Ford letter; crowd chants "lock her up!" Rand Paul frets over the current political climate, says he fears the left will assassinate someone, tweeted very recently about the right to take up arms against the government. Kellyanne Conway says it's Democrats like Hillary Clinton who are violent and uncivil. Related: GOP still trying to murder people via healthcare policy.

On the fun half: Rand Paul gets under Brian Kilmeade's skin re: endless war in the Middle East. A caller wonders if voters are inclined to act in favor of the status quo (no). A caller defends nuclear power. Trump says he hopes the Jamal Khashoggi (disappeared journalist in Saudi Arabia) situation will sort itself out. Thomas Friedman writes bad, possibly dangerous take on MBS and Khashoggi. Jeff in GA a.k.a. Dissident Peasant has a novel idea about using ice floes to dispose of the ruling class.

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New York Magazine's David Wallace-Wells, (@dwallacewells) joins us to discuss the new IPCC report on the acceleration of the climate crisis. Read his piece, "How Did the End of the World Become Old News?"

On today's show: Nikki Haley out at UN, claims the world now respects US power.

David Wallace-Wells, deputy editor of New York Magazine, joins us to discuss his piece on climate change, "How Did the End of the World Become Old News?" In this piece, Wallace-Wells goes over scientific findings on the scope and immediacy of a climate change crisis. This crisis will impact many areas of human life: Some cities will literally be too hot to live in, the world's grain production will drop, conflict will rise, and the GDP will decrease. We have the technology to totally green the economy, but that option is politically impossible even in the US, and would only work if the whole world did it. While he has no definitive answers, Wallace-Wells offers alarming ways to frame the issue to make the average person care. Post-interview, Jamie gives her reasoning for why there's no way to solve this problem under global capitalism.

On the fun half: Joe Rogan's alt-right following. Will the Kavanaugh appointment make liberals stop rehabilitating figures like GWB? Jacob Soboroff asks UC Davis students if they're voting...they're probably not. Trump says he likes Taylor Swift's music "about 25% less" than he did before she told fans to vote for Democrats. Sebastian Gorka claims the left has "normalized violence in America in the last two years." Kavanaugh pledges to be "independent and impartial," immediately drags his haters. A caller reminds folks in New York's 22nd district to vote Anthony Brindisi for Congress. Richard Linklater made a TX Senate race ad that asks: "Is Ted Cruz tough as Texas?" Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh's family for "terrible pain and suffering."

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Direct download: 10-08-18-David_Wallace_Wells-pub.mp3
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Good morning on today's show, Carol Anderson, (@ProfCAnderson) the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy joins us.

Carol Anderson's One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy explores the history of voting and its struggle to make democracy real through the 15th amendment. Anderson examines previous examples of voter suppression like the poll tax and literacy test in the 19th century as points where black voters and poor voters were kept from the polls in southern states. In modern times, voter ID laws have become the hot legislation to disenfranchise citizens from voting. Anderson cites Indiana's 2005 voter ID law as a particularly absurd measure which was enacted in a state that had never charged a citizen with voter fraud. Anderson argues that the 14th and 15th amendment have been stripped of their legal protections by cases brought to the Supreme Court. Anderson argues that Reagan's southern strategy and the migration of the Dixiecrats to the Republican party helped drive the GOP further to the right and are now doubling down on a white ethnic identity party funded by special corporate interest. So what's next? Anderson insists that non-partisan redistricting commissions come to the forefront, beyond that we must elect politicians whose commitment to the Voting Rights Act is unquestionable.

And in the Fun Half: Climate catastrophe, Brett Stephens' bad faith climate argument, fascist regimes will fail to protect their constituents, the Teamster UPS contract dispute, Michael goes in on the idea of "anti-corruption" political campaigns citing last night's election in Brazil, Mitch McConnell's career dedication to the ultra-elite is unmatched in American history, Orin Hatch dismisses female protestors in the most unsavory way, it's Dinesh Dsouza revisionist history hours on Fox & Friends, Taylor Swift is voting Democratic and Charlie Kirk is crushed, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 10-08-18-Carol_Anderson-pub.mp3
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Sam is live from the Mass Torts conference in Las Vegas, NV.

Sam speaks with David Pakman (@dpakman), host of the David Pakman Show, live from the Mass Torts Conference in Las Vegas. Sam and David break down the ins and outs of how the Kavanaugh vote could go. Does the left, broadly speaking, need to be more aware of the judiciary branch? And what does that actually mean in practice? Also: The new NAFTA is a real mixed bag for workers.

Sam speaks with lawyer Michael Berg about his work representing victims of gas explosions: How our crumbling infrastructure contributes to the problem, how gas companies are committing malfeasance, and what Berg and his clients are doing to fight back.

Sam speaks with Bobby Kennedy about his work holding Monsanto accountable for exposing people to pesticides that cause cancer, particularly lymphoma. In addition to outlining his current work, Kennedy gives some history of Monsanto's crimes in the name of profit, stretching back to its current parent company IG Farben.

On the fun half: Chuck Grassley and Maria Bartiromo wonder if George Soros is behind the Kavanaugh protests, Trump tweets about it 80 minutes later. Rep. Louis Gohmert goes Nazi on George Soros, the Democratic Party. A sex worker and DACA recipient calls in to give her perspective on SESTA/FOSTA and how these laws will hurt both sex workers and trafficking victims. Trump has toilet paper stuck to his shoe as he boards AF1 for MN rally. Generation Forward poll finds millennials favor socialism over capitalism, especially millennial POC. DCCC ad takes on tax breaks for the wealthy. Another ad encourages young people to vote for Democrats to own the olds. The Yankees cross a hotel strike picket line in Boston.

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Direct download: 10-05-18-Sam_Mass_Torts-pub.mp3
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Good morning everyone, on today's show, Sam reports from the Torts conference in Las Vegas. For those new to the MR family, a brief explainer: Sam heads twice a year to the Mass Torts Conference in Las Vegas and gives an inside look into the biggest legal battles against America's worst corporate actors.

Sam sits down with attorney Jeff Gaddy from Levin Papantonio to discuss the status of the multi-state Opioid lawsuit and how lawyers are using similar tactics those used in the Big Tobacco lawsuit of the 80s. Sam is then joined by Steve Babin an attorney with Chapin Legal Group who is engaged in an interesting work wage lawsuit defending exotic dancers in Ohio looking to win dancers backpay for years of dubious independent contracting and indefensible wages.  Attorney Becca Timmons explains how SESTA-FOSTA legislation is both trying to hold tech companies accountable for human trafficking but is simultaneously driving sex workers to the dark web. Sam then interviews attorney Daniel Nigh about his lawsuit against Valsartan which has been recalled for having NDNA in it, a compound found in jet fuel, and how corporations too often make the decision that allows tainted products to reach consumers.

And in the Fun Half: demoralizing polling for Democrats in the wake of the Kavanaugh investigation, why we need greater female representation in government, Heidi Heitkamp is a No on Kavanaugh, Devin Nunes' illegal immigrant farmers, Americans in Brazil have the worst of both political worlds.

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Direct download: 10-04-18-Sam_Mass_Torts-pub.mp3
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Meagan Day, staff writer at Jacobin Magazine, joins the Majority Report to discuss her piece, "The Banality of Brett Kavanaugh."

On today's show: Trump mocks Christine Blasey Ford: "I don't remember."

Meagan Day, staff writer at Jacobin Magazine, joins us to discuss her piece in Jacobin, "The Banality of Brett Kavanaugh." After his unhinged testimony, casual perjury, and completely unremarkable hearings about his judicial record, Brett Kavanaugh has revealed himself to be the poster boy for Unremarkable White Men. In this piece, Day explores how this nomination fight spotlights the American myth of the meritocracy, and how that idea is used to justify massive inequality. From Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, to the rise of Trump, to incompetence in Democratic Party leadership, recent events reveal the crumbling edifice of American meritocracy and the resultant rise of a populist impulse that could be used for good or ill. Also: in her piece "Austerity By Paperwork," Day explores how conservative politicians are limiting access to social safety net benefits like Medicaid by making it increasingly difficult to qualify, or even apply. The answer: universal programs.

On the fun half: Was DSA being "just like Jimmy Dore" when they released their statement on AOC endorsing Cuomo? Danny Glover films PSA in support of Lula. A caller on what we can learn from Mao Zedong and other flawed communist leaders. Amazon's Alexa schools Stephen Crowder on socialism, shows herself to be a crazy SJW liberal. News report shows DHS was unprepared to deal with family separation policy, resulting in horrible conditions for detainees. Amazon workers celebrate news of new $15/hour minimum wage for all US workers. Is "dum dum" left a bad term? A story from an elite all-boys summer camp. Numerous potential sources say the FBI has not contacted them in Kavanaugh investigation.

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Direct download: 10-03-18-Meagan_Day-pub.mp3
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Journalist Jessica Bruder joins Sam to discuss her book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century, on how a generation of Americans has redefined their ambitions.

On today's show: Ben Shapiro caught off guard when guest calls Israel "an Apartheid state."

Journalist Jessica Bruder speaks with Sam about her new book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century. In researching this book, Brider spoke with people all over the country, mostly older Americans, who gave up their homes, moved into RVs, and took on precarious contract work to survive when Social Security and other benefits came up short. From Amazon factories during the holiday season, to campgrounds in eastern California, Bruder's research shows that, for many people, the American Dream of the 20th century has transformed into a roving life of seasonal work at the mercy of whether a car or RV can take you to a job opportunity.

On the fun half: A caller questions whether Elizabeth Warren's left liberal approach is enough to solve the problems of capitalism. Jamie and Michael argue about "flat earth" conspiracy theories. A caller on Brett Kavanaugh and the crisis of white supremacy. Text messages suggest Kav is lying about not knowing Deborah Ramirez. Trump says Kavanaugh's youthful drinking shouldn't disqualify him. Matt reads select passages from Tucker Carlson's latest literary work. Tucker Carlson's racist dog whistle of the night is "white genocide." Carlson stumbles over gender pronoun usage. Is Bernie Sanders the only candidate who can beat Trump? Bernie congratulates Jeff Bezos on paying his employees $15/hour. Alex Trebek goes on weird tangent about not being molested by Catholic priests at PA senatorial debate. Brendan recommends a piece in The New Yorker: "Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump, and the Things Men Do For Other Men."

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Direct download: 10-02-18-Jessica_Bruder-pub.mp3
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Nathan Robinson (@NathanJRobinson), Editor-in-Chief of Current Affairs, joins us to discuss his latest essay, "How We Know Kavanaugh Is Lying."

On today's show: Jeff Flake and Chris Coons say Kavanaugh is disqualified if he lied under oath.

Nathan Robinson joins us to discuss how we know Nathan Robinson is lying. According to the legal principle "falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus," a witness who lies about one thing is not credible enough to testify about anything. And Kavanaugh's lies are numerous. From his insistence that he never attended a gathering like the one Christine Blasey Ford says she was attacked at, to his denial of a well-documented drinking habit, to his absurd misrepresentation of "Renate alum," Kavanaugh undermined his credibility (and perjured himself) at every turn. Senate Democrats' lukewarm performance and the limits of an FBI investigation. Jake Tapper defends Kellyanne Conway's baseless assertion that the White House isn't micromanaging the FBI investigation.

On the fun half: Tucker Carlson hyperventilates about the media's "race obsession" w/r/t Kavanaugh, worries it's going to start "some kind of conflict." Elizabeth Warren talks female anger, says she might run for president in 2020. John from San Antonio pushes back on Sam re: whether or not Bernie wants to run. Tucker Carlson can't bait professor Jason Nichols into reverse racism debate. Ben Shapiro calls Norway a "Marxist paradise," says they've got equality due to "social capital," not redistribution. A caller criticizes affirmative action on corporate boards.

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Direct download: 9-28-18-Nathan_Robinson-pub.mp3
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Eddie Glaude, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University, joins us.

On today's show: Sen. Dick Durbin asks Kavanaugh to call for FBI investigation; he won't do it.

Professor Eddie Glaude (@esglaude) joins us to break down the Kavanaugh hearings. What the GOP's continued support of Kavanaugh says about how far the US hasn't come as a nation. The indignant rage of patriarchy under threat. Comparisons with the Anita Hill hearings and what, if anything, is different now. The potential for impeachment down the line. The counter-narrative that will give cover to the Senators who vote to confirm Kavanaugh. Donald Trump as symptom of what's wrong with the GOP. The disingenuousness of being outraged by Trump's style, rather than his policies.

Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) joins us for a bit of catharsis. Kav gets belligerent with Sen. Amy Klobuchar when questioned about his drinking.

A new Jimmy Reefercake/Adam Rainstopper jam is played.

On the fun half: CNN's Jeffrey Toobin calls Jeff Flake spineless and pathetic. Sen. Richard Blumenthal probes Kavanaugh's lies about what "Renate Alumnus" means. Kav's Yale classmante Lynn Brookes says he's lying about his drinking. Supercut of Kav raving about "BEER." Why don't the Democrats wield anger and outrage the way the Republicans do? A Jimmy Dore fan calls in to argue with us, calls Jamie a Democratic Party apologist. Kavanaugh and Mitchell discuss July first entry about who was at the party. Liberty University student defends Kavanaugh, says it's okay to assault if it means ending abortion. Coon and Ford discuss when she brought letter to Congressman, during "shortlist" period.

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Direct download: 9-28-18-Eddie_Glaude-Judy_Gold-pub.mp3
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Our coverage of Brett Kavanaugh's meltdown testimony. Back as usual tomorrow.

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Direct download: 9-27-18-Brett_Kavanaugh-Testimony-pub.mp3
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Live coverage of Christine Ford's testimony on her allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.

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Murtaza Hussain joins us to discuss his latest piece from the Intercept, "The US Goes to War Against the ICC to Cover Up Alleged War Crimes in Afghanistan." Hussain and Michael break down how and why John Bolton and the US are threatening sanctions against global officials at International Criminal Court, who are looking to bring charges against US actors in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Murtaza breaks down the United States' relationship to the ICC and why it stands as the great chance to bring war crimes against the US officials from the George W. Bush administration. The crimes levied against US officials in Afghanistan deal specifically with detention policies enacted by American military and government officials and contractors hired to help the war effort beginning in 2003. Michael and Murtaza place these accusations in the context of a Trump administration that is a strange brew of outwardly isolationist rhetoric while maintaining deference to "the Generals" and unfettered military action. Taking a broader focus in the Middle East, Murtaza and Michael discuss the path forward in Syria and what happens at the end of "revolution," and what happens after "people cannot breathe anymore." Now in Syria, Murtaza sees a double down from Assad, a government that employs violence and oppression in the near future.

And in the Fun Half: Trump-worshippers are unenthusiastic about the midterms, why doorknocking works, Michael Moore's covering Flint, MI, could Democrats impeach Kavanaugh, Bill Cosby's publicist says his client and Kavanaugh are victims of a "sex war," Trump says China will keep the GOP from keeping its majority in November, chances of Avenatti in 2020, impeaching Kavanaugh from the DC Circuit court, how voting works in Brasil, engaging with anarcho-syndicalists, personal politics & voting, Trump talks options in Venezuela, Missouri GOP Senate candidate uses his son pre-existing condition to push ACA repeal, Texas State Senator Charles Schwertner is under investigation for sexual misconduct, gaming as recruiting ground for white nationalist groups, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 9-26-18-Murtaza_Hussain-pub.mp3
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Louis Hyman (@louishyman), historian of work and business at the ILR School of Cornell University, joins us to discuss his new book, Temp: How American Work, American Business and the American Dream Became Temporary.

On today's show: UN audience laughs when Trump boasts of achievements.

Louis Hyman joins us to discuss his book, Temp: How American Work, American Business and the American Dream Became Temporary. In this book, Hyman looks at changes in the economy from the 1930s to the 1970s and from the 1970s to today. The New Deal era's efforts to make capitalism work for "everybody" (but mostly for white men).  The cultural shift that occurred in the '60s and '70s with the rise of the conglomerate and the use of efficiency consultants. How the financial crisis of the 1970s enabled this shift. How bosses began to see women and POC as a reserve pool of labor. How the rise of the gig economy corresponds with that of the service economy. The need for new labor formations that are not mere reiterations of what we saw during the New Deal era.

Rep. Kevin Cramer questions whether the accusation against Kavanaugh should disqualify him, even if it's true.

On the fun half: Ronald Raygun on the rape in "Revenge of the Nerds" and how abuse is normalized. Michael Avenatti explains to Rachel Maddow why Mark Judge needs to go before the Senate amid gang rape allegation. Avenatti's questions for Kavanaugh emailed to Mike Davis. Kavanaugh's Yale roommate believes he could have done it; Kav's high school yearbook page full of references to drinking, being a "Renate alum" (Renate being a girl they all held hands with). Kavanaugh says he "never did such a thing," repeats himself explaining away Deborah Ramirez allegations. Kav's defense against gang rape claim: he was a virgin for "many years" after high school. Kav gets emotional defending his record with women law clerks, wants fairness. Mindy on how Republican women are gender traitors. Dave Rubin tries to re-appropriate the term "reactionary right" in total galaxy brain move. Anti-Kav protesters chase Ted Cruz out of DC restaurant, compare his looks unfavorably to those of Beto O'Rourke.

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Direct download: 9-25-18-Louis_Hyman-pub.mp3
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On today's show: Is deputy AG Rod Rosenstein about to get fired for his role in the Mueller investigation? Sean Hannity expects Donald Trump will fire Robert Mueller after Hurricane Florence passes. Mitch McConnell says they're going to "plow through" with Kavanaugh's nomination. Kavanaugh pal Ed Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, libels a random person in rush to publicize doppelganger theory. Fox and Friends slow to let go of doppelganger theory. What was the "Women for Kavanaugh" bus tour really about?  Fox and Friends "legal expert": Kavanaugh "has been rehabilitated," so there's no problem confirming him. "Republican voter" women on CNN defending Kavanaugh are actually GOP operatives.

On the fun half: GOP AZ Rep. Paul Gosar's brothers and sisters appear in ad for his opponent, David Brill. Jimmy Dore calls out AOC for fast endorsement of Cuomo, has no understanding of how power works. A caller spotlights how liberals are afraid of conflict. Jamie notes that most working class people don't vote and many can't, and the left shouldn't leave them behind. Jeff in Philly rails against AOC, says Crowley is a "better Democrat" than her. A caller marvels at Jimmy Dorr's idiocy.

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We are joined by Digby (@digby56) and Corey Pein (@coreypein).

On today's show: GOP Congressman Ralph Norman (R-SC) jokes about Ruth Bader Ginsburg being groped by Abraham Lincoln.

Heather "Digby" Parton (@digby56), of Salon.com and Hullabaloo, joins us to break down the latest news from Washington. Kavanaugh was promoted from the start as someone who is nice to women; coincidence? Will blind GOP support of Kavanaugh turn off Republican women voters? Digby says yes. What will happen to abortion law if Roe is overturned? Parallels with the Anita Hill hearings and the old tactic of slut-shaming. Kav's damning connection to sexual harasser Alex Kozinski. Paul Manafort's plea deal.

Corey Pein (@coreypein), author of "Live, Work, Work, Work, Die: A Journey Into The Savage Heart of Silicon Valley" and host of the "News From Nowhere" podcast, joins us. Jordan Peterson is suing a Cornell professor for calling him a misogynist; so much for the free exchange of ideas. The parallels with Richard Spencer and how the far right adapts to whatever kind of society they're operating within, appropriating liberal values they do not believe in. Will Mike Bloomberg's "I'd do her" comments and blatant conflicts of interest torpedo his presidential aspirations? Corey recommends three movies: "The Death of Stalin," "Sorry to Bother You," and "Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle."

On the fun half: Tony Blair says the British should "build bridges" with Steve Bannon. Fran from Philly on Catholic morality and lust. Noam Chomsky and his Brazilian wife Valeria Wasserman visit Lula in prison. Brenda on the latest right wing Youtube opportunist, a transphobic and sexist trans woman. Does the Dalai Lama support ethno-nationalism?

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Direct download: 9-21-18-Digby-Corey_Pein-pub.mp3
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Professor Adam Tooze latest book, Crashed How A Decade of Financial Crisis Changed the Worldtakes a detailed look at the fallout from the 2008 financial crash following the subprime mortgage crisis. Tooze takes a global view of the financial meltdown and shows how no part of our global banking system was left unaffected by this series of financial heart attacks. The windup to the crisis can be attributed to the surge in subprime mortgage in 2004 and the short-term, money-market based funding which led to the crisis in 2008. The market could have recovered if only small banks were investing in the subprime field, however, the systemic risk came from the biggest banks having such big investment in the shakiest subprime loan investments.

Tooze sees the US's technocratic response to the crash as fairly robust but one that led each side of the political spectrum in opposite direction--namely, the Tea Party & Occupy Wall Street. Tooze sees the contemporary Republican Party as absolutely opposed to the idea that government can create policies to correct market inefficiencies or its bad actors--it can only liberate. Beyond the US, Tooze believes that similar strains of populist and nationalism have sprung up in Spain, Greece, Portugal, and Italy. Tooze and Sam discuss how privatizing profits and socializing costs in the post-2008 crash are the by-products  Obama and his administration choosing to save the banks and hand the people its cost while Americans lost their homes, jobs, and invested wealth.

So where are we now? According to Tooze, we are heading in the wrong direction towards a crisis, although one that is not as bad as 2008. America's relationship with emerging markets is a complex one that should concern the global community. But above all, the unwinding of Dodd-Frank will allow banks to work with fewer checks and increase the chances of market downturns in the future.

And in the Fun Half: George Mason asks Mercatus Center "new phone...lol who dis?", Jake Tapper: JOURNALIST--Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez addresses the $40 Trillion Question, Jimmy Dore has new fans, the Sierra Club & Raygun's tight spot, Jeff Sessions is flooding the immigration debate, everybody wants to talk about Jimmy Dore, James O'Keefe is back, baby!, Madea Benjamin protests the Hudson Institute's call for war with Iran, ICE & CBP claim they are unaware of health risks associated with child detention, plus your lovely calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 9-20-18-Adam_Tooze-pub.mp3
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On today's show: Trump says Florence is "wetting in terms of water." Florence causes massive runoff from factory farms, kills 32. South Carolina refused to evacuate prisons in path of hurricane. Anita Hill says Joe Biden "deferred to power," created a situation where she would suffer. Greg Gutfeld thinks what's happening to Brett Kavanaugh is more unfair than what happens to rape victims. Kav's classmate Mark Judge (spoiler alert!) posts creepy things on Facebook.

On the fun half: Trump says he's disappointed in Jeff Sessions "for many reasons." "Don Jr." educates us on the evils of dick shaming. An update on the crisis in Yemen and US culpability in it. A caller who read Jordan Peterson's book summarizes lobster man's thoughts on immigrants. Kennedy talks about weed soda on Fox Business News. Willie Nelson says on 'The View' that he supports Beto O'Rourke, doesn't care what anyone thinks of his politics. Is boomer hatred the class hatred of fools? Stormy Daniels' role in the cultural fight against Trump. Laurie Bertram Roberts (@smartstatistic) of the Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund (@fundmsabortions) on the history of abortion restrictions and their links to anxiety about white genocide.

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Jason Stanley, Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University and author of How Fascism Works, joins us.

On today's show: Mazie Hirono grills Kavanaugh about his clerkship with personal mentor Judge Alex Kozinski and how it's possible he never heard the open secret of his abusive behavior.

Jason Stanley (@jasonintrator), Professor of Philosophy at Yale, joins us to discuss his new book, 'How Fascism Works.' In this book, Stanley examines fascism from a philosophical perspective to catalog the various elements of fascist tactics, ideology and propaganda, including: law and order policy, attacking unions, destruction of norms, the one party state, looking back to a mythic past, and playing on people's anxiety during a crisis. Also on the menu: a zero sum mentality, anti-intellectualism, sexual angst, social conservatism, and social Darwinist ideas that naturalize hierarchy.

On the fun half: Stormy Daniels describes Trump's unusual, mushroom-like penis. Ken Starr says on CSPAN that he's "reaffirmed in my firm belief" in Kavanaugh because of all the women supporting him...by which we guess he means the 5 of 65 who stand by their support. Erick Erickson blows lid off Ford's eviction revenge plot; Kav's creepy friend Mark Judge flip-flops on what he remembers. Ted Cruz wishes Dems wouldn't be so quick to blame cops when they kill people; Beto O'Rourke speaks to Dallas church about Botham Jean's unjustifiable murder. Joe Rogan parrots conspiracy theories about land reform in South Africa. Trump's complacency may hurt GOP in midterms. McDonald's workers strike for $15/hour and against sexual harassment, with the support of Fight for 15. Disabled rights under attack in CA. Mark Judge's weird YouTube page. Caller Mariana reminds us how slippery and adaptable fascist messaging and tactics can be.

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Journalist Beth Macy, joins us to discuss her new book, DOPESICK: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America.

On today's show: Debra Katz, lawyer for Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Ford, says Ford considers it an attempted rape and is willing to testify.

Author Beth Macy (@papergirlmacy) joins us to discuss her new book, "DOPESICK: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America." For this book, Macy investigated the long term impacts the over-prescription of opiates has had on US communities. How unemployment drove a secondary market for opiates. Purdue Pharmaceutical's 1990s marketing of Oxycontin in places where workplace injuries were highest and the money they funneled into convincing people it was safe. The large budget Purdue devoted to wooing doctors and nurses. The type of harm reduction measures that work and where they've been implemented. Does anyone responsible for this epidemic feel any remorse?

On the fun half: It's time for Democrats to let go of their fealty to norms that no longer exist. Susan Collins says she will reserve judgment on the Kavanaugh accusation. Erick Erickson defends Brett Kavanaugh; Trump Jr. mocks the accusation on Instagram. A caller shares his experience in recovery, recommends kratom as an alternative to maintenance drugs like methadone. A Marxist perspective on the Cardi B/Nicki Minaj feud. Australian school girl Harper Nielsen takes a knee during national anthem in solidarity with indigenous people. A caller recalls how he first got hooked on opiates through his student health center.

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Cynthia Nixon comes up short in her challenge of Andrew Cuomo, but progressives gain across New York State.

The Host of the Benjamin Dixon, Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon ) joins us and explains the breaking news of the Paul Manafort plea deal. Manafort will plead guilty to defrauding the United States. Serious allegations of sexual assault by SCOTUS nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Was California Senator, Diane Feinstein, hiding the Kavanaugh allegations? Diane Feinstein proves she is politically and morally failing. Why republicans almost certainly knew about the allegations against Kavanaugh. Diene Feinstein pulls a Joe Biden. The IDC loses big in New York and why there is progressive momentum in New York politics and what it teaches us about the "dum dum left". The Jimmy Dore business model and the left version of Alex Jones. Why the dum dums are stupid about Obama and insane on Tucker Carelson and the Police and PR teams are smearing Botham Jean, after he was murdered in his apartment by an off duty police department.

Legendary comedian and Majority Report amigo Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler), defends his honor after a brutal review of his comedy in the UK. Andy still hates Ricky Gervais. Was there a mob mentality at the Kindler show. Bill O'Reilly happy that Michelle Wolf lost her show on Netflix, still seems unhappy and Dennis Miller getting even less funny?? And what does Andy Kindler do during the day?

On The Fun Half: Diane Feinstein needs to go. The Republican money advantage and how to understand ideology. Republicans in Texas remove Beto signs from someones sign. Tucker Carelson and Michael Avenatti, have a stupid fight and its kind of funny. Lou Dobbs and Ed Rollins are lying and disgusting about Trump's lies on Puerto Rico. How DuPont poisoned America and the lawsuits that took them down. Jerry Brown attacks Trump on Climate. Random Rush and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 9-12-18-ben_Dixon-Andy-Kindler-pub.mp3
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Dave Weigel (@daveweigel ) of the Washington Post (and his new newsletter, The Trailer) joins MR to talk about the end of the 2018 primary season. Weigel breaks down yesterday's Rhode Island primary which saw a centrist Democratic governor, Gina Raimondo, defend her ticket against Matt Brown, a Sanders-styled progressive. Weigel and Sam then break down the last series of primaries in New York, including Cuomo v. Nixon and Zephyr Teachout's chance to win the democratic ticket for Attorneys General. Cuomo has continued to tack left in the face of Nixon's challenge.  Weigel then breaks down the AG race in NY that is a 3-way race with Maloney, James, and Teachout all within a chance to win. Teachout has struck fear in Cuomo, Weigel floats the idea that there are New York voters who will vote for Teachout with the hope that she will impeach Cuomo. As for Maloney, his position as a swing district representative is problematic. If Maloney were to win the AG primary, the Democratic party would need to fill his spot on the NY-18 ballot.

Weigel then breaks down the 2018 midterm democratic messaging, "Republicans will take your healthcare away." Republicans are floundering with how many candidates in midterms are tied up in ACA repeal lawsuits across the country. But what's more surprising is that GOP leadership is planning to repeal the ACA but magically keep all the parts constituents enjoy in the ACA, including coverage for preexisting conditions. And in the Senate, Wiegel says McConnell is signaling to donors that they need more funds, as the most recent round of polling has shown GOP candidates are not pulling away in races they thought they would.

And in the Fun Half: Dave Rubin slams Sam in a Playboy feature, Kavanaugh and the pro-life vote, progressives getting shutdown in Maryland, Rick Santorum calls out "the country of Puerto Rico" for its lackluster response in dealing with its own crisis, Raygun calls in with flawless logic about why Puerto Rico is an island, why is America warehousing migrant children, our addiction to military industrial jobs, Dana Rohrbacher is standing up to Chinese people who eat dogs, Kevin McCarthy is out to get Big Tech...for silencing Republicans, will Obama endorse Gillum in Florida, why doesn't MR enter the armed-insurrection discourse, how the unions are reacting to the fissuring of New York political structures on the left,

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Direct download: 9-12-18-dave_weigel-pub.mp3
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Investigative journalist and friend of the show David Dayen (@ddayen) joins us to discuss his latest piece for The New Republic, "He Was The Resistance Inside The Obama Administration."

On today's show: Trump claims his administration's actions in Puerto Rico were an "unsung success."

David Dayen (@ddayen) joins us to discuss how Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner undermined President Obama's efforts to restructure the big banks following the financial crisis of 2008. In 2009, Obama ordered his Treasury Department to finalize a "resolution" for Citi Group that would help stabilize the economy. While Obama himself wasn't necessarily in favor of nationalization, the order left the team the leeway to take that option, and at least one of them (Larry Summers) was interested in it. Dayen reports on how Geithner essentially refused Obama's order and the negative impact his bank-friendly approach could have. Also: Chuck Schumer's non-existent strategy for blocking Trump's judicial nominees and The New York Times' uneven candidate endorsements.

On the fun half: Dana Loesch argues that Dallas murder victim story "could have been very different" if the victim "was a law abiding gun owner." Brit Hume defends Tucker Carlson's "diversity" comments. Carlson apes talking points from white nationalist Youtubers. John from San Antonio on the September 13 primaries. Rachel Maddow shares news that DHS moved $10M from FEMA to ICE. More on Obama's political failings. Should the Democrats spend more time debunking trickle down economics? A caller explains why the left is at a disadvantage when it comes to grassroots action around the judiciary. Kathy Hochul's willful ignorance of how class intersects with gender. Stefan Molyneux tells fans to get rid of their Nikes and join his cult. Steve Scalise claims tax cuts always help the economy, leaves out what happened under Bush II.

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Direct download: 9-12-18-david_dayen-pub.mp3
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Sam speaks with author and activist Darnell Moore (@Moore_Darnell) about his new book, 'No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America.'

On today's show: Trump is pumped for 9/11 memorial, praises the endless war on terror in Shanksville, PA.

Sam speaks with Darnell Moore about his book, 'No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America.' In this memoir, Moore details the abuse he suffered growing up black, gay and poor in Camden, NJ and how he learned to love himself. With an intersectional critique of white supremacy and heterosexism, Moore examines the complex ways toxic masculinity weaves itself into the lives of people in marginalized communities and society at large. Moore also discusses coming to terms with the actions of his abusive father, who was just 15 when Moore was born, and how his family and community impacted his development. Lastly, he discusses his involvement in the Movement for Black Lives and the importance of coalition building to all liberation movements.

On the fun half: Trump stars in his own version of "GoldenEye." How will automation affect the future of the labor movement? Trump makes light of terrorists who killed US soldiers in Omarosa tape. Miss Michigan introduces herself by blasting Flint's water problems. NM Congressional candidate Janice Arnold Jones slams Native American opponent Deb Haaland, says she didn't grow up on a reservation. Trump's jubilant 9/11 photo. Ezra Klein sucks off Silicon Valley. The MR crew remembers the 1973 coup in Chile, when socialist president Salvador Allende was overthrown by US-backed fascist Augusto Pinochet. Nicki Minaj vs. Cardi B: whose side are you on? Jamie ruins the fun half. Beto O'Rourke's great campaign ad. An update on Lula. A caller breaks down Dinesh D'Souza's new movie, plugs Punks for Progress and anarchist thinker Errico Malatesta. Michael's take on the #resistance response to Nike x Kaepernick.

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Direct download: 9-11-18-darnell_moore-pub.mp3
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On today's show: Tucker Carlson wants to know why you think diversity is good. Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro survives drone assassination attempt. What's the humanitarian answer to the crisis in Venezuela? Michael parallels the coup in Venezuela with Lula's situation in Brazil. Obama says Trump is the symptom, not the cause. Obama browbeats young people for not voting, takes zero responsibility for our current situation.

On the fun half: The dangers of advocating anti-imperialism without class analysis. Candace Owens shares New York Times conspiracy: they did the op-ed themselves. Will Trump pivot to economic nationalism? Jamie recalls sad Bernie bros at a DNC marijuana party. Cynthia Nixon responds to Rosh Hashanah NYS Dem Committee mailer. Ben Shapiro will not bake Dave Rubin a gay wedding cake and would not go to his anniversary party. Alex Jones' "de-platforming" from Twitter and the need to nationalize Big Tech. Elon Musk smokes a blunt with Joe Rogan, is still the worst. Is Doug Henwood right that the Democrats need a stronger platform to take back the House? A caller believes Nixon can beat Cuomo.

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Digby (Heather Parton) (@digby56) and Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) join us.

On today's show: Brett Kavanaugh may have perjured himself four times in 2008 confirmation hearings. Trump tries and fails twice to say the word "anonymous."

Digby (@Digby56), of Salon.com and Hullabaloo, joins us to discuss the latest news from the White House. The Democrats grow a spine for once. Kavanaugh's record as a right-wing activist. The $600k re-election fund Susan Collins will get if she votes against Kavanaugh. Digby's take on the anonymous NYT op-ed. Author of stolen memos calls for Kavanaugh's impeachment.

Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) joins us for her semi-regular rage fest. Judy gives props to Obama, negative shout outs to Lindsey Graham. But Obama framed m4a as a "new idea," isn't that kind of wack? Judy on having shows canceled over her politics and certain jokes she makes. Is Trump a regular Republican? A new Jimmy Reefercake song is played.

On the fun half: Alex Jones and Laura Loomer accost Jack Dorsey over Twitter "censorship" after tech hearing. Former basketball player Brock Gillespie says Nike's Kaepernick ad isn't bold, they should use Jesus instead. Stuart Varney explains to Fox and Friends how Jeff Bezos can prevent Whole Foods workers from unionizing. Tammy from TX recommends Henry Rollins' stand-up special. John Yoo says Kavanaugh didn't have anything to do with terrorist surveillance program. Blumenthal asks Kavanaugh if a judge can be attacked based on heritage, he won't answer. Kavanaugh refers to birth control as "abortion inducing drugs." Sheldon Whitehouse asks Kavanaugh about his connection to the Federalist Society; he plays dumb once more. A caller on the White House's mob-like backchannels to Justice Kennedy. Brenda makes a play for Michael's job.

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The Kavanaugh confirmation hearings continue apace.

On today's show: TV shrink Gina Loudon uses "science" and "psychological theory" to write a book about why Trump is "the most sound minded person to ever occupy the White House." Kamala Harris grills Kavanaugh on his discussion of the Mueller probe with Kasowitz, the law firm founded by Trump's personal lawyer. Cory Booker threatens to release Kavanaugh's racial profiling email as act of civil disobedience. Kavanaugh doesn't believe Roe v. Wade is settled precedent; Harris asks Kavanaugh about laws governing the male body. Richard Blumenthal presses Brett Kavanaugh to recuse himself on Trump's criminal and civil matters; he refuses. Booker questions Kavanaugh on Scalia's belief re: race and constitutionality, gets ominous answer.

On the fun half: Aspiring Milo replacement Brandon Straka makes boring video about how SJW culture made him "walk away" from the Democratic Party. Ronald Raygun on how the Trump cult is like Mormonism. A government photographer doctored Trump's inauguration crowd photos for him. NYT op-ed from anonymous White House staffer is self-serving, shitty. Trump addresses anonymous op-ed at his meeting with sheriffs. Why Malcolm Gladwell is wrong that Steve Bannon should be invited to speak at the New Yorker festival. Laura Loomer protests being "shadowbanned" from Twitter at Congressional hearing; Billy Long (R-MO) drowns her out with auction chant.

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Direct download: 9-06-18-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
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Chokwe Antar Lumumba (@ChokweALumumba), mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, speaks with Sam at NetRoots Nation.

On today's show: More of the Kavanaugh confirmation dog and pony show. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) questions Kavanaugh about a "mole" that hacked Democrats' emails during the Bush admin; Kavanaugh claims he has no recollection of getting an email about this. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) says all the non-incriminating stuff is already public, so what's the problem?

Sam plays his interview with Chokwe Antar Lumumba, mayor of Jackson, Mississippi. Oft referred to as "the most radical mayor in America," Lumumba reluctantly ran for mayor after his father, Chokwe Lumumba, died after just eight months in office. Lumumba discusses his programs that give loans to community and worker owned cooperatives, the role millennials play in the politics and development of Jackson, and what electoral politics can achieve in the fight for equality. Also: the role played by race, racism, and segregation, the need for a systemic critique, and what books he's been reading.

On the fun half: Marco Rubio confronts Alex Jones in a hallway. John from San Antonio on progressive races in FL, MA. What went into Ayanna Pressley's surprise win in MA? The moment Pressley found out she'd won. parkland father Fred Guttenberg tries to shake Kavanaugh's hand, gets snubbed. Did Republican operative Zina Bash flash an alt-right symbol at the confirmation hearing? Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says Democrats should vote to confirm Kavanaugh even though Republicans wouldn't even allow a hearing on Merrick Garland and a Republican Senate hasn't confirmed a Democratic appointee since 1895. A Canadian calls in to defend Sam Harris. Will Kelsey Grammar's 'Frasier' reboot be about Jordan Peterson, and can the MR crew defeat JP with the power of apples? Stay tuned!

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The MR crew catches up on all the news they missed while they were on vacation!

On today's show: The crew remembers John McCain. Senators Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Richard Blumenthal try to postpone Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings until they can sort through the 11th hour document dump. Dick Durbin asks to postpone the hearing because of Merrick Garland. Chuck Grassley explains the Kavanaugh documents. Could Obama have done more to get progressive judges on the Supreme Court? Lindsey Graham suggests Kavanaugh could overturn Roe precedent. Kavanaugh signaled in 1998 that he believes a sitting president can't be indicted. Milo VERY upset over being bumped from Politicon.

On the fun half: Zephyr Teachout and AOC are coming to SUNY New Paltz. Republicans burn their own shoes over Colin Kaepernick Nike ad. Tucker Carlson uses the term "ruling class," says kneeling during the anthem will lead to the fall of American society. Judge Napolitano visibly deflated after legal analyst says Trump's latest tweet gives "fodder" for Mueller's probe. Ronald Raygun acts out. Trump claims the Democrats want to "raid Medicare to pay for socialism." Jeff from GA encourages Sam to debate the ghouls. Jamie advises a listener on starting a DSA chapter. Sam and Michael's take on Iran, Russia and China.

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Today our annual repeat of a compilation of labor speeches from FDR, Mario Savio, John Lewis, & more. Full live show returns tomorrow!

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Hey folks, trip down memory lane today as we replay one of the most referenced libertarian debate in Majority Report folklore, the first debate with Libertarian Professor Walter Block. Professor Walter Block proposed that laissez faire free market exchanges are the best way to organize society, how Block thinks the United States limits freedom, debating the minimum wage, full time workers who live in poverty, debating minimum wages and job losses, what is the value of wages if they don't provide a living? Professor Block explains his far, far, right views on slavery, Block's stunning opposition to the Civil Rights movement, Block's sort "amazing" point about bisexuality and the right to discriminate and debating car safety...

 

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TODAY, Emily Ogden talks to us about her book 'Credulity: A Cultural History of US Mesmerism.'

Franz Mesmer's animal magnetism as a "scientific" for of folk magic. The relationship between mesmerists and debunkers. The parallels in "rationality as totemic device" between the mesmerists and the New Atheists. What to make of the dupes?

For members: From the Air America archive, Janeane, Paul Rudd (in for Sam), Amy Poehler, and Fred Armisen talk about Sam's wedding and how Hollywood and Wall St are controlled by the same sort of psychos. From June 21, 2004.

 

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Direct download: 8-30-18-Emily_Ogden-pub.mp3
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Today, writer Quinn Slobodian joins us to discuss his new book, 'Globalists: The End Of Empire & the Birth of Neoliberalism.' With Sam, he discusses Neoliberalism as a discrete political movement for technocratic protection of capitalism. The similarities and differences between Neoliberals and Keynesians. How decolonization was seen as a threat to capitalism. How Neoliberalism uses democracy while fundamentally distrusting it.

FOR MEMBERS: Another throwback to Air America days, Sam and Janeane talk to the late writer and historian Tony Judt on Abu Ghraib, governmental lying, the media during wartime, Israel/Palestine and much more. Recorded 6/2/2004.

 

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Direct download: 8-29-18-Quinn_Slobodian-pub.mp3
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Today writer Daegan Miller (@DaeganMiller) joins us to discuss his new book, 'This Radical Land: A Natural History of Dissent.' Fun half returns next Tuesday.

What is radical environmentalism? How freedom and justice require environmental ethics, and how the social and natural can't be understood apart from each other. Exploitation as a fundamental to both social and environmental justice. Thoreau and the ethics of surveying. Timbuktu and the legacy of African-American pioneers.

 

For members: Air America throwback (2/11/2005), Sam and Janeane interview Eugene Mirman, Eddie Izzard, Flight of the Concords, and Stewart Lee live from the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado.

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Direct download: 8-28-18-Daegan_Miller-pub.mp3
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Today, an interview with historian Anna-Lisa Cox on her new book, "The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality." Cox uncovers the early history of America's black frontiersman in the late 18th century, and what happened to what was once the largest area on earth set aside for equality in the NW territory (Ohio, Indiana, etc). Why white supremacist movements of the early 19th century were a response to black success and not black failure on the frontier. What America might look like had laws coded to privilege whites not destroyed the black frontier. The co-ed, interracial boarding schools of Indiana in the 1840s, started by African-American famers, and later burned down.

 

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Journalist and author Corey Pein (@coreypein) and Matthew "Film Guy" Weiss (@langdonboom) join us.

On today's show: Jesse Watters' futile attempts to own Jessica Tarlov on immigrants and crime.

Corey Pein (@coreypein) joins us to discuss Elon Musk, white supremacists in Oregon, and more. Is the mess at Tesla evidence the public sector needs to step in and expropriate the green energy project? And what's with all the white nationalists in Pinochet t-shirts who've been invading Portland, OR? Pein breaks it down. Check out his new book, "Live, Work, Work, Work, Die: A Journey Into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley."

Film Guy Matthew (@langdonboom) joins us to talk all things film. A roundtable on Boots Riley's "Sorry to Bother You" and Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman." Is Spike Lee too easy on the police? Jamie critiques "Sorry To Bother You"'s gender politics. The crew reveal what books they've been reading. Matthew's film picks: "One Year in a Life of Crime" (1989) and "Joe" (1970).

On the fun half: Mohammad Bin Salman brings equality to women in Saudi Arabia...by sentencing a woman protester to death. Trump says flipping on someone should "almost" be illegal. Rep. Duncan Hunter throws his wife under the bus, blames her for improper campaign spending. Concerned mom asks Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) if her kids will be safe if ACA is killed, is told to get off his lawn. Houthi rebels report 22 children killed by latest air raid on Yemen's Hodeidah.

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Martha Nussbaum, author and philosophy professor at the University of Chicago, joins us to discuss her new book, "The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks At Our Political Crisis."

On today's show: Tucker Carlson's willfully demented take on South African land reform.

Martha Nussbaum joins us to discuss her latest book, "The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks At Our Political Crisis." We live in times marked by increasing polarization. President Trump operates on fear-based politics, and most of his supporters are seen by the left as irredeemable racists. In this book, Nussbaum builds a case for love, empathy, and rational discourse as the way out of our current predicament, drawing on thinkers from Aeschylus to MLK.

On the fun half: A caller asks how to talk to his MAGA friends about politics. Trump on the hush money payments: "They didn't come out of the campaign. They came from me." Trump wonders why you'd impeach a president who's doing a good job. Stuart Varney warns against paying workers a living wage, America's slide into socialism. Can STEM solve the jobs crisis? Are working class Trump supporters voting against their own interests? A new poll finds 85% of Democrats and 52% of Republicans support Medicare for all. Duncan Hunter's campaign finance expenditures show he wasted GOP donor money on awesome things. A Brazilian caller critiques Lula's party's strategy.

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On today's show: Trump doesn't address Manafort or Cohen, talks instead about deals and his mom's "gestating" turkey. Michael Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis says Cohen would not accept Trump's presidential pardon, and Cohen has info on Trump and Russia to tell Mueller. Greg Jarrett says Trump's campaign finance conspiracy is not a crime because he's always paid off women, claims Trump didn't know Manafort before the campaign?! Lindsey Graham said "impeachment is about cleansing the office" of the presidency in 1999. Rick Santorum says most Americans are more concerned about a murdered student in Iowa than Trump's corruption, claims Trump "didn't surround himself with criminals" because they weren't yet convicted at the time.

On the fun half: Maria Bartiromo thinks she's being shadow banned because her tweet attacking Obama didn't go viral. Mindy gives personal insight into Trump's popularity with the white collar crime demographic. John from San Antonio argues with Sam about Trump's chances of impeachment. Tomi Lahren calls Ana Navarro "disgusting and vile" for mocking Melania Trump, claims no one ever did the same to Michelle Obama. Imprisoned radical Heriberto "Sharky" Garcia declares his hunger strike as part of the national prison strike. Nationwide prison strike's list of demands includes ending modern day slavery. Man talks about the injustices his incarcerated brother faces. Brett Kavanaugh's hypocritical memo to Ken Starr on how Bill Clinton should be treated. Comrade Communicator calls in to correct the record on Posadism. Jordan Peterson says atheists have never been an oppressed group (with caveats).

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Author Matthew Horace joins us to discuss his new book, The Black & Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America's Law Enforcement. Horace presents an insider's examination of police tactics, which he concludes is an "archaic system" built on a "toxic brotherhood." Horace provides fresh analysis on communities experiencing police brutality and disparate imprisonment rates due to racist policing like Ferguson, New Orleans, Baltimore, and Chicago. Horace explains how officers bring their biases into the job of law enforcement official that is complicated by the "protect your own" ethos of the field. Sam and Horace discuss what has and what has not changed in our country's policing and how calls for social justice has met resistance in law enforcement brotherhood of self-protection. Horace also talks about the incremental progress that has been made in law enforcement behavior.

And in the Fun Half: Michael reveals his big TMBS One Year Anniversary guest...it's Sam, Donald Trump boasts about the Border Patrol agent's "perfect English," Maria Bartiromo does a segment on the new hot fall fashion line of bulletproof backpacks, Eric Prince and Academi are making their hard push for privatizing the war efforts in Afghanistan, Borish Epshteyn's Bottom Line struggles in its first post-Tribune merger segment, Joe Rogan, voting your conscious v. voting pragmatically, caller shares his experience as with the cops after a verbal disagreement at the dog park, Michael Cohen's plea deal, and of course your calls and IMs!

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Journalist and author Anna Clark (@annaleighclark) joins us to discuss her new book, The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy.

On today's show: An update on Ronald Raygun's client, Humberto, who will make bond thanks to everyone's generous donations. Unruly airline traveler screams cops "treating me like a black person" during arrest.

Journalist Anna Clark joins us to discuss the continuing humanitarian crisis in Flint, MI. Several years after the news of Flint's water crisis broke, its residents still don't have access to clean water. Through a careful examination of the Flint's history, politics, and economics, Clark lays out the dimensions of the crisis, the reasons it happened, and why the city was so slow to deal with it. Also: why there is no end in sight, and why culpable parties like Rick Snyder have yet to be held responsible.

On the fun half: CNN's Jake Tapper "fact checks" Sanders' Medicare-for-all claims, gets crucial facts wrong. Giuliani says "truth isn't truth," volleys so many lies at Chuck Todd he misses a big one. Georgia lawmaker Michael Williams tells CNN he's cool with Trump using n-word if it happened before he was president. US supplied bomb that killed 40 children in Yemen. John Bolton says privatizing Afghan operations will be Trump's call. ICE detains man driving wife to hospital to deliver baby. C-SPAN cuts off audio after caller shouts 'death to the n*gger Obama.' Cynthia Nixon explains why the IDC holds NY back on progressive politics. Phil Mudd gets VERY mad when Paris Dennard asks if he gets money from consulting groups. What kind of non-policy features would our ideal presidential candidate have?

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On today's show: Trump honors Aretha Franklin at cabinet meeting by saying she worked for him on "numerous occasions." Lara Trump's call offering Omarosa $15k/month to work on Trump 2020 team. Fox News reports there's nothing to see in new Omarosa tape.

Cliff Schecter (@CliffSchecter) joins us to discuss Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act." As per Warren's bill, any company making over $1 billion in revenue would have to obtain a federal charter of corporate citizenship. In addition to shareholders, companies would have to consider the needs of customers, employees, and communities when making decisions. Additionally, workers would get to elect 40% of the board of directors. Sam and Cliff discuss the ins and outs of the bill, and how it would force corporations to behave in less sociopathic ways. Plus: More on the Kavanaugh confirmation fight.

Ronald Raygun (@YakimaAbogado) joins us to discuss his work as an immigration lawyer and his efforts to create a fund to help people meet their bond payments so they aren't held in detention while their cases are pending. Go here to donate to the bond fund for his client Humberto, a father whose own parents brought him to the US when he was just three years old. He also lampoons the presidential ambitions of Michael Avenatti and tries to bait Jamie into talking shit.

On the fun half: Ajit Pai's weak explanation for why he couldn't go public about the FCC's not-hacked website. Fox News freaks out over Elizabeth Warren's Accountable Capitalism Act, says it's "unnecessary." Dissident Peasant on voter suppression in GA. Sam's opinion on packing the court. A caller on his personal experience with Medicaid's stinginess in WI. Heroes of late capitalism: a teacher with cancer ran out of sick days, so his colleagues gave him theirs. Fox and Friends try to bring back freedom fries. Tucker compares illegal immigrants to litter. A formerly libertarian caller on how MR pulled her to the left. (Hell yeah!) Is Jamie losing her commie edge? (Hell no!)

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Eric Levitz (@EricLevitz), politics writer for New York Magazine, joins us to discuss his latest piece, "Conservatives Can’t Decide If Nordic Socialism Is a Totalitarian Nightmare or Actually Capitalist."

On today's show: Trump revokes former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance; flashback to Paul Ryan saying "I think he's just trolling people" with security clearance threat.

Eric Levitz and Michael discuss the GOP's attacks on healthcare and confusion about democratic socialism. First he takes up the Kavanaugh appointment's potential effect on the ACA and the own-goal of the GOP attacking its most popular provisions. Will this move backfire in the midterm elections? See Levitz's piece in New York Magazine for more. Levitz next discusses his piece on conservatives' confusion over what to make of Scandinavian social democracies. With the rising mainstream popularity of "democratic socialism," the GOP is having a tough time figuring out how to counter the example set by countries like Denmark. Are they examples of disastrous state overreach, or free market capitalism? Lastly, he touches on the unfolding scandal of Trump's n-word tape. If anyone was somehow unaware that Trump's presidency is based on white supremacy, they won't be now.

On the fun half: Andrew Cuomo says "America was never that great," Fox and Friends respond that America is great "because we stopped Communist Japan." Fox's Trish Regan says "something is rotten in the state of Denmark" and it's socialism. Liz Bruenig makes cogent argument for socialism on Fox News. An update on jailed Brazilian politician Lula, who has successfully registered to run for president. Is Michael Avenatti going to run for president of the US? A caller on the dangers of space debris, Space Force. Christian Picciolini's feud with Sam Harris and why it's so important to expose racist pseudoscience and keep its adherents out of the mainstream. The Daily Show's reel of Cuomo-on-Cuomo crime. Remembering Aretha Franklin. VT gubernatorial candidate Christine Halquist on socialism vs. capitalism. A STEM worker on why science needs to have a social conscience.

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On today's show: Sarah Huckabee Sanders "can't guarantee" there's no tape of Trump saying the n-word. The crew breaks down the latest round of primary victories for progressives (hell yeah!): Christine Halquist in VT, Ilhan Omar in MN,  Rashida Tlaib in MI, Randy Bryce in WI, and more.

Catholic church of PA covered up sexual abuse of over 1,000 children. John from San Antonio breaks down the latest wave of primary results: Is the Overton window finally moving left? Fox News economist Liz Peek claims against all evidence the Laffer curve is real, lower taxes = more tax revenue.

On the fun half: Understanding Kaniela Ing's loss in HI. Colbert grills Bernie on failed candidates he endorsed: is there a "taint" to socialism? Jason Kessler's livestream interrupted by his dad yelling at him to stop doing white supremacy interviews in his house. Steve Cohen (D-TN) wishes Marsha Blackburn would "jump off a bridge," she responds with Christ. Tucker Carlson attacks refugees for using food assistance, claims birthright citizenship means no one should have to follow laws. A caller weighs Space Force against more pressing needs, like healthcare. How the crackdowns on legal immigration terrorize immigrants, even if they aren't passed. A caller on his experience as a student at a cyber charter school. ICE arrests DACA recipient at #OccupyICE protest. A plug for Red State Conference 2018, which will be held August 25 in Lincoln, NE.

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Journalist and author David D. Kirkpatrick joins us to discuss his new book, Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt.

On today's show: CBS News reports Omarosa has proof that Trump said the n-word on tape (shocking). Trump teases most deployed division in the Army over first pay raise in years: "Are these real patriots?"

David D. Kirkpatrick (@ddknyt), international correspondent for the New York Times, joins us to discuss his new book, Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt. On the five year anniversary of the Rabaa massacre in Cairo, Kirkpatrick looks back on the complicated events leading up to the coup that ousted president Mohamed Morsi in favor of Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Despite resulting in more deaths than the massacre at Tiananmen Square, the violent suppression of Morsi loyalist protesters has not gotten much play in the western press. Kirkpatrick explains why, then lays out an analysis of Egyptian politics that factors in the Muslim Brotherhood, various conflicting strains of US foreign policy, local and international media, the UAE, and (oh God no) the Trump administration.

On the fun half: A caller on the worrying rise of "cyber charter schools." A fan video draws conclusions from the surname of a recent MR guest. Jamie tries to pull a libertarian caller to the left. A caller is sick of the lip service paid by the Democrats to people of color, wants to see action. Tim Scott grilled on Face the Nation for being the only GOP Senator supporting an anti-lynching bill. Lou Dobbs refers to Unite the Right 2 rallygoers as "so-called white supremacists" while blasting Antifa. Gorka makes his own Fox News business cards. Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler bitches that the cops won't let him bring his flagpoles downtown. Birtherism makes its way onto a game show. A caller on the troubling separation of class interests from political identity. Is AOC the left equivalent of Sarah Palin? Trump throws shade on Cuomo. Why we should keep an eye on Space Force.

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Suzanne Mettler (@SuzanneMettler1), John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions in the Government Department at Cornell University, joins us to discuss her new book, The Government-Citizen Disconnect.

On today's show: Omarosa's tape of Trump call post-firing: "Nobody even told me about it." Sam sends Brendan to do his dirty work.

Suzanne Mettler, author of The Government-Citizen Disconnect, joins us. According to Mettler's research, Americans have gotten worse at connecting the taxes they pay with services the government provides. With the exception of means-tested programs that address immediate needs (food stamps, Medicaid), people's use of government programs does not impact their attitude towards the government. Despite welfare shrinking down to basically nothing over the past few decades, negative attitudes towards it have risen, particularly among the middle class. What factors are driving this paradox? Mettler's answer involves the GOP propaganda war, racist dog whistles, the decline of union power, and more.

On the fun half: John from San Antonio on how progressive candidates did in the recent spate of primaries. Omarosa shares recording of John Kelly firing her: "very obvious" it was a threat. Nancy Pelosi accuses NBC of trying to "undermine" her chances as speaker. Fox News says Unite the Right white nationalists "peacefully exercised" free speech while counter-protesters were "chaotic." What purpose does Candace Owens serve for the right? What can the left do to get more people of color on board? CBS on-the-ground report from Unite the Right 2 in DC, where neo-nazis were drastically outnumbered by counter-protesters. Heather Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, speaks where her daughter was killed in Charlottesville. A caller on establishment attempts to smear Jeremy Corbyn as an anti-Semite. Sam interrogates a caller who didn't vote for Bernie in the primary because he's "not even a Democrat." Sam tells a story about an aggrieved white male actor. Listener Brenda discusses the allegations against Keith Ellison.

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Digby (@digby56) of Salon.com and Hullabaloo and Matt Christman (@cushbomb) of Chapo Trap House join us.

On today's show: Trump White House offers viewers — err, citizens — the chance to vote on the logo for SPACE FORCE.

Digby joins us to discuss the complex web of corruption around Trump and the GOP. The idea that running cons is okay as long as a politician is "honest" about them. How Trump capitalized on the meritocracy's failure to deliver. Trump steaks and other failures of branding. What to make of the latest primary results w/r/t to left-populist outsiders? The return of ideological, anti-establishment energy as a force within the Democratic Party and the role played by millennials.

On the fun half: Matt Christman's predictions for what will make a comeback during the Trump years. (The asbestos one has already come true!) Matt's take on the primary results. Ben Shapiro challenges AOC to debate him for a $10k campaign contribution, gets denied, gets mad. Chris Collins can't understand how carried interest got back in the GOP tax bill. Another "heartwarming" story of late capitalism: Student's family buys car for teacher so she can get to work. Mike Pence announces SPACE FORCE, seems super stoked. Laura Ingraham says "the America we know and love doesn't exist anymore" in some places because of "massive demographic changes," doubles down on racism in apology. A call from the Mormon god. Alex Jones is selling coffee from Chiapas; is he a Zapatista now? Jimmy Dorr surprises everyone, misuses a quote from Noam Chomsky. Vox study says more campus left wingers get fired for their views than right wingers. How the right deals with democratic socialists (or fails to).

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Brian Mier, co-founder of Brasil Wire joins us to discuss the upcoming elections in Brasil. The 2018 elections are the country's first elections since the 2016 coup which expelled president Dilma Rousseff, the conservative party's takeover of the country's judiciary, and the imprisonment of the country's most popular (and current leader in the presidential poll) Lula da Silva.

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Bruce Western, Professor of Sociology at Harvard University and Visiting Professor at Columbia University, joins us to discuss his new book, 'Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison'.

On today's show: Kris Kobach says voter fraud is a nationwide issue despite weak evidence, insists no proof is ever enough for liberals. An overview of the latest election results. "Right to work" goes down in Missouri.

Bruce Western joins us to discuss his book, 'Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison.' For this book, Western followed 122 formerly incarcerated people for one year after they were released from prison to see how they re-integrated into society, with a focus on employment and family relationships. He found most had been exposed to trauma and had high rates of mental and physical health problems. The factors for "recidivism" and the role played by addiction. The effect of social policy (or lack thereof) around healthcare, housing, and economic inequality.

On the fun half: "Working Girl": feminist classic or ode to capitalist patriarchy? Why you should vote for Bernie-endorsed candidate Randy Bryce in WI. Louie Gohmert lament that Americans want entitlements more than Space Force, blames Obama for privatizing NASA. Dyana in WA shares her experience with the for-profit carceral state. Chicago police use truck full of sneakers as "bait" for teen troublemakers. Fox News contributor asks how Trump could not tell a lie in interview with Mueller. Jessie Jane Duff says America needs to suffocate Iran. John Bolton wants to put "maximum pressure" on Iranian government via sanctions. A Jamaican caller on the damage Alex Jones does to black youth. NY Congressman Chris Collins indicted on insider trading charges.

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Sam Pizzigati from the Institute for Policy Studies joins us to discuss his new book, The Case for a Maximum Wage. By leveraging the power of the public purse against corporations, Pizzigati argues, we could help jump-start a more democratic “New Economy.”

On today's show: Trump's star removed from Hollywood walk of fame because it kept getting vandalized. Saudi Arabia threatens Canada with 9/11 style tweet. Charlie Kirk says violence will ensue if the Dems take back Congress. Candace Owens compares being harassed by antifa to lunch counter protests in the Civil Rights era.

Sam Pizzigati joins us to discuss his new book, "The Case for a Maximum Wage." The scope of income inequality in the US today. The factors that mitigated inequality during the golden age of social democracy, namely: a strong labor movement and a progressive taxation system. How the wealthy and corporations chipped away at these safeguards beginning in the 1960s. How CEO pay drives inequality. The difficulties of sustaining redistributionist policies and the idea of "pre-distribution." Pizzigati's proposal for a politically plausible path to reducing wealth inequality.

On the fun half: A caller discusses Les Moonves and Hollywood's coopting of #metoo. Trump voter apologizes to the nation on CNN: "It was the biggest mistake I ever made." Alex Jones responds to his de-platforming in his trademark bonkers fashion. A reminder to Missourians to vote NO on prop A, a right to work law being put to referendum. Fox Business mocks "ridiculous" bipartisan bill providing three months' paid bereavement leave. The crew discuss the rising popularity of socialism. Progressive Democrat Abdul el-Sayed's inspiring campaign ad (vote for him in the gubernatorial primary if you live in MI!) A caller lays out his path from conservatism to socialism. A Passover-style discussion on the left's approach to Israel.

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Sam is back in Brooklyn with the rest of the MR crew to review his time at Netroots and discuss the week ahead in news.

On today's show: Cory Booker poses with Palestinian rights sign, subsequently apologizes. BDS Bush says no wall on West Bank in 2007. GOP disbands Voter Fraud Commission rather than release findings; Sarah Huckabee Sanders backs Trump's 2016 voter fraud claim. (Feelings don't care about your facts!) Trump-backed KS gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach's history of fraud and grift. Fox's Bill Hemmer doesn't know that Wells Fargo has been screwing customers for years. iTunes de-platforms Alex Jones; we play yet another Vic Berger compilation.

On the fun half: John in San Antonio on left-populist candidates in the midwest. Some mixed emotions on the de-platforming of Alex Jones. Randy Moss wears "say their names" tie to his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction, explains it to viewers. Kavanaugh's ties to disgraced former judge Alex Kozinski, who was accused of sexual harassment by numerous former colleagues. Roy Blunt defends Maxine Waters against Trump's "low IQ" attacks but insists "the GOP is not anti-black." Fox and Friends totally unprepared to debate socialism. Trump attorney Kay Sekulow blames "bad information" for his false statements about the Trump tower meeting. Why is there no left equivalent to Limbaugh and Hannity? A caller on the TN Senate race. Jamie explains the difference between private property in the Marxist sense and mere personal property. Dave in Jamaica on the need to break up tech monopolies that control too much of our infrastructure.

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Day 2 with Sam in New Orleans at Netroots Nation, with the MR crew in studio. Sam is joined by a host of left political heavy hitters including Alex Lawson (Social Security Works), Michelangelo Signoreli (SiriusXM Progress), Deb Haaland (Democratic Candidate for NM-1), Dean Obeidallah (SiriusXM Progress), John Fetterman (Democratic Candidate for Pennsylvania Lt. Gov), and Cynthia Nixon (Democratic Candidate for Governor in New York).

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Sam is broadcasting from the Netroots Nation conference in New Orleans and the crew is in studio.

We're kicking off Netroots right! We got an MR buffet of left media personalities and some of our favorite journos. On today's show we're joined by RJ Eskow from The Zero Hour, Dave Weigel from WaPo, Amanda Terkel from HuffPost, Sam Stein from the Daily Beast, and Mark Thompson of SiriusXM Progress.

RJ Eskow and Sam forecast how the American Left and the Democratic party will change their tune towards Israel in the coming years and administrations. While Weigel, Terkel, and Stein debate the relevance of "socialist" in American politics, Chuck Schumer's future, as well as which 2018 races they're watching closely. And finally, Mark Thompson and Sam discuss the NY Governor's race and the importance of left radio in 2018.

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Author Francesco Pacifico (@fzpacifico) joins us to discuss his latest piece from n+1, "What a Long Day, Now Pizza!"

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Author Francesco Pacifico (@fzpacifico) joins us to discuss his latest piece from n+1. In this piece, Pacifico explores the social media practices of the leader of Italy's xenophobic Lega party, Matteo Salvini.  While Trump fires off tweets straight from his id, Salvini's tweets "can reconcile a family-friendly likability and the sternness of a patriarch with cheap but carefully targeted insults." Michael and Salvini discuss the various factors contributing to Salvini's success, how he's using social media to his advantage, and the new political ecosystem in which he operates. More at n+1.

On the fun half: A caller "defends" Dave Rubin. Is the US more multicultural than Europe? Trump says we need voter ID laws because we need ID to buy groceries. Trump supporters yell at Jim Acosta. The crew delivers some left-criticisms of UBI. Dave from Jamaica and the crew discuss how to deal with racism. VA Congressman Dave Brat preaches work requirements for Medicaid expansion. More on how to fight racism. Ron DeSantis MAGA Florida governor's race ad. The AFL-CIO releases a statement of solidarity with imprisoned Brazilian politician Lula.

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Annie Lowrey (@annielowrey), author of Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World, joins us to discuss UBI.

On today’s show: Giuliani on collusion: “even if he did it, it’s not a crime.”

Annie Lowrey joins us to discuss her book on universal basic income. How a UBI could end poverty, boost middle class wages, compensate people for their reproductive labor, and increase people’s dignity and freedom. How a UBI could help the economy. Debunking the right-wing critiques of UBI. Promising examples of UBI programs around the world. Lowrey fields left-critiques of UBI. How stock buybacks incentivize destructive corporate behavior. For more, check out Lowrey’s latest article in the Atlantic, “Are Stock Buybacks Starving the Economy?

On the fun half: Jesse Watters: Trump wants the “best and brightest” immigrants, not “some guy’s uncle from Zimbabwe.” Sam and Jamie’s New Orleans stories. Central NJ DSA’s plan to protest ICE. Trump attacks the Koch brothers on Twitter. LeBron James funds a school in Akron, OH. Owen Benjamin explains comedy in new Prager U video, rants against Eric Weinstein and Sam Harris. The NYT’s bad take on how to talk to racists. Should the left compare surplus value to taxes? An aspiring writer has his free speech violated in poetry class.

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Author Lilliana Mason (@LilyMasonPhD) joins us to discuss her new book, Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity.

On today's show: Stock buybacks, legalized under Reagan, incentivize CEOs not to invest in workers. Even libertarians admit Medicare-for-all would save trillions of dollars from 2022-2031. Rudy Giuliani unsure whether collusion is illegal.

Author Lilliana Mason (@LilyMasonPhD) joins us to discuss her new book, Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity. The rise of "mega-identities." How one's political party identification became a cultural marker. The shift of some of the working class (mostly white people) from Democrat to Republican. The racial and religious factors Mason believes are driving this. What's the strategy going forward? Why Mason doesn't believe class politics are going to make a difference for the Democrats. The crew discusses her take.

On the fun half: Sam hangs up on Old Man Racist. A caller on how the Republican Party chooses white identity politics over policy. Gorka honors his son's wish to "dab on them haters." Charlie Kirk wants socialist professors to work for free. Former ICE director Thomas Homan is not disturbed by crying children. NY Assemblyman says there's nothing worse than being called a racist. Pensioners who are losing their secure retirement on why the Butch Lewis Act must pass. How people learn (and fail to learn) about politics. A brave caller reports back from a Jordan Peterson event.

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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixonand Ben Mankiewicz (@BenMank77) join us for Casual Friday.

Giuliani March 6 vs. Giuliani July 27: "I believe Cohen" vs. "He's lied all his life."

Benjamin Dixon, founder of ProgressiveArmy.com and host of The Benjamin Dixon Show, joins us to break down the news. The sex scandals as just the tip of the iceberg of Trump's malfeasance. The need to put pressure on "moderate" Republicans to become Independents, caucus with Dems. The Democrats' dual problem of bad messaging and wussbaggery. What's up with Brexit? The need for realignment of the Democratic Party by figures like AOC. The emerging left foreign policy showcased by Bernie and 28 other US lawmakers' letter in support of freeing Lula.

Ben Mankiewicz (@BenMank77) joins us. Ben talks some shit on the Poconos. The sexual harassment allegations against Fox News' Kimberly Guilfoyle. Bill O'Reilly explains the latest ICE polling. Ben recommends two films: "Eighth Grade" and "Shock and Awe."

On the fun half: Matt's Twitter drama. Trevor Noah asks AOC why she has to be a socialist, how we will pay for all that stuff. Trevor Noah's HILARIOUS stand-up routine about the Marikana Massacre. Footage from the actual Marikana Massacre, a labor uprising in South Africa where the police murdered striking miners, then charged the survivors with their comrades' murder. Tom Reed blames government spending (not GOP tax cuts) for deficit, then says he supports bailing out farmers from Trump's trade war. Trump brags about ending the Obamacare mandate, taking healthcare away from people. Mike in Miami debates Bernie vs. McGovern with the crew. (Are Bernie & co too far left to win general elections?) Jeff in GA shouts out John Brown.

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Sam speaks with Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, at the AFT conference.

On today's show: Betsy Devos' $40 million lake yacht vandalized. Sam speaks with AFT president Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) about the past, present and future of teachers' unions. The AFT's history and which workers it covers. How AFT is different from NEA. The precedent set by the Abood decision in 1977 and how Janus goes back on that. The GOP's disingenuous weaponization of the first amendment. What Weingarten and the AFT are doing to re-engage members in the wake of the Janus decision. What the recent wave of teacher strikes tells us about organizing in a post-Janus world. How Alito's dismissal of labor peace could lead to labor war.

On the fun half: Brenda on the need for a better atheist movement. Mad Dog Mattis says we need war with Iran because they align with Assad. CNN's Kaitlin Collins gets banned from White House for asking Trump about Michael Cohen. Fox News claims it stands in solidarity with CNN. Lou Dobbs blows it for Fox, says there need to be consequences for journalists who show "disrespect." Congressional candidate Kaniela Ing's powerful campaign ad. Why you should ignore centrists when they try to use identity politics against the left. Mehdi Hassan destroys former Trump advisor on President's racism. Sam Harris' eternal idiocy. Is Randi Weingarten an establishment sellout because she chose Hillary over Bernie? The advantages held by corporate Democrats and progressive challengers, respectively.

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Journalist Dan Kaufman (@dankaufman70) joins us to discuss his new book, The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics.

On today's show: Larry Kudlow shares "details" of Trump's tax break 2.0.

Journalist Dan Kaufman joins us to discuss how Wisconsin went from a union stronghold to a state ruled by the GOP and plagued by austerity. WI's history as a progressive bastion and its association with the early, labor-friendly version of the Republican Party. How the slow war of attrition turned hot in 2010 with the rise of the Tea Party. The racism-fueled career of Governor Scott Walker. How Citizens United emboldened Republicans in 2010, and how establishment Democrats like Obama largely abandoned labor struggles during this time. How the decimation of unions swung working class voters from Obama to Trump and depressed turnout among Democrats. Why the militant energy petered out after the unsuccessful campaign to recall Scott Walker. What's next for labor in WI? Walker's vulnerabilities in his upcoming election.

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On the fun half: John from San Antonio on a potentially misleading poll from Chris Cillizza that ranks Joe Biden as the #1 frontrunner for the 2020 nomination. Ronald Raygun cheats on us, calls into C-SPAN. Third Way convention makes a plan to fight back against "Sanderism;" Sam and Briahna Grey discuss on MSNBC. Meghan McCain freaks out about "socialism," doesn't realize the Bernie way is the nice way. Chris Cuomo reveals Cohen and Trump tape talking about Karen McDougal payment. The Nixon smoking gun tape. BBC anchor Emily Maitlis to Sean Spicer: "you have corrupted discourse for the entire world." Trump announces farm subsidies. Swedish student's plane protest stops Afghan man's deportation "to hell." A listener recalls being hit in the face by right-wing comedian Owen Benjamin.

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Direct download: 7-25-18-Dan_Kaufman-pub.mp3
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On today's show: Trump threatens to strip security clearance from former officials. Federal government goes after California's ability to regulate pollution on the state level. Paul Manafort's court date delayed. Strong progressive Barbara Lee runs for Democratic caucus chair. US supercharges arms sales. Trump frustrated over lack of North Korea progress.

Daily Caller editor describes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rally, makes it sound pretty good. How Kavanaugh's confirmation could be the final nail in the coffin of the Voting Rights Act. Manchin and Heitcamp to meet with Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh's troubling assertion that Richard Nixon should not have had to hand over the Watergate tapes.

On the fun half: Infamous scab Mark Janus leaves his job to become a senior fellow at Illinois Policy Institute. Sean Spicer can't say words. Jamie discusses her Ozyfest ordeal. Trump can't believe computer screens, loves American-made products, says "rich guys love rockets." Ari Fleischer says US should destabilize Iran to bring about regime change. A caller corrects Jordan Peterson's misrepresentation of the Frankfurt School. A caller on the lasting impact of her Cold War childhood. Another unarmed black man murdered by the police. How close are we to another financial crisis, and what would need to happen to bring about a revolution in the US? A caller on the demoralization of Chicano youth.

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Journalist, poet, and the executive editor of The Economy Hardship Reporting Project Alissa Quart joins us to discuss her new book, Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America, a timely release that explores the shame and anxiety felt by a plurality of Americans who despite being "middle class" are just getting by, what she calls "The Middle-Class Vortex." Quart details the lives of this precarious vortex: the teachers who need to drive Uber on the weekends, homeless adjunct professors, and how formerly prestigious (or at least stable) jobs can no longer provide the stability they once did. Quart also details the new phenomena of "1% TV" and how shows like Billions, Succession, and Downton Abbey have become the opiate of the middle class, a projection of the lives we're made to desire. Quart also details a dystopian reality we're already living in, including GoFundMe school lunch campaigns, 24-hour daycare centers, and crowdsourced baby supplies. Check out Alissa's latest piece, "Do you have student debt? There's a reality TV show for that" in the Guardian.

And in the Fun Half: Matt shares the kink etymology  "unicorn," Texas Civil Rights Project shares an asylum reunification video, the role of capital is mass incarceration and a police state, increasing the numbers of immigration judges, Old Man Racist he just keeps calling to talk,  Sasha Baron Cohen has completely exploited the GOP's hero fantasy complex, woman at Pompeo's Iran speech protests asylum seeking detention, California Congresswoman Karen Bass gives an impassioned immigration speech from Brownsville, can religious arguments swing people to the left? Trump's economic advisor really thinks Trump wrote "Art of the Deal" himself (and/or really likes his ghostwriter), Michelle Wolfe's "ICE is..." sketch is very good, American opposition to ICE is growing rapidly, Mike from PA tells us about the fall of Wilkes-Barre, PA and the rise of the barbell society, and the rest of your wonderful calls and IMs!

 

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Alex Pareene (@pareene) and Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Journalist Alex Pareene (@pareene) joins us to give his take on Russiagate and more. Michael Cohen taped Trump talking about payment to Playboy model. Is this a warning shot from Cohen's team? The pile up of evidence of widespread corruption touching much of the Republican Party. Andrea Mitchell reveals Putin will be visiting the White House to bewildered DNI director Dan Coats. The hyperfocus on Russia by both the dumb dumb left and brain worm center. Julian Assange might be leaving London for Ecuador. Pareene's take on Republicans who are glad Russia tampered with the election.

Andy Kindler, host of Thought Spiral, joins us for a classic Dennis Miller burn session. Bill O'Reilly says his Irish ancestors were oppressed, ergo white privilege is a lie. Bill's sad web show featuring a sad, defeated Dennis Miller, who may or may not be Skyping from the toilet. Miller and O'Reilly complain about PC culture, lament Mel Brooks comedy. Church bells remind Richard Dawkins how much he hates Muslims. Dave Rubin complains about "demonetization" by Youtube. A new Jimmy Reefercake song is played.

On the fun half: NH governor Chris Sununu signs poll tax law he previously opposed. John from San Antonio analyzes the data on AOC. A Swede warns us about climate change. A caller questions Andy's Venezuela segment. A caller problematizes the liberal adulation of the deep state.

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Direct download: 7-20-18-Alex_Pareene-Andy_Kindler-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:03pm EST

Nick Martin, a staff writer for Splinter and Deadspin, joins us to discuss the first part of his new series State of the Nation, "How Jesse Helms Invented the Republican Party," which focuses on the 5-term North Carolina GOP Senator whose bigoted opposition to any policy he considered "liberal" gave him the nickname "Senator No." Martin's exhaustive account of Helms uses the senator as the figurehead of an increasingly stubborn GOP party that went from policy to dogma in the years following civil rights movement through the accession of the neocons. Helms was the prototype for media scion turned policymaker in North Carolina. His campaign methods became a blueprint for conservatives in the 21st century, edging towards the far-right ideologies all the while. In his 1972 campaign, Helms popularized racist attack ads against his opponent and goes to work on the Senate Rule Book, railing against voice votes and adding absurd amendments which helped him cultivate a national following. Helms was every word you could throw at him, but ultimately he was good at what he needed to do: getting elected. Although Democratic candidates won't be running on white identity politics or aggrievement, they can use ideology and strong conviction to win in a demographically shifting America.

In the Fun Half: A wild Scaramucci sighting in NYC, ICE is terrorizing Americans, K-File strikes again, Jeff Glor gloms onto Trump, F0x & Friends supercuts aren't helping exonerate Trump, Raygun describes how USCIF is weaponizing its immigration policies, Alex Jones calls Tucker Carlson "The King," Michael Tracy: the pathological contrarian, right-wing media parasites and their slush fund, reading 5-star reviews from TMBS iTunes show, MGM bringing a preemptive lawsuit against victims of Las Vegas shooting is peak late-capitalism, and Sam Harris' ego made him a white nationalist.

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Direct download: 7-19-18-Nick_Martin-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:38pm EST

Linda Gordon, Florence Kelly Professor of history at NYU and author of 'The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of The 1920s and the American Political Tradition,' joins us.

On today's show: Trump says he misspoke at the Putin press conference when he said "I don't see any reason why it would be Russia," meant to say "wouldn't."

Linda Gordon, professor of history and the humanities at NYU, joins us to discuss the history of the KKK in America, particularly in the 1920s. The three waves of KKK activity -- the late 1800s, the 1920s, and the 1950s -- and the characteristics of each. The KKK's 1920s expansion from an underground terrorist organization to a mainstream group with a long list of enemies including blacks, Jews, Catholics, and all non-Protestant immigrants. The factors driving the group's 1920's expansion. How the KKK became a hub for networking and social activities for its largely middle class membership. The ignorance and conspiracy theories driving fear of the "other."  The role women like Alma White played in the organization. The KKK's racially and religiously motivated raids on saloons. The parallels with what's happening now and how the 1% uses mass bigotry as a tool to make gains for themselves.

On the fun half: Trump and Tucker Carlson dog whistle white supremacy, claim "mass migration" is "destroying the culture of Europe." Trump defends Russia because of its role in WWII, steals valor from Stalin. Lights go out in White House when Trump says "I have full faith in our intelligence agencies." MSNBC visits Missouri nail factory strangled by tariffs, asks Trump voters if they stand by their decision. Dissident Peasant on race and voting rights. A caller deciphers what Trump crossed out in his Russia speech. Should we abolish the Supreme Court? Jamie makes a case for anarcho-syndicalism, promises not to call it libertarian socialism. A caller tries to deflate the Putin hysteria. Richmond man calls cops after a hard foul in pickup basketball. Chicago man calls cops on black woman for trying to use a coupon at CVS.

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Direct download: 7-18-18-Linda_Gordon-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:44pm EST

On today's show: Woman named Maria Butina unmasked as Russian spy and arrested! Mary Lou from CT thanks Russians for interfering in US election because Hillary is terrible. Trump tells Hannity Putin denied meddling: he was "very, very strong." Updates on the DoJ's Russia investigation: Butina's ties to GOP leaders, how she may have funneled Russian money through the NRA, her on-video interaction with Trump. Indications the Republicans (Priebus, Nunes) are planning their escape routes. Ajit Pai's efforts to distance himself from Jared Kushner. Signs the Democrats are set to make gains in the House, even in places like Texas.

On the fun half: A fan-edited video of MR's "zero sum game" leitmotif. Tucker Carlson claims Mexico interferes "more successfully" than Russia in our elections. Steve Bannon defends an anti-Islam activist on British TV. Dave Rubin seeks an "objective" news article about Trump's Helsinki summit. Racist old man calls in to argue some more about race, IQ and policy. A caller pretends his opposition to the $15/hour minimum wage is based in concern for workers. Diver in Thailand says Elon Musk can stick his submarine "where it hurts." Alexandria Ocasio Cortez flubs Palestine interview question with GOP operative host Margaret Hoover; a caller says this shows the limitations of socialist participation in government.

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Direct download: 7-17-18-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:41pm EST

Onnesha Roychoudhuri, author of The Marginalized Majority: Claiming Our Power in A Post Truth America, joins us.

On today's show: Trump has joint press conference with Putin, says "I want to see the servers."

Onnesha Roychoudhuri, joins us to discuss her book The Marginalized Majority/ Claiming Our Power in A Post Truth America. Roychoudhuri's definition of the "marginalized majority" as anyone who's not a white male voter, a bloc that's been overly pandered to through the years. Her definition of "identity politics" and the idea that how we're acculturated by society is inherently political. Debunking Mark Lilla's assertion that (non-white) identity politics is what's dividing people. How America has drifted away from the truth on these issues and what, if anything, can  be done to fix it.

On the fun half: Trump gives his totally informed take on Brexit. Trump lays out his itinerary to press before private one-on-one with Putin. Is there value in MR getting behind a moderate Republican in the 2020 primary? Raygun on the pee tape. AP reporter asks about kompromat on Trump, Putin issues a delightfully evasive answer. Sasha Barron Cohen's new show 'Who is America' gets GOP officials to endorse arming children in schools. Fox and Friends' Brian Kilmeade rips Trump for 'ridiculous' tweet blaming US for poor relations with Russia. Should activists be pressuring billionaires to fund schools voluntarily? (No.) Bernie doesn't go for Sasha Barron Cohen's harebrained scheme. The limits of MMT?

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Direct download: 7-16-18-Onnesha_Roychoudhuri-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:12pm EST

Sam reports live from the American Federation of Teachers Convention in Pittsburgh!

Sam speaks with the head of the Douglas County, CO chapter of AFT about the fight for public education in her state. The funding crisis caused by shrinking property taxes and the Douglas county school board's 2009 takeover by Betsy DeVos types with Koch money behind them. The bad actors' ruthless dedication to charter schools, vouchers, and other privatization methods and how they funneled money to for-profit companies. The negative effects of privatization on students. Grassroots efforts to educate people on what was happening and organize to fight back by taking back the school board and (eventually) going on strike. The absurd concept of "market based pay" for teachers and the ballot initiative to raise money for education.

Sam speaks with Ed Allen, president of OKC AFT, about the teacher strikes in Oklahoma. The WV teacher strikes, #metoo, and the other factors building to the strike. Community support for their two-week-long walkout. The inspiring results of the walkout: a $6k raise, a 15% jump in union membership, and a renewed commitment to public education.

Sam speaks with Fred Albert, head of the AFT in Kanawha County, WV on the mass teacher revolt in all 55 counties of his state a.k.a. #55strong: Their reasons for striking and the state's union tradition. How teachers organized in a right to work state, and how the statewide strike changed union strategy going forward.

Film Guy Matthew joins us to talk white genocide and recommend some movies: "Fort Apache, The Bronx" (1981) and "Wanda" (1970).

Breaking news re: US indictments of Russian agents. Trump goes to England, says the problem with European culture is immigrants, criticizes Theresa May's handling of Brexit. Trump attacks CNN as fake news; Fox reporter does not stick up for them. FBI agent Peter Strzok gets testy with Trey Gowdy during House Judiciary Committee hearing. Rep. Jamie Raskin takes down the "deep state conspiracy" theory in friendly cross-examination. Rep. Gomert accuses Strzok of lying on the stand. CNN's Angela Rye calls out GOP on white nationalist candidates.

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Direct download: 7-13-18-Sam_AFT-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:56pm EST

Journalist and author Meagan Day (@MeaganDay) joins us to discuss her latest article for Jacobin, Capitalism is Ruining Science.

On today's show: Unmasking Antifa Act sponsored by Dan Donovan, the man who let Eric Garner's killer walk free, targets the free speech of protesters. Mike Pence gets protested in Kansas City, MO. Bar trivia host protests Mitch McConnell by playing Public Enemy's "Fight the Power."

Meagan Day joins us to discuss how capitalism has impacted science. The history of the university as locus for knowledge and education, and how capitalism has undermined that mission. The allocation of research grants based on profit, rather than social good. The case study of Peter Higgs, a Nobel prize winning physicist who says his work wouldn't get funding today. Lack of class consciousness, cuts to government funding, and other factors inhibiting unionization in the field. The need for a pro-science socialist movement to keep us from sinking into a new dark age.

On the fun half: The crew drags on Elon Musk. Why Jamie chose DSA over ISO. The need for socialist movements to serve people's spiritual needs as well as their material ones. Piers Morgan gets owned hard by communist blogger Ash Sarkar. Maajid Nawaz tries to credit Trump with falling black unemployment rate. Ronald Raygun on Jordan Peterson's sexual issues. The electoral dynamics of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The crew advises a caller on whether to enter a PhD program. Academic exploitation and the difficulties of organizing grad students. Poll: The majority of Democratic voters want more candidates like Bernie. Gorka clashes with Democratic strategist Joel Payne after Gorka says Trump is compassionate to legal immigrants. Why Jeremy Corbyn is cooperating with Brexit.

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Direct download: 7-12-18-Meagan_Day-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:56pm EST

Marcy Wheeler (@emptywheel) joins us to discuss the latest developments around the Mueller investigation.

On today's show: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins a primary in a district she isn't even running in. Mike Pence brushes off the idea that the Kavanaugh pick is about protecting Trump.

Journalist Marcy Wheeler, of emptywheel.net, joins us to discuss the exhausting (but fascinating) ins and outs of the Mueller investigation, including her own involvement in it. The ways Russian hackers may have compromised the 2016 election and what they wanted out of it. Flynn's communication with Russia and the evidence their deal had something to do with Syria. The non-Trump-connected source whose text messages served as a basis for Wheeler's work. The factors that led Wheeler to go to the FBI willingly. The "clean team" Mueller sent to talk to her without revealing anything. The threats Wheeler has received as a result of her participation in the investigation and why she's doing it anyway. The role of Michael Cohen. The Steele Dossier as distraction tactic. What we should watch out for in the coming months.

On the fun half: Trump says Putin is the easiest NATO member to deal with, claims NATO owes the US money. Trump at NATO breakfast in Brussells, projecting wildly: "Germany is totally controlled by Russia." Mike Pence tells Dana Bash he's pro-life, dodges her question on whether he's confident Kavanaugh would overturn Roe v Wade. Jordan Peterson tells Joe Rogan those talking about equality of outcome "should be put in a box," Rogan points out his hypocrisy with regards to enforced monogamy. Rogan goes off on people who support ICE kidnapping babies. Alan Dershowitz goes on 'The View' for some reason, says Cynthia Nixon is bad because she supports BDS. Drunken racist accosts woman in Puerto Rican flag shirt while pig cop does nothing.

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Direct download: 7-11-18-Marcy_Wheeler-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:10pm EST

Scott Lemieux (@LemieuxLGM) joins us to discuss Trump's Supreme Court pick and the radical right wing's plans for the Supreme Court.

Trump negotiated his pick with Kennedy for a long time before he retired. Kavanaugh's record of leaking information to the media during the Lewinsky probe. What this pick could mean for abortion rights, the regulatory state and more. The right's mixed record on "freedom of speech." The right's two-pronged assault on the regulatory state. Kavanaugh's nonsensical ruling on the CFPB. How the Democrats should negotiate this and how they are actually dealing with it.

Chuck Schumer says Trump is delivering on his campaign promises. The strategies that would get Collins, Murkowski, et al in line. Jeff Merkley attacks Kavanaugh along lines of accountability.

On the fun half: Dick Durbin  calls out Kavanaugh for contradicting his own testimony. Hannity asks if Never Trumpers are happy now (spoiler alert: yes). Ben Sasse says Trump made a great judge pick. Sad old man calls in to argue more about race and IQ. Do we need ICE to fight child trafficking? A caller on the need for a left-leaning judicial infrastructure.

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Direct download: 7-19-18-Scott_Lemiuex-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm EST

Good morning, everyone, on today's show, a pre-recorded interview with author David Grabber, (@davidgraeber) on the Kurdish forces fighting in Syria. 

First, Trump shows signs of announcing SCotUS picks... hopefully he picks his sister instead. Then MAGA youth in Montana say mexicans are overpopulating us.

Then, David Graeber outlines why what's going on in Turkish Syria may be the most important ongoing historical event. Graeber outlines the radical anti-capitalist and feminist elements of the Kurds. How anti-immigrant forces in Europe and America are working in sync with Turkish and ISIS interests.

On the fun half - Is Glenn Greenwald a Russian stooge? Jim Jordan attacks a seventh of his accusers. Huckabee says being anti-Trump is terroristic. ID Adam is patrolling North Carolina pools when black people use them, Cornel West stomps Tucker Carlson on his own show. Should the left be thinking about what "too much" immigration looks like?

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Direct download: 7-9-18-David_Graeber-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:27pm EST

Good morning everyone, on today's show Ben Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) and Chapo Trap House's Virgil Texas (@virgiltexas) join us.

Scott Pruitt blew it! The nakedly corrupt EPA chief is out of the job. Conservative media is decrying "the Left" immediate attacks on Pruitt's interim replacement, EPA deputy secretary Andrew Wheeler who was one of the Coal lobby's biggest boosters. Meanwhile, at DOJ and the Dept. of Education, Jeff Sessions and Betsy DeVos are rolling back Obama-era affirmative action policies that urged universities to consider race when accepting applicants. Sessions has intimated that DOJ will investigate and sue universities over discriminatory admissions policies. Back in the studio, Sam accepts that "Zero Sum Game" is his political talisman. However, Ben Dixon shows us why Liberation is not a zero-sum game.

Virgil Texas joins us before the fun half and gives a reading from the upcoming Chapo "fam" book, The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason.  Tucker Carlson's white nationalism's dogwhistle is more like a bullhorn. Scott Pruitt does not believe in grammar. And Therese Patricia Okoumou, the woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty, quotes Michelle Obama.

And in the Fun Half: Occupy ICE Philly is on-going, Trump wants to get Elizabeth Warren a DNA testing kit, Does Trump care if the Republicans lose the house? Why we can't put our faith in Chuck Schumer, Who told Trump not to invade Venezuela? Impeaching Trump is probably a mistake, Dispatches from Jamie at the 2018 Socialism Conference, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 7-6-18-Ben_Dixon-Virgil_Texas-pub.mp3
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