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Journalist Emily Guendelsberger, author of 'On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane,' joins us.

On today's show: Stuart Varney says Democrats raising the minimum wage to $15/hour is "basically" vote buying. Ainsley Earhardt once again brings up her friend's mayo restaurant.

Journalist Emily Guendelsberger joins us to discuss her new book, 'On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane.'  In the tradition of Barbara Ehrenreich's 'Nickel and Dimed,' Guendelsberger worked low-wage jobs at Amazon, McDonalds, and a call center, each of which represents a growing sector of the economy. Incorporating personal experience, interviews with workers, statistics, and psychology, she paints a disturbing picture of the threat to human health and happiness posed by corporate giants incentivized to treats their workers like robots.

On the fun half: Hannity and Bongino collaborate to end school shootings with retired cop patrol. Ben Shapiro says we'll have dumb political fights over gun control instead of reform. Brian Kilmeade defends 'invasion' term allegedly used by El Paso suspect. Beto tells press he can't call out Trump by himself, press needs to call out racism. Eddie Glaude Jr. explains American exceptionalism and why we're always shocked by our innate racism and dark past.

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES:

The NRA spent $1.6 million lobbying against background check expansion laws in months leading up to the nations latest mass shootings. (CNBC)

Meanwhile, China confirms it will be suspending agricultural product purchases in response to President Trump’s new tariffs. (CNN)

And lastly, AOC rips Mitch McConnell after a picture surfaces of young men in ‘Team Mitch’ shirts ‘groping & choking’ cutout of her. (Raw Story)

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

From the New Food Economy; Those fuzzy brown bowls served at Chipotle and Sweetgreen restaurants that are supposed to be compostable actually contain something called "forever chemicals" that have been linked to cancer.

The Hill reports that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler will decide whether to move forward with articles of impeachment against President Trump by late fall of this year 

Politico is reporting that a leading climate scientist is quitting the Agriculture Department after two decades because of the Trump administration’s efforts to bury his study showing how rice loses nutrients due to rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The findings raise potentially serious concerns for the 600 million people globally who depend on the crop for most of their calories.

And, the Dallas Morning News reports that President Donald Trump, who plans to visit El Paso this week, still owes city more than $500K for expenses related to a rally of his in February.

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Igor Volsky, Executive Director of Guns Down America and author of 'Guns Down: How to Defeat the NRA and Build a Safer Future with Fewer Guns,' joins us.

On today's show: Beto responds to question about what Trump can do to unite country: "He's not tolerating racism, he's promoting racism." Trump addresses nation: "Hate has no place in America." May 2019: Trump says migrants are an "invasion," laughs when someone in crowd says "shoot 'em!"

Igor Volsky, Executive Director of Guns Down America and author of 'Guns Down: How to Defeat the NRA and Build a Safer Future with Fewer Guns,' joins us to discuss the latest mass shootings and what can be done to implement better gun control in the US. While it would not be un-thinkable to amend the second amendment down the line, there are many regulations politicians could enact now, should they choose to do so. Also: the outsized role played by Walmart. For more, visit WalmartMustAct.org and EmergencySenateSession.org.

Tucker Carlson, talking about migrant caravan, calls it "an invasion." Mike Huckabee, Stuart Varney, repeat the "invasion" rhetoric. Jake Tapper compares white supremacists to Palestinian leaders. Eddie Glaude Jr. says Mick Mulvaney can't acknowledge El Paso shooter is domestic terrorist: "There's an ideology at work here." Fox News guest blames mass shootings on video games. TX Lt. Governor says shootings happen because there's no more prayer in schools. Tim Ryan withdraws from presidential election, tells Republicans to "get their shit together." Charlie Kirk says young people engage in mass shootings because of climate anxiety, and it's the left's fault for feeding them lies. Pat McCrory says radical left antifa needs to be recognized the same as white supremacists. Soccer player Alejandro Bedoya uses on-field mic to call on Congress to end gun violence.

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES:

8Chan, a web forum popular with white supremacists is dropped by its cybersecurity provider in the wake of the mass shooting in El Paso. (NBC News)

Mexico looks into taking legal action against the US after six Mexican nationals were killed and seven others were injured in El Paso. (CNN)

A leaked international climate report says attempts to solve our climate crisis by cutting carbon emissions from only cars, factories and power plants are doomed to failure. (Guardian)

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

From The Hill, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday that he hoped to soon place ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia, a day after the United States pulled itself from a Cold War-era arms control pact.

Politico reports that the DNC is placing operatives in six battleground state to focus exclusively on attacking President Trump and driving local conversation about his policies ahead of the 2020 election.

CNN is reporting that the mass protests in Hong Kong have forced its biggest airline, Cathay Pacific, to cancel more than 150 flights on Monday and urge passengers to postpone non-essential travel.

And former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel is ending his bid for president, which was run by a pair of social media-savvy teenagers.

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On today's show, Alex Pareene joins us to discuss Mitch McConnell, election security, and why Marianne Williamson's platform is more durable than politicos think. We're live at noon eastern time.

In his first day back from debate coverage, Sam assesses the Sanders/Warren coalition and the wide-ranging demographics the two candidates cover. Alex Pareene explains Joe Biden's declining on-stage performance and why attacks from Cory Booker and Kamala Harris are beneficial to progressive left candidates like Warren and Sanders. While Biden is still in pole position, every candidate right of Sanders and Warren is taking his or her shot at the former vice president. Sam then explores the Sanders campaign strategy and its focus on organizing labor forces across the country. The progressives are ascending, and roles have flipped. The progressives have been center stage, and the centrist technocrats are on the outside.

Democrats have crossed a threshold with 118 Democratic Caucus members now in support of impeachment. Sam and Alex discuss what Pelosi will do now that the majority of her caucus supports impeachment proceedings. Next, Alex and Sam breakdown Mitch McConnell's resistance to the Senate's election security bills and why McConnell will fight to the death to keep money in politics. Likewise, why do Americans seem apathetic to expanding voting rights or securing election integrity?

Judy Gold joins Sam with a litany of rage. Some of her targets: Mitch McConnell, Trump's racism, Bill de Blasio's sideburns, MAGA people in her audience, Democratic indecision and infighting, and CNN's masturbatory patriotism. Judy wishes Jerry Nadler and Chuck Schumer would take a page out of Bernie Sanders' book on rage and mobilizing voters. Marianne Williamson's self-help is only for the rich and is all bullshit. But, ending on something positive, Judy says look to Puerto Rico's mass mobilization is something to aspire towards--get out there and do something!

And in the Fun Half: appreciating Bill O'Reilly's prose, taking the temperature of the disengaged electorate, the first Pareene "pause it," Jesse Watters praises Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield, Nikki Haley bravely uses emojis to protest Donald Trump's ambient racism, the Trump rally crowd applauds black attendees, Trump remembers the USSR, but not the Warsaw Uprising, and why TPP could sink an "electable" Democratic candidate in a general election against Trump, Jeff in Georgia offers himself up as a running mate to Sam's Libertarian ticket, plus your calls and IMs!

Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks Chicago Live Show, with special guest Chuck Mertz of This is Hell on August 24th here!

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop
 
TODAY'S HEADLINES:
 
Another day, another GOP retirement. This time it’s the lone black Republican in the House of Representatives.
 
Meanwhile, the Pentagon prepares to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan as part of a proposed peace deal with the Taliban.
 
And lastly, good morning Nancy Pelosi! More than half of House Democrats now say they’ll vote to launch impeachment proceedings against President Trump. 
 
And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:
Daily Beast reports that former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has been using a nonprofit group he advises to raise money for his U.S. Senate campaign, and legal experts say one recent fundraising push likely ran afoul of federal campaign finance laws.
 
From the Washington Post, three NRA board members who raised concerns about reports of reckless spending and mismanagement by the group's leadership resigned Thursday, another sign of mounting dissent within the nation's most powerful gun-rights group.
 
New York Times is reporting that the Manhattan district attorney's office has subpoenaed the Trump Organization, requesting documents related to hush money payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels, several people briefed on the matter told The New York Times Thursday.
 
And the FBI for the first time has identified fringe conspiracy theories as a domestic terrorist threat, according to a previously unpublicized document obtained by Yahoo News. 
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Good morning, Djene Bajalan joins Michael Brooks to discuss the current state of Turkey and Erdogan's role in the Middle East. Plus, how might a Democratic president approach diplomatic relations with Erdogan's government? Michael and Djene kick off their discussion with an assessment of the Democratic field's foreign policy agendas. Djene believes the way forward on progressive foreign policy is taking a more holistic approach which goes beyond condemning interventionism and endless imperialism. Instead, it's time to start providing plans to keep bad actors like Saudi Arabia from escalating tensions in the Middle East, like Sanders' plan to withhold aid and arms sales. Michael and Djene then compare and contrast Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders' track record on foreign policy, with Warren's institutional pedigree and Sanders' citizen diplomacy. Djene next breaks down Tulsi Gabbard's center-left, anti-intervention foreign policy, and its inconsistencies like her relationships with Bashar al-Assad and Narendra Modi. Switching gears, Djene explores the latest round of Turkish elections which saw significant gains for opposition parties to Erdogan. The government has challenged these election results, and in some cases wiped election results and arranged new elections. Michael and Djene conclude their conversation considering Erdogan and his government as the prototype for global authoritarianism which has spanned over the world.

And in the Fun Half: Chris Matthews is a quant now, Bill de Blasio grills Biden on Obama's immigration record, Cory Booker explains why Biden's immigration stance plays into Republicans' immigration agenda, Neera Tanden says Democratic voters can't criticize the establishment if they want to win, Pharma is fighting M4A and the public option because why not, why Mike Gravel was snubbed from the CNN debates, Cornel West diagnoses the neoliberal panic in the Democratic party, Tulsi Gabbard lays out Kamala Harris' prosecutorial record very plainly, Marianne Williamson's constituents convince her to support M4A, CNN protects America's never-ending war policy, why Jay Inslee should remain on the debate stage, weighing the Sanders campaign against the Warren campaign, Ronald Reagan confirms he is in fact racist, Ben Shapiro says Flint was not a product of structural racism, plus your calls and IMs!

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Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks Chicago Live Show, with special guest Chuck Mertz of This is Hell on August 24th here!

Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with an introduction by Michael Brooks!

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop
 
TODAY'S HEADLINES:
 
The president’s intelligence watchdog tells top Senate Democrats that he can’t investigate how the White House handled security clearances for Jared Kushner and Ivanka unless Trump asks him to.
 
Meanwhile, Ben Carson gets booted off a Baltimore church’s property after attempting to hold a press conference there without permission. 
 
And lastly, Kentucky coal miners block train tracks in protest after their bankrupted employers stop paying them.
 
And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:
 
From Politico, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced it is cutting interest rates for the first time in more than a decade, as a slowdown in global growth and the fallout from President Donald Trump’s trade wars cloud an otherwise solid U.S. economy.
 
Think Progress reports that the United States will officially leave the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty on Friday, undoing 32 years of nonproliferation efforts and marking what some worry will be a new arms race between Russia and the US.
 
The Hill is reporting that Arizona has filed a lawsuit at the Supreme Court, asking the justices to order the Sackler family — the owners of Purdue Pharma — to return billions of dollars in connection with their handling of the opioid epidemic.
 
And the New York Times reports that Jeff Epstein, the billionaire accused of sex trafficking, had one hoped to seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women at his vast New Mexico ranch.
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We're back, live for the second Democratic debate from Detroit! Join the MR Crew as we breakdown the debate between (in stage order) Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro of Texas, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, ex-Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, venture capitalist Andrew Yang, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. We're live at 7:50 on Twitch!

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