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Dahr Jamail (@DahrJamail), author of The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption, joins us.

On today's show: Kirstjen Nielsen tells National Sheriffs' Association "don't believe the press" about treatment of immigrant children. NPR rehabilitating Neilsen image already: "Was this someone who believed in this policy?"

Dahr Jamail, staff reporter at Truthout, joins us to discuss his new book, The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption. What Jamail learned visiting locations around the world that are already experiencing the effects of climate change, like Alaska's glacier parks and Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The various factors contributing to the melting of glaciers and their practical effects on things like food prices. The politically destabilizing effects of climate change. Why the Green New Deal is better than nothing, but ultimately insufficient. The urgent necessity of a transition away from capitalism.

On the fun half: Trump, addressing Jewish Republicans, calls Netanyahu "your Prime Minister." Does the left need to do a better job appealing to "normies"? Trump calls asylum seekers "animals," says they look like they're "fighting for the UFC." Ali Velshi asks Howard Schultz if wealth inequality exists because of "political polarization." Obama warns against the "circular firing squad" among progressives. Katie Porter (D-CA) response to Obama: The resistance to new ideas is coming from leadership. Tim Ryan campaign launch: Russia is trying to divide us on social media. Larry Kudlow admits Stephen Moore has a "steep learning curve" ahead of him at the Fed. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Alex Pareene (@pareene) joins us in studio(!) and David Feldman (@David_Feldman_) joins us by phone.

On today's show: Howard Schultz's bs immigration plan: Check your ego at the door, Congress. Howard Schultz pablum: "We need to live our values." Schultz, Beto, and Buttigieg's lack of ideology. Pareene breaks down the career of Mitch McConnell, from his beginnings as a Rockefeller Republican to his eventual pivot to Reagan conservative. McConnell's goals of keeping money in politics and destroying the regulatory state. The conventional wisdom that Republicans are scared of their base, while Democrats hate theirs. McConnell stumbles; Meghan McCain defends him from our cruelty.

Comedian David Feldman joins us for a far-ranging discussion of the Democratic Party's "big tent" and Michael's budding romance with Bari Weiss. Also: Bill O'Reilly complains about millennials dancing at a Fleetwood Mac concert.

On the fun half: Fox's Charles Payne says minimum wage destroys work ethic. Schultz wants to "reform" the VA; Pete Hegseth says vets are asking for too many handouts. A DACA recipient tells us why he's leaving the US. The crew's thoughts on the effects of international aid from non-profits. Will raising taxes in the US cause capital flight, and if so, how to deal with it? Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Good morning, joining Michael Brooks on today's show is Mike Hanna to discuss the story behind how the Trump administration approved private nuclear development contracts to the Saudi regime.  Mike Hanna helps explain the Trump administrations role and the players involved in selling nuclear development contracts to the Saudis. Under normal circumstances, a presidential administration must first enter a "123 agreement" before selling nuclear contracts to foreign countries. According to Senator Bob Menendez the US "can only enter into [nuclear] force after Congress has reviewed it and evaluated whether the agreement meets the nonproliferation standards required by Section 123 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954."  The United States has no such agreement with Saudi Arabia, nor is there any plan for Congress to approve one especially given the Kingdom's murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Mike and Michael then discuss the status of the Iran deal and the recognition of the Golan Heights as part of Israel in the context of new Saudi nuclear development contracts. Mike and Michael conclude their discussion with a look at the upcoming Israeli elections, why some Israelis are concerned about Trump's unflappable support for Bibi Netanyahu's Likud party, and the Democratic party's shifting demographics and feelings towards Israel.

And in the Fun Half: Dave Rubin is the pure ideas man, why Beto is running, political violence in Nicaragua, UK military shooting at Jeremy Corbin targets, Bernie returns for a 2019 Fox News Townhall, Fox goes to a diner and gets rolled on higher taxes and GND, the Left Media March Madness bracket round of 16, an environmentalist leader in Brazil is murdered, remembering Lula's trial a year after his imprisonment, mobilizing minority voters to win elections, MSM's problem with Bernie Sanders, radical left christian organizing efforts in the south, plus your calls and IMs!

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On today's show: Trump wants to abolish immigration judges. Kris Kobach, a possible pick for Trump's "immigration Czar," advocates for "processing towns" where asylum seekers are concentrated into "camps."

Neil Gorsuch rules that "cruel and unusual" must be decided based on the standards of 1787. Conservative claims win in WI supreme court race. Democrat wins Senate seat in PA special election. DSA-endorsed socialists win seats on Chicago's city council.

On the fun half: Trump wants investigators to explore the "oranges" of the Mueller report. WH spokesman laments disaster relief to Puerto Rico, says "that country" has mismanaged aid. Mollie Hemmingway on shutting down the southern border: "a little pain" is good for the country. A black voter gives his perspective on why many black people didn't vote for Clinton in 2016. Dave Rubin claims he never gets invited to campus by libs. Dereck Black, reformed white nationalist, says his white nationalist family loves Tucker Carlson. Woman explains why she voted for Trump after supporting Bernie as "kind of a joke." Black woman says she voted for Trump because he's a business man.

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Stephanie L. Mudge (@stephaniemudge), author of Leftism Reinvented: Western Parties from Socialism to Neoliberalism, joins us.

On today's show: Bernie explains policy that would outlaw right-to-work states.

Stephanie L. Mudge (@stephaniemudge), author of Leftism Reinvented: Western Parties from Socialism to Neoliberalism, joins us. In this book, Mudge examines the trajectory of left-leaning political parties in Germany, the UK, Sweden and the US. While the social democratic parties of Europe started out more socialist and labor-oriented than the Democratic Party in the US, their economic policies converged in the Keynesian era and into the neoliberal turn. Mudge focuses on the influence of experts on these policy decisions and argues that neoliberalism was a choice, not merely a response to economic forces beyond anyone's control.

On the fun half: Michael Tracey says that anyone other than journalists would lose their jobs after a mistake like Russia investigation. Tucker Carlson defends Bush's motives in Iraq war. Joanna Hausmann, comedian, woke-splains why US needs to intervene in Venezuela. Surprise: her dad is Guaido's pick for Venezuela's IDB representative. Ben Shapiro whines about AOC not debating him. Stephen Moore says he's new to this whole fed game. @TheSerfsTV discusses being de-platformed from Youtube by the alt-right. Tucker Carlson insults Chris Hayes, suggests Americans should treat climate change with skepticism after Russia investigation. Mehdi Hasan grills Israeli ambassador to UN on 2-state solution. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Author and law professor Khaled Beydoun joins MR to discuss his book American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear

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Author and law professor Khaled Beydoun joins us to discuss his book American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of FearIn this book, Beydoun looks at the scope and impact of domestic “war on terror” legislation in how it racialized Muslims and transformed everyday life within Muslim communities. How Islamophobia was built into US immigration law, and how it changed after 9/11. The strains of Islamophobia influencing Trump policies like the Muslim ban. Demographic shifts, white identity politics, and other factors driving Islamophobia today.

On the fun half: Mick Mulvaney says debate on  pre-existing conditions is over. Mulvaney says debate on preexisting conditions is over. Bernie says he will lower prescription drug costs by half when elected president. AOC says PR is experiencing a disaster the scale of 9/11...where is our response? AOC is surprised at the ineptitude of GOP and Fox News response to her and GND. Benny Johnson psyching up crowd at TP USA: "I've never seen so many white people in one room!"A plug for the Books to Prisoners program in Seattle; donate at bookstoprisoners.net. Beto O'Rourke campaign launch in El Paso: pure pablum. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon ) and Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) join us. Also: Sam debates Michael Tracey.

On today's show: Fox and Friends: Who needs a 300 page report when we have a 4 page summary?

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), founder of Progressive Army and host of the Benjamin Dixon Show, joins us. Ben's take on the Mueller report and what purpose people like Michael Tracey are actually serving when they go on Tucker Carlson uncritically. Trump's latest attack on the ACA. Joe Biden's attempts to use Stacey Abrams in the 2020 race. Kamala Harris' problematic record. Hannity asks how Rush Limbaugh does his job with "half his brain tied behind his back."

Comedian Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) joins us to let out some feelings about Trump and the Mueller investigation. It's okay to be angry!

Russia skeptic and "independent journalist" Michael Tracey (@mtracey) joins us for a spirited exchange. Does MR owe listeners an apology for having on Marcy Wheeler to talk about the Mueller investigation?

Jay Inslee explains why all Americans will be impacted by climate change. Trump slams amnesty lawyers & asylum seekers. Trump says people won't be able to watch TV because wind energy is inconsistent. Trump says he wants to campaign against Green New Deal. Pat Buchanan tells Laura Ingraham African Americans still haven't assimilated. Trump talks repealing ACA and how Republicans will make a much better healthcare system. Qanon line outside Trump rally wraps around corner.

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Good Thursday morning, joining Michael today is professor Daniel Bessner, author of Democracy in Exile, to discuss his latest piece in the Nation "Foreign Policy Beyond Good and Evil."  Bessner argues that as the 2020 primaries come into view progressives should be cautious about how Warren and Sanders understand international relations. Bessner and Brooks begin their conversations in the 1930s when the Western allied forces and Northern Atlantic countries confronted Nazi forces. During the Cold War, the United States cemented its foreign policy world view as democratic goodness versus evil which constituted anything standing in the way of Americans international agenda. Comparing adversaries to Nazis gives American foreign policy leaders license to endless militarism abroad. Bessner argues that we need to judge international leaders bad policies beyond "good and evil," comparing the Iranian regime to Nazism is neither accurate depiction nor productive to building a stable Middle East. So then, how can the Left advocate global humanitarian crises in American politics? Bessner believes that developing new domestic humanitarian aid policies would be a good first step, albeit an ambitious one, towards a more just global community. Bessner and Brooks conclude the interview sharing their thoughts on the foreign policy positives and negatives of the leading progressive candidates (Sanders and Warren) seeking the 2020 nomination. Bessner leaves the show asking listeners to consider all the ways in which the military is valorized in American life. If we want to reframe US militarism we must first disentangle all the ways the military pervades our culture and everyday lives.

And in the Fun Half: how leftist foreign policy would play in conservative America, Trump's thoughts on Russian troops in Venezuela, Cory Booker turns his So. Carolina townhall stage into a church pulpit, Tucker Carlson says CNN and MSNBC get their marching orders from Nancy Pelosi, where Mayor Pete lies on the left ideological spectrum, Bernie's new M4A ad, Boris Epshteyn calls in, the Alt-Right's various connections to the Christchurch shooter, Ben Shapiro as conduit to all far right radicalism, the UN's problematic stance on Mozambique's recovery efforts, a long horizon of our politics, the problem with Beto in a national election, how Jimmy Dore poison's the left political well, plus your calls and IMs!

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Elisabeth Rosenthal (@RosenthalHealth), author of An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How We Can Take It Back, joins us.

On today's show: Bernie Sanders says "get rid of the insurance companies," won't support anything but Medicare-for-all.

Elisabeth Rosenthal, editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, joins us to discuss her book, An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How We Can Take It Back. The court case that could jeopardize the ACA. The most successful parts of the ACA. Why healthcare is so much more expensive in the US than everywhere else. How "sticky pricing" drives costs up. How the industry has worked around well-intentioned ACA regulations to charge even more. How proposed ACA fixes fall short of addressing price issues. The poor outcomes and limited choices patients see in a profit-driven system.

On the fun half: Pope doesn't want his ring kissed. Stacey Abrams politely declines to be used as a prop by Joe Biden. Joe Biden says "I wish I could have done something" about the way Anita Hill was treated. Barbara Lee asks Betsy Devos about racial inequality in school suspensions: Why did you rescind this order? Marc Pocan asks why the Department of Education would cut Special Olympics funding. Pennsylvania "epitome of religious intolerance": GOP lawmaker begs "God forgive us" prior to Muslim colleague being sworn in. Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell responds to aggro prayer. AOC says GND is not elitist, tell that to kids in the Bronx and Flint. How to react when ICE claims to be serving you a warrant. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 3-27-19-Elisabeth_Rosenthal-pub.mp3
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Author and Talk Poverty Editor Pat Garofalo (@Pat_Garofalo) joins us to discuss his new book, The Billionaire Boondoggle: How Our Politicians Let Corporations and Bigwigs Steal Our Money and Jobs.

On today's show: A breakdown of the web of intrigue surrounding Felix Sater.

Author and Talk Poverty Editor Pat Garofalo (@Pat_Garofalo) joins us to discuss his new book, The Billionaire Boondoggle: How Our Politicians Let Corporations and Bigwigs Steal Our Money and Jobs. It's business as usual for cities to compete with each other to see who can offer the most generous tax subsidy to attract any given corporation. But does this actually work out in communities' favor? Using examples like Amazon, a New Jersey mega mall, and the entertainment industry, Garofalo explains why, despite being politically popular, these kinds of tax breaks are never a good deal for the people living in distressed areas.

On the fun half: Nancy Pelosi at AIPAC: The House "came together to condemn the anti-semitic myth of dual loyalty." Chuck Schumer equivocates Omar's statements with Trump calling neo-Nazis "very fine people." Is Jamie scaring people away from the left by talking about anarcho-communism? Bill O'Reilly says Fox is losing lots of money because of MediaMatters and MoveOn. 2014: Steve Moore says Brownback is under complete assault from left, austerity is not actually happening. 2014: Steve Moore says Brownback is creating jobs again...Kevin Price says the numbers look small, but we need perspective. Bernie calls for release of Mueller report. Kamala Harris takes photo with California AIPAC leaders. Pompeo says America has been "infested" by "insidious new form" of bigotry "in the guise of anti-Zionism." Pompeo extremely happy that Trump recognized Israeli control of Golan Heights. Republican Congressman asks "Are you a socialist or a capitalist? Yes or no?"

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Direct download: 3-25-19-Pat-Garofalo-pub.mp3
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On today's show, we respond to the Mueller Report.

Nunes says the Mueller report should be burned. Sam breaks down the findings that have been released so far. While not a complete exoneration, the Mueller investigation did not find evidence to support the two charges being investigated: collusion for purposes of tampering with the 2016 election, and obstruction of justice. But there's more that could come out when the full report is released, so stay tuned. Was Matt Taibbi wrong to compare the media's engagement around the Mueller investigation to its reporting around WMDs in Iraq?

Sam on the Jesse Lee Peterson show. Trump says he's fully exonerated, now we need to look at the other side. William Barr testifies that promising a presidential pardon would be a criminal act. Savannah Guthrie asks if Barr's judgment is impartial after writing that the president could not obstruct justice. Beto says he wants to means test Social Security on 2012 House campaign trail (oh hell no). Meghan McCain, speaking at AIPAC, insinuates that Ilhan Omar is not American. CBP detains 9-year-old US citizen, accuses her of lying about her identity. A brief exchange on the 2nd amendment. Fox guest explains why we need electoral college: "Balances & checks & balances." Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:55pm EDT

Virgil Texas (@virgiltexas ), co-host of Chapo Trap House and co-author of The Chapo Guide to Revolution: a Manifesto Against Logic, Facts and Reason, joins us.

On today's show: Pete Hegseth can't stand these damn identity politics. An entire Fox News segment dedicated to exploring Pete Hegseth's genealogical identity.

Virgil Texas of Chapo Trap House joins us for some wonkish talk of the 2020 field. Beto's appeal to voters What's the deal with #GravelGang? How about Andrew Yang? How much do the Democratic primary debates matter? What are Bernie's challenges at this point? How much does he need to win by to actually win?

Trump fumes and calls Fox's Maria Bartiromo "fake news" for grilling him on his attacks on John McCain. The MR crew is visited by a spirit that gives us insights into Trump one could only gain from another dimension.

On the fun half: Trump says Democratic candidates not attending AIPAC are anti-Jewish. Hegseth says candidates who skip AIPAC "may be anti-Semitic." One of Melania's platforms for her "be best" campaign is "opioid abuse." Trump explains how administration will cut off funding to colleges that de-platform right wing guests. Trump says he's been witnessing free speech problems for a long time, says he loves loans. Virgil recalls his run-in with the Yang Gang. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Good Thursday morning, joining Michael Brooks on today's Majority Report is Richard Beck to discuss his essay, "The Korean Peace Process" published in n+1. Beck breaks down American foreign policy on the Korean peninsula and it hasn’t done any real thinking in two years. Beck explains how all parties involved in the recent Vietnam Korean Peace Summit were on different pages. Coming out of Vietnam each side is two steps back from where they started, each side at least now has a more realistic understanding of what a peace agreement might look like in the near future. Beck explains how John Bolton has made it his agenda to offer no concessions to North Korea and demanded full denuclearization, a position untenable to Kim and his negotiators. Brooks and Beck broaden the conversation of how our foreign policy leaders treat authoritarian regimes with poor human rights records and how it is used to legitimize US intervention. With all this in mind Beck argues US media coverage of the Korean peace process is an inaccurate caricature of itself. Kim and Trump approach and role within their respective governments are mostly opposite. Beck then explores the role of China and Japan and each country's position on achieving peace on the Korean peninsula. Ultimately, Beck believes that if left to his own devices Trump would likely give up whatever he needed to in order to get a peace deal and the real prize for Trump, a Nobel Peace Prize--someone just needs to convince Trump that John Bolton is a "real bad guy."

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On today's show: Katie Pavlich says US deserves more credit for ending slavery.

Beto releases fundraising figures, doesn't say how many unique donors he had. Former Beto staffer writes Facebook post saying he's not a progressive. Warren wants to abolish the electoral college in favor of popular vote, combat voter suppression.

On the fun half: Dennis Prager thanks Dave Rubin for pretending to be a liberal. Jordan Peterson sells lobster-branded merch, poses with Islamophobic fan. Ronald Raygun on David Pakman's plagiarism of the MR set. 'Pakman fan' tells Dave about Raygun. Bolsonaro defends posting the Carnaval golden shower video on Twitter. Bolsonaro defends his anti-LGBT administration, says he believes in traditional family lifestyle.  Bolsonaro says military intervention in Venezuela "may not be debated publicly." Jamie Dimon says the Green New Deal is not responsible economics. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Author Johann Hari (@johannhari101 ) joins us to discuss his new book, "Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression — and the Unexpected Solutions.''

On today's show: AOC talks about the scarcity mindset with regard to NYC public schools.

Author Johann Hari (@johannhari101 ) joins us to discuss his new book, "Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression — and the Unexpected Solutions.'' The biological makeup of humans has not changed for many centuries, but depression, anxiety and addiction are on the rise. For this book, Hari traveled around the world and interviewed experts to identify the sources of our pain, including: Lack of control over one's work conditions, childhood trauma, and the isolation of modern life. He traces many of these problems back to neoliberal capitalism, as well as forward to antisocial behavior as it manifests in the political sphere.

On the fun half: Devin Nunes explains why he is suing Twitter. Brian Kilmeade says that Nunes is right to sue Twitter, says Covington kid won lawsuit. "Devin Nunes' mom" account mocks him with human centipede image. Court filing against "Devin Nunes' cow" account. "Devin Nunes' mom" account suggests Nunes frequents strippers in Vegas. Should the Democrats wait until after 2020 to try to impeach Trump? Hannity pokes fun at Glenn Beck's chalkboard days at Fox News. Glenn Beck spouts conspiracy theories about Ilhan Omar, socialism, et al. "Glenn Beck is sorry" image rehab tour (lol yeah right). Trump meets with Bolsonaro, craps on John McCain.

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Jason Hickel (@jasonhickel), author of The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, joins us.

On today's show: Spotify sues Apple for monopolistic practices. Joe Biden's comments on New Left criticism: "Most progressive of anyone who would run."

Jason Hickel, author of The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, joins us. Inequality between the global north and the global south has deepened since the 1960s. How colonizers enclosed common lands in India to force people to work for them. The process of colonization, resource extraction, and market opening that continues to enable the exploitation of the global south. How the US has rolled back the UN's reforms and propped up dictators. How the debt crisis of the '80s enabled a soft re-colonization. How Bill Gates and Steven Pinker are misrepresenting global poverty figures to make it look like everything's fine. Some policy prescriptions and how to sell them.

On the fun half: Mick Mulvaney says it's unfair to say Trump inspires white nationalism. Trump in 2016 says, "We'll be looking at a lot of different things" to remove Muslims. Egg boy, legend, eggs Fraser Anning, the Steve King of Australia. Egg boy gets put in headlock by the fash. Fraser Anning called out at airport. Bolsonaro egged by a woman. Egg boy remix. A caller's experience with pharma price gouging. Betsy McCaughey urges Trump to pay for border wall by ending "this asylum scam" of people fleeing to the US. Sam is burning up the polls in the libertarian primary. Plus, your calls!

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Digby (Heather Parton) (@digby56) and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) join us.

On today's show: Donny Deutsch says he'd vote for Trump over Sanders.

Digby (@digby56) joins us to break down the news. The horrific mosque shooting in Christchurch, NZ. Trump's fashy boast of military and police support. More 2020 analysis: Beto's lack of program, Biden's chances, and more.

Film Guy Matthew (@langdonboom) joins us to talk film. How are things going in his senior citizens' JCC Learning Annex film class? This week's pick: Posse (1975), a woke Western directed by Kirk Douglas,

On the fun half: Sean Hannity has a bug on his face. PSA's John Lovett says Venezuela is a scenario where Trump is right in the wrong ways. Fox News says NZ's struggles with "how to deal with the immigrants" may have contributed to Christchurch mosque shootings. The Christchurch shooter's opinion on Trump. Candace Owens denies influence on Christchurch shooter. Jamie says Trump is to barbarism as Bernie is to socialism. Tucker guest says parents cheated college admissions because of diversity "racial preferences." Fox News' Katie Pavlich defends Trump's plane expertise: 'The guy has owned planes his entire life." Mike Pompeo says Senate resolution shows senators don't care about Saudi lives. Plus, your calls and IMs.

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Joining Michael Brooks on today's show is Liz Franczak to discuss her new essay in the Baffler, "The Century of Spin," and the origins of neoliberal sociopolitical culture. Liz Franczak recounts the story of Edward Bernays, who “pioneered the field of modern public relations after serving under Woodrow Wilson during World War I, overseeing propaganda initiatives aimed at selling the war to the public and maximizing recruiting efforts.”  Bernays and his intellectual contemporaries felt that state managed economies and social democratic programs were a slippery slope to fascism. The masses needed to be guided by the intellectual class to stay away from what they thought was creeping fascism. This idea of "guided democracy" was developed by Walter Lippmann, a public intellectual and contemporary of Bernays, who sincerely thought he and his cohorts needed to take care of the unwashed masses. Which led to the summit at Mont Pelerin where Lippmann and leading classical liberal thought leaders (like Friedrich Hayek) convened to shape a new free market-based society committed to unwinding the post-war social democratic state in the West. Franczak argues the neoliberal rationality has created a new understanding of the Self as primarily itemized human capital. And while Europe has a longer historical understanding of the self to disentangle neoliberal culture, America does not have that advantage. Now several decades removed from the Mont Pelerin summit, what does our society look like? Franczak points out the failures of the neoliberal technocratic state and the nationalist populist rage railing against it, but wonders where does the rest of the country go? We run straight to the brands and things that make us comfortable Amazon Prime purchases, Instagram, and the things that provide us structure and security.

And in the Fun Half: the Senate votes to end US involvement in the war in Yemen, Howard Schultz's Make-A-Wish campaign lays out its policy platform, Anand Giridharadas's warning to Beto O'Rourke, thoughts on DNC super delegates, nuclear energy waste and private ownership, another failed Brexit vote, how Andrew Yang's UBI misdiagnoses systemic economic problems, Laura Loomer's latest investigative flop, and how a high schooler got the GOP Lt. Governor of Texas to pose with an "Abolish ICE" painting, plus your calls and IMs!

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Rutger Bregman (@rcbregman), author of Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World, joins us.

On today's show: Nancy Pelosi says she's never wanted to impeach a president.

Rutger Bregman (@rcbregman), author of Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World, joins us. In his book, Bregman argues for utopian thinking and posits some big ideas for progress. Universal basic income: its curious history and how it could improve people's lives, if implemented properly. The 15-hour work week: how we could take advantage of automation technology to perform less wage labor without being thrown into poverty. The ideology that keeps both capitalist and centrally planned societies from shooting for a post-work horizon. The value of an open borders policy. Do we need to subjugate capitalism? And some commentary on Bregman's infamous Tucker Carlson appearance.

Breaking news about Paul Manafort.

On the fun half: Tucker Carlson's racist rant about Iraqis. Dave Rubin defends Tucker's non-apology. Sean Hannity congratulates Tucker on his vacation. Tucker calls Brian Stelter a eunuch. Jacob Wohl calls in fake death threats on himself using a "diversity officer" sock account. Fox's Liz Peek complains that the college admissions scandal will "become another cudgel" used for "beating up successful Americans." Tressie McMillan Cottom explains how the college admissions process is already wildly unequal. Meghan McCain defends legacies. GOP wants to pass "Cradle Act" where you can dip into your own Social Security money to pay for family leave.

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On today's show: New app to help Trump supporters find MAGA-friendly restaurants. Larry Kudlow explains that cuts to entitlements are necessary. OMB acting director claims that budget is not cutting Medicare or Medicaid spending. Joe Biden says he'd stay away, but he saw Trump's budget proposal. Some things you should know about Biden's record. A new fun half song is debuted.

In the fun half: John from San Antonio on Bernie's promising numbers. "Jesse Lee Peterson" calls into the show. A depressing story about insurance company monopolies. Trump promotes "Jexodus" after Fox and Friends segment. Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage says most Democratic money comes from Jews. Does neoliberal ideology conflict with MMT? Charles Payne compares Facebook removing Warren ads to kid taking off a "kick me" sign. Arkansas lawmaker enraged by rushed through stand your ground legislation. Spy master Evan McMullin figures out DSA is socialist. Ilhan Omar denies equating Obama and Trump: "one is human, the other is really not." Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Jonathan H. Marks (@EthicsLawPolicy), director of the Bioethics Program at Penn State, joins us to discuss his book, The Perils of Partnership: Industry Influence, Institutional Integrity, And Public Health.

On today's show: John Hickenlooper declines to say whether or not he's a capitalist.

Jonathan H. Marks (@EthicsLawPolicy), director of the Bioethics Program at Penn State, joins us to discuss his book, The Perils of Partnership: Industry Influence, Institutional Integrity, And Public Health. The history of public-private partnership in the UK and US. The contradictions that arise when an industry tasked with making profits claims to operate in service of the public good. How public-private partnerships have undermined public health. How this dynamic plays out in research universities. Some ideas for a solution.

On the fun half: Howard Schultz says Hickenlooper's interview proves Democratic Party now belongs to Bernie. Schultz's definition of socialism is "Venezuela." Debbie Wasserman-Schultz & Shalala go to Venezuela, film concern-trolling video on the humanitarian bridge. NYT video contradicts Trump admin claim that Maduro burned aid to Venezuela. Tucker Carlson misogynistically defends Warren Jeffs' child brides on Bubba the Love Sponge, does not apologize, is a hypocrite (ex: his "Ghosts of Biden past" segment). Trump does awful Jeff Sessions impression, signs Bibles at Alabama church for tornado survivors. Stuart Varney says Warren's wealth redistribution programs are "pure socialism." AOC explains how Reagan used racism to divide the working class. Al-Jazeera's Medhi Hasan's follow up questions reveal Erik Prince's lie to Congressional Intelligence Committee about August 2016 Trump tower meeting.

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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon ) joins us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: GOP makes reactionary changes to the judiciary. Meghan McCain breaks down in tears over Ilhan Omar's "scary" Israel comments.

Benjamin P. Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), founder of ProgressiveArmy.net, joins us to break down the latest news from Washington, including: The Democrats' sweeping reform bill HR1. Ilhan Omar's brave stand. Elizabeth Warren's anti-trust reforms. Paul Manafort's light prison sentence. And Bernie Sanders' relationship to black voters.

In the fun half: Class traitor Abigail Disney wants higher taxes. Kirstjen Nielsen has never met a DREAMer. Bernie addresses racial justice at Iowa rally. Doug Collins freaks out about house resolution against evil. Flashback Friday: Bernie in 1989 says media needs to pay attention to "greenhouse gas effect." Li Yang, owner of massage parlor busted for sex trafficking, hangs with Trump in numerous photos. Laura Ingraham: Migrants should apply for political asylum from 'safety of your home country.' Trump official claims seismic air gun tests don't hurt whales, congressman blasts him with an air horn. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Juan Cole (@jricole), professor of History at the University of Michigan, joins Michael Brooks to discuss the upcoming elections in Israel set for April 9. Meagan Day (@meaganmday), a staff writer at Jacobin magazine, joins Michael to discuss the 2020 election and Bernie Sanders' launch rally at Brooklyn College.

On today's show: Trump calls Tim Cook "Tim Apple." Group of progressive reps send letter to Mike Pompeo re: President Bolsonaro's actions in Brazil. Free Lula samba at Brazil Carnival.

Juan Cole (@jricole), professor of History at the University of Michigan, joins us to discuss the upcoming elections in Israel set for April 9. The sharp rightward turn in Israeli politics and the resulting rise in economic and racial inequality. The corruption charges facing PM Netanyahu and how he has interfered with democracy. Ilhan Omar's brave stand and the disingenuous attempts to smear her as an anti-Semite. Emerging fault lines in the Democratic Party's approach to Israel.

Meagan Day (@meaganmday), staff writer at Jacobin magazine, joins us to discuss the 2020 election and Bernie Sanders' launch rally at Brooklyn College. The diverse crowd at Brooklyn College and the myth of the white, male Bernie bro. How Sanders could wield the presidency and the "accident of history" that would require him to act as a tribune for outside movements in order to get anything done. Not me, us!

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The US government is monitoring journalists at the border. Joe Scarborough compares Ilhan Omar to Steve King and David Duke. Medhi Hasan grills Blackwater founder Erik Prince; Prince claims a non-DC jury would have acquitted Blackwater of manslaughter in Iraq. Alex Trebek delivers sick burn on nerdcore rap. Bolsonaro tweets golden shower video. John Bolton invokes Monroe Doctrine for potential actions in Venezuela. Are we "useful idiots" for the Maduro regime? Plus, your calls and IMs!

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On today's show: DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen lies, claims people are not being deported without the chance to get their kids back. Rep. Clay Higgins compares immigration to D-Day invasion. Sam reads an email from a listener, goes in hard on claims that Ilhan Omar's criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic. Steve Scalise says Omar should be removed from foreign affairs council. Clinton and Obama-era centrist Brad DeLong says it's time to let the left wing of the party take the reins. A spirited discussion of neoliberalism.

On the fun half: Rand Paul says it's against liberty to enforce mandatory vaccinations. Fox and Friends shows the hypocrisy of AOC taking a plane instead of Acela to see her constituents. Tucker Carlson and Melissa Francis say they're the serfs and AOC is the ruling class. WAPO: "Howard Schultz hopes to benefit from Michael Bloomberg's decision not to run for president." Larry Summers dismisses MMT, says it's dangerous to say that "the government can just print money." Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Investigative reporter Paul Kiel (@paulkiel) joins us to discuss his new co-authored piece for Pro Publica, 'How the IRS Was Gutted.'

On today's show: Dan Bongino says nobody accused Trump of racism before he was a Republican.

Investigative reporter Paul Kiel (@paulkiel) joins us to discuss his new co-authored piece for Pro Publica, 'How the IRS Was Gutted.' In this piece, Kiel details the GOP's successful campaign to slash the IRS' budget and hamstring its ability to collect taxes, resulting in billions less for social spending. Good news for the wealthy and corporations, bad news for the 99%.

Hannity points out Bernie's hypocrisy: "Wants open borders but uses fences."

On the fun half: Right-wing activist at WV state house brandishes wildly Islamophobic sign about Ilhan Omar. Bari Weiss claims anti-Semitism on the left is worse than the right. Ilhan Omar tells supporters not to worry about her, she has survived war. Is it bad for movies to humanize evil figures like Dick Cheney? Jeff Merkley announces he is NOT running for president. Poppy Harlow lies about GOP oversight of Trump admin the past two years. Gabe Sherman says Rupert Murdoch wanted Trump to investigate ex-wife Wendy about her being a Chinese spy. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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On today's show, historian Greg Grandin (@GregGrandin), joins us to discuss his new book, The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America. At the foundation of America is the idea of expansionism. For centuries the United States has expanded its borders, markets, and policy in order to alleviate  domestic issues and would dilute problems of factionalism. Unlike other imperial powers, Grandin believes the United States married the ideas of liberty and imperial domination and created a fundamental national identity where expansion through imperialism could be see as an innate "freedom." But expansion is also hits limits. USA expansionism has hit walls during the Great Depression and then again Vietnam war; responses to these limitations addressed expansion in new ways. During the Great Depression expansion through socialization via the New Deal brought greater liberation and freedom from tyranny. Under Reagan, liberty and expansion existed as freedom from taxation and the government bureaucracy created after WWII. Moving to 2018, Grandin argues that Trump's policy and understanding of expansion exists at the southern border, it's a push back against universal liberalism and the idea that a global economy can lift all ships. Under Trump, the opportunity for growth is gone, there are limits and we need to take care of our own. The Wall is a real representation of hedonistic brutality that inverts the myth of the frontier and expansion, it is an expansion from within.

And in the Fun Half: John Hickenlooper is finally in the race, it's Riff City at CPAC, Clinton spox on MSNBC already have the knives out for Bernie, white Bernie supporters should be less defensive and listen to criticism, a listener recounts playing poker at a table full of Trump supporters, Doug Jones makes the case to expand the voter rolls, Brandon Straka made it to the CPAC stage, breaking down Donald Trump's marathon CPAC diatribe, Seinfeld explains the complexity of comedy in 2019, plus your calls and IMs!

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On today's show, TYT reporter Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland ) and comedy legend Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) join us. On today's show, Sam, Michael and Emma discuss  this week's Cohen hearings as well as what to expect from Felix Sater's upcoming public hearing and Allen Weisselberg's potential testimony before the House Intel committee. Lost in the revelations of Cohen's testimony was the GOP's general incompetence at cross-examination. Mark Meadow's "I'm not racist!" grandstanding has come back to haunt him as reporters unearth his birtherism stump speeches from the 2012 primary in North Carolina. Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, Trump and his foreign policy team leave Vietnam empty-handed, and the possibility of a peace accord is more distant than it was before the US envoy arrived in Hanoi on Tuesday.  Plus, the bombshell new report from the Times that shows Trump ordered officials to grant Jared's Top Secret security clearance. Sam and Emma also breakdown the latest round of Democratic-passed legislation and how Democratic lawmakers can address GOP "motion to recommit" amendments which aim to divide the majority party.

The MR crew and Sam wonder why Kindler hasn't had any Twitter beef the past several days. Andy says it's a result of a few good therapy sessions--we're happy for him! Then, what is an Andy Kindler appearance without catching up on our old friend Dennis Miller? Kindler and Sam then breakdown CPAC's *HILARIOUS* cocktail menu which really owns the libs. And, if you're in the midwest you can see Andy in Aurora, Illinois at the Comedy Shrine next week.

And in the Fun Half: Alex Jones and Joe Rogan think it's fun how they've liquified their audiences' brains, PsyGroup, anti-BDS measures and anti-semitism, Rep. Scott Perry's Jewsplaining, a libertarian calls in about a monetary system without a state, how to help fascist family members, corruption cases in Canada, where is Cliff, plus your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:54pm EDT

Milton Allimadi joins the program today on a Michael Brooks Thursday to discuss the on-going protest and civil unrest in Sudan over President Omar al-Bashir's austerity measures. Allimadi and Brooks will also preview the upcoming South African general elections set to take place in May. We're live at 12:00 PM EST.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has ruled for over 30 years but recent protests over bread prices and a rise in poverty have led to anti-austerity marches against al-Bashir's government. Last week, al-Bashir declared a year-long national emergency which according to France24, "dissolves the federal and provincial governments and appoints 16 army officers and two officers from the feared National Intelligence and Security Service as provincial governors."  Allimadi believes there is now a chance for open elections which will not be led by opposition parties but by the professional class and those leading the bread price protests--i.e., unions and students. While there are several level of coercive power structures standing in the way of these unions and student organizers, these groups represent the best means towards a more equitable Sudanese representative government. Allimadi and Brooks then take a wider view on the issue of corporate media coverage across Africa which highlights peoples' suffering without explaining the systemic structural issues of extraction and exploitation which fuel the cyclical atrocities across the continent.

South Africa will hold elections under Cyril Ramaphosa in May; it will be the sixth election held since the end of the apartheid system in 1994. Allimadi breaks down the issues animating voters in South Africa before they head to the polls this spring including land reform, expropriation and the larger economic disparity between white and black households. Allimadi believes if South Africa does not reconcile these gaping inequalities will threaten their democracy's existence. Ending on a positive note, Allimadi suggests listeners interested in learning more about inequality and organizing in South Africa should check out Steve Biko's speeches and lectures. Biko's intellectual output provides a roadmap for how African countries can forge real autonomy in the contemporary global economy.

And in the Fun Half: AOC sets up inquiries into further Trump Organization investigations, Mark Meadows says his use of a black woman as a prop is not racist--the accusation of such is racist, Rashida Tlaib explains how white people can do something racist while not identifying as A Racist, but old Tea Party clips show that maybe Mark Meadow's is a racist, and Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence wonders what Trump has said about race behind closed doors, Sam accepts Dave Rubin's invitation to debate, how to address undemocratic government in Nigeria, the implication of a second Brexit referendum, Guaido's trip to meet Bolsonaro in Brazil, Bernie wants a filibuster proof revolution, why congress should investigate real estate's role in oligarchy, plus your calls & IMs!

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The MR crew comments on Michael Cohen's testimony before Congress.

On today's show: Cohen's in the hot seat and singing like a bird! Tasty tidbits include: Trump's presidential run was a marketing campaign, Trump hired a sock to bid up the value of his portrait, and Trump had his associates threaten the college board into sitting on his SAT scores. He also addresses Trump's hush money payments to Stormy Daniels, ties to the Russian mob, Vietnam draft-dodging, and more!

Also: Rep. Katie Porter asks Equifax CEO for his personal data as she hammers company's legal moves. Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduces a Medicare-for-all bill that's even better than Bernie's. Fox News freaks out over Green New Deal: AOC is Maoist, wants to "get rid of children." Glenn Beck says AOC & GND are shifting the Overton window through time and space. Rep. Ted Duetch rips HHS commander over "horrific" report that thousands of migrant youth were sexually abused in US custody. Plus, your IMs.

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Meghan McCain stands in solidarity with Diane Feinstein's stand against children who protest. Bernie breaks fundraising records! Bernie answers questions about race, sexual harassment, and intervention in Venezuela at town hall.  Tucker Carlson outraged over Bernie's private jet use in 2016.

On the fun half: Ivanka Trump accidentally makes the case for a federal jobs guarantee. Dave Rubin claims nobody who has a phone is oppressed. Bodega Boys on edgy humor and PC culture. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Good Monday morning, MR listeners! We're back from hiatus with a news day, catching you up on all the stories and commentary you might have missed over the past week.

On today's show: AOC's payroll is socialism and communism at the same time. Bernie announces! When asked about Howard Schultz: "Why does he all of a sudden have this platform?" Elizabeth Warren's plan for universal childcare upsets Fox News. (Jamie says: make it free and totally un-means tested to make it even better!) Tucker Carlson blows up at Rutger Bregman in unaired Fox News interview.

On the fun half: Laura Ingraham guest says we can't judge John Wayne's white supremacy comments because it was 1971. Warren's position on the filibuster: "All options are on the table." Pete Buttgieg says all options are on the table for court packing. Dianne Feinstein waves off kids concerned about climate change. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Matthew Blackwell(@Matt_Blackwell), Associate Professor of Government at Harvard University and co-author of "Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics" joins us to discuss the book.

Why do certain parts of the US seem to be particularly "conservative" when it comes to race. "Behavioral path dependence" and the importance of institutions on behavior. How the growth of US slavery centuries ago still affect politics today. The linear relationship between the increase in enslaved african americans in a area to current racist political attitudes today: the more the whites where outnumbered by slaves, the more racist they became. The extreme reaction by white southerners to emancipation. The persistence of racist attitudes the originated during slavery and emancipation/reconstruction.

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Historian of paramilitary social movements and author of "Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America," Kathleen Belew joins us today to discuss her book. How a 1979 Greensboro, NC was a spiritual precursor to the recent Charlottesville, Virginia white supremacist meet-up. White nationalism as an unpatriotic desire for an Aryan Nation as opposed to America as a multicultural state. How America's foreign military deployments fed white power movements in the US, in all the 20th century conflicts but particularly Vietnam. US failure in Vietnam and the sense of betrayal on the right. What is the "business model" of white power movements and how is it propagated? Our collective amnesia of the Oklahoma City bombings.

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Alexandra Natapoff (@ANatapoff), Law professor at U.C. Irvine, criminal law scholar, and author of "Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal," joins us to discuss her book. What is a misdemeanor, and how is it distinguished from felonies? The "unprincipled," hodge-podge nature of US misdemeanor law. The alteration to a persons rights merely getting arrested creates. How Stop-and-Frisk fed the problem. Race and class oppression and the misdemeanor system. Ferguson, MO and the monetization of poverty by law enforcement. The piling up of fees by the legal system. Reform and the test "from a veil of ignorance." The importance of local criminal justice reform alongside more visible federal reform efforts.

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First, University of Massachusetts-Lowell professor of economics Bill Lazonick joins Sam for part 2 of their discussion on stock buybacks.

Duke professor of History Edward Balleisen joins us to discuss his book "Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff." What is fraud in a legal sense, and in America specifically. The "caveat emptor" beginnings of America. Markets and the growing problems of asymmetric information. Why private quality control and branding was insufficient for industries like fertilizer. Mail fraud and the falling reputation of business. The Great Depression and the rise of the FTC. The American "disclosure" model of business. The significance of race and class barriers to the legal system. Why the entities committing fraud appear to be getting larger and larger. Enron and 2008 and the rate of amnesia.

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First, University of Massachusetts-Lowell professor of economics Bill Lazonick joins Sam to discuss stock buybacks.

Then, Michael E. Staub joins us. With his 1994 book "The Bell Curve," Charles Murray became the most visible proponent of what's now widely understood to be heavily compromised, ideologically driven "science" on race and IQ. But this work of pop science wasn't created in a vacuum. In "The Mismeasure of Minds," Michael E. Staub traces how the 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown v Board of Education set off decades of deeply flawed research around race, class and IQ, the discriminatory effects of which are still being felt to this day.

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The Nation's Eric Alterman (@Eric_Alterman) joins us to discuss Elliot Abrams' war crimes. Also: Isabel Gillies (@isabelgillies) returns to discuss her new book 'Cozy: The Art of Arranging Yourself in the World.'

On today's show: Alex Jones declares war on Joe Rogan. Ilhan Omar bravely questions Elliot Abrams on war crimes, lies about war crimes.

The Nation's Eric Alterman (@Eric_Alterman) joins us to discuss the career of Elliot Abrams, Trump's pick for special envoy to Venezuela. From Guatemala to Nicaragua to El Salvador, Abrams has a long history of supporting atrocities and genocide when it has furthered US interests to do so. He was also convicted of lying to Congress about the US role in the Iran-Contra affair. Alterman goes over this man's crimes and explains why his career has proven so durable. Spoiler alert: It's a club, and he's in it.

Trump talks about declaring a national emergency, references the Muslim ban. Would the Supreme Court dare to set such a precedent?

Actress and author Isabel Gillies (@IsabelGillies) joins us to discuss her new book, 'Cozy: The Art of Arranging Yourself in the World.' Channeling the Danish idea of "hygge," Gillies seeks to help people with the task of "learning to identify the innermost truth of yourself and carrying it into the world, no matter your environment."

Trump installs indoor golf simulator in White House. Mike Pence says (in 2014) that the President should not handle immigration by executive order. Nancy Pelosi explains how the Dems will provide legal challenges to Trump's national emergency. Amazon pulls out of NYC, local communities celebrate! Fox and Friends express sour grapes, say "AOC won." Brian Kilmeade says Amazon is like a top draft pick or a free agent: "You gotta over pay." Cuomo blames "local socialists" for killing the deal; Jamie says thanks for the free PR. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:31pm EDT

Good morning and Happy Valentine's Day! On today's Majority Report, Michael Brooks is joined by Professor of Middle East History Djene Bajalan to discuss what's happening at the US-led Middle East (minus Iran) "peace and security" conference in Warsaw. Michael and Djene begin with an autopsy on the Afghanistan and Iraq invasions  pushed by the American NatSec community and its allies like BB Netanyahu and how they're spinning the same tale today in the context of Iran. Michael explains how the campaigns from 16 years ago differ now with our policies towards Iran while Bajelan says people are right to be extremely concerned with Netanyahu's comments in Warsaw yesterday. This latest escalation shows what the gulf alliances are looking to do in the face of an already a fraught moment between Israel and Iran. Even if there isn't an all out war, gearing up for conflict and suffocating the Iranian regime will only further destabilize the Middle East and will hurt the millions of civilians living in the region. Michael and Djene conclude their conversation with an update on Kurdistan and the threat that Turkey poses once US forces withdraw from the region.

In the Fun Half: allowing 2020 candidates to evolve their policy platforms without condemnation, an update on the Spanish snap election, Bakari Sellers poo-poo's the Amazon's NYC withdrawal, all of Elliot Abrams war crimes and the NatSec careerists that insulate him, an update on Lula's incarceration and the state of Brazilian politics, how to deal with third-way friends and contemporaries, Duncan Hunter wishes combat had no rules of engagement,  a caller proposes a 2-state solution for Israel, Jonathan Chait's college peer reminds us the New York Magazine writer is always wrong, an update on the Sudanese protests, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 2-14-19-Djene_Bajalan-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:49pm EDT

Michael Mann (@MichaelEMann), Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State and co-winner of the Tyler Prize For Environmental Achievement, joins us.

On today's show: Sam on Olbermann throws to Sam the Weatherman.

Michael Mann (@MichaelEMann), Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State and co-winner of the Tyler Prize For Environmental Achievement, joins us. We are facing a climate crisis of unprecedented proportions. Record high temperatures, insect die-offs, and increasingly volatile weather patterns paint a grim picture. A recent NASA report blamed the oil and gas industry for the majority of methane emissions. Mann outlines the scope of the problem, then posits some solutions, including a carbon tax, tax incentives for clean energy, and a Green New Deal.

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On the fun half: Brandon Straka of #WalkAway tries to dredge up Sam's old tweet. Fox News tells Americans to stop complaining about their shrunken tax refunds. Stephanie Ruhle says we should hate the game, not the billionaire players; Anand Ghirardardas clarifies it's the system that's immoral. John Barrasso says Green New Deal will abolish ice cream, cheese burgers. Kevin McCarthy and GOP celebrate in Rose Garden after House Obamacare repeal. What have the members of the MR crew done for economic democracy? A short debate with a libertarian. Plus, your calls!

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Author Jonathan Tepper (@jtepper2) joins us to discuss his new book, The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition.

On today's show: Lou Dobbs advises Candace Owens against invoking Hitler: Anyone who does, "loses."

Author Jonathan Tepper (@jtepper2) joins us to discuss his new book, The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition. The idea of "free market competition" is heavily associated with American capitalism. And yet, everywhere you turn, our lives are dominated by monopolies and duopolies, especially in the tech sector. In this book, Tepper argues for a return of vigorous anti-trust policies to restore competition to the marketplace and fight inequality. The crew weighs in with their takes at the end.

On the fun half: Thomas Friedman uses AIPAC to describe the problems with Citizens United/campaign finance in 2013. Rep. Max Rose calls out Republican double standard: "Can't be chicken sh*t" with anti-Semitism. Kevin McCarthy tweets about Soros buying elections days after Tree of Life synagogue shooting. WV Rep goes full Bolsonaro, implies he would drown his kids if he found out they were gay. Joy Behar shuts down Meghan McCain: "If you're going to have a hissy fit, we can't continue." Surrogates defend Amy Klobuchar for being horrible to staff. A spirited discussion of the solutions set forth by Tepper. MAGA chuds form human border wall. Trump at rally: "We won't abolish ICE." Man flashes white power sign at Trump rally. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Good morning, on today's show, Michael Joseph Roberto, author of The Coming of the American Behemoth: The Origins of Fascism in the United States, 1920–1940. Roberto traces his definition of fascism to the American financial system in 1920s. Life in America in the 1920s was the epicenter of capitalism, this is period of great prosperity for Americans. The financial system during this period consolidated and became the most essential actor in the American economy, something most every American depended on. While most American understand fascism as a bottom-up and petite bourgeois movement like what transpired in Italy and Germany, Roberto argues that American fascism is a top-down, namely protecting the interest of Big Business. This American fascism involved the extreme concentration of money and power in corporate monopolies, bent government policy to serve the nation’s wealthiest citizens, contributed to the suffering of the Great Depression, and also included fascism’s characteristic efforts to control public perception.

And in the Fun Half: how to risk the imagination of new kind of possibility, Kamala Harris smoking mids, Mick Mulvaney says we cannot rule out a second shut down at the end of the week, the "unwilling to work" part of AOC's Green New Deal, Northam calls slavery "indentured servants," according to Joe Crowley AOC is who she is because of him, Elizabeth Warren officially announces her presidential campaign, Jamie Raskin asks Matt Whitaker if Sheldon Adelson is behind his former non-profit the  Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, Rep. Veronica Escobar explains why the "Remain in Mexico" is such a awful policy for any asylum seeker, Charlie Kirk has a boomer problem, the wall is now ICE detention bed, plus your calls and IMs!

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Digby (@digby56), Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Trump's big SOTU conclusion: "Abortion security." Maria Bartiromo says wealth taxes are a waste because rich people will hide their income.

Heather "Digby" Parton (@digby56), of Salon.com and Hullabaloo, joins us to discuss the news: Acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker faces tough questions as he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee. And what's up with all that money that got paid to Melania's consultant friend? Also: Was the Enquirer's interest in Jeff Bezos' dick pic evidence of international corruption, or just good gossip?

Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) joins us to discuss her campaign for New York City public advocate, how "affordable housing" programs are actually gentrification programs, and the importance of rejecting corporate money.

'Film Guy' Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) joins us to discuss his itinerant lifestyle and recommend movies, including: 'Won't You Be My Neighbor,' 'Sicario 2,' and 'Come and See,' a 1985 Soviet war tragedy directed by Elem Klimov.

On the fun half: Howard Schultz talks about the dropping cost of tuition at Purdue University: "You gotta clap for that." Gavin McInnes shows up to SPLC dressed like a plantation owner, tells the story of the not-racist South. Candace Owens talks about how nationalism is good, where Hitler went wrong was becoming a globalist. Sean Spicer drunk after SOTU. Brandon Straka will run against AOC in her district. Rep. Markwayne Mullin says you can't complain about family separation unless you adopt a bunch of kids like he did. AOC explains House reps can own stock in the companies they regulate. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Kate Aronoff of the Intercept and the Jacobin joins Michael Brooks this Thursday to discuss the prospects and the "Five Freedoms" of a Green New Deal. As Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez makes the media rounds to rally support for her and Ed Markey's Green New Deal, Aronoff joins MR to explains what we can hope to achieve legislatively and how quickly we can decarbonize the economy this century. Aronoff breaks down the power relationships of climate catastrophe and how approximately 100 companies account for 71% of all carbon emissions since 1988. The five freedoms laid out in Aronoff's piece critique our current lifestyle politics. While it's important to make environmentally conscious choices, the choices of a low-income consumer in the middle of the country is not nearly as destructive as Betsy DeVos owning several houses, yachts, and flying on private jets. More broadly speaking, Aronoff believes we need to rethink our understanding a productive lifestyle. Under a Green New Deal we need to abolish work that is worse than toil; work that is both unfulfilling and destructive to the environment must be effectively eliminated from society. While policymakers are proposing legislation to remake our energy economy, Aronoff says elected officials should not overlook the importance of climate justice, too. Over the past 40 years, energy executives have hidden climate research showing the damage of carbon emission and have promoted disinformation in its place. Moving forward it's important that we hold these industry leaders accountable for their actions in the court of law.

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Today, Sam is joined by Brown University professor Corey Brettschneider to discuss his new book, The Oath and the Office: A Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents in which Brettschneider lays out the constitutional limits at any point in time on the chief executive office. People often overlook the first thing the President does in the office, which is read an oath. This oath is prescribed from the second article of the constitution laying out the requirements of protecting the constitution. Brettschneider believes the Trump and the Supreme Court have failed to uphold the articles of the constitution, namely the travel ban Trump enacted his first weeks in government. Brettschneider explains the different interpretations of the constitution and schools of thoughts that exist on our current Supreme Court like Originalism and Textualism. With that said, Brettschneider really doesn't think Trump is serving with any functional understanding of the constitution--he's simply appointing Federalist Society and Judicial Watch originalist judges to the nation's highest courts. But what's worse? Having a president who can manipulate the constitution to his ideological will, or, Trump who has outsourced his constitutional interpretation to conservative judicial PACs. Brettschneider believes Trump's utter disregard for human rights and rule of law is not only more dangerous than a cunning judicially minded president, but it's also the most dangerous thing in the history of the country.

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Majority Report's live broadcast from the 2019 state of the union address, archived here for your listening pleasure!

Donald Trump is president and we are rapidly sliding towards barbarism. But with the help of Splinter News' Katherine Krueger (@kath_krueger) and maybe some beers, we can get through Trump's SOTU speech. Plus: Stacey Abrams delivers the Democrats' response, and Bernie Sanders delivers the democratic socialist response.

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Sarah E. Igo, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Program in American Studies at Vanderbilt University, joins us to discuss her book, The Known Citizen A History of Privacy in Modern America.

On today's show: Fox News pundit Charles Payne says AOC's tax proposal smacks of fairness.

Sarah E. Igo, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Program in American Studies at Vanderbilt University, joins us to discuss her book, The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America. While "privacy" as a concept is quite old, it gained new relevance in the 19th century when technology, corporate industry, the press, and the administrative state grew rapidly. From the workplace to Madison Avenue to our current digital dystopia, Igo tracks the ways in which people and entities have negotiated the boundaries between "public" and "private."

John Avlon says Trump's SOTU might finally be the day he becomes president.

On the fun half: Howard Schultz wants AOC to stop billionaire hatred, wants to use more inclusive language: "people of means." Wendell Primus, Pelosi advisor, says Dems will not pursue single-payer healthcare. Trump says we should keep troops in Iraq to "keep watching" the middle east. CNBC economist says Bernie's policies would be good for the economy. Bakari Sellers says there are different ways to M4A and we need private industry, endorses Harris and Booker plans. Ro Khanna explains how drug "innovation" is publicly funded. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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New York City City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@CoreyinNYC) joins us.

On today's show: Trump says national anthem protests should be done on players' own time, brags about passing criminal justice reform.

Corey Johnson (@CoreyinNYC), Speaker of New York City Council and acting public advocate, joins us to discuss the Amazon deal. From underperforming schools to a cash-starved public transit system, New York City is greatly in need of public funds. And yet, the city is about to hand over $3 billion in tax subsidies to the world's richest man as part of the Amazon HQ2 deal. Johnson goes over how this happened, why it's a bad deal, and what we can do to fight it, as well as steps politicians should take to reduce the influence of corporate money.

A video ode to MR's love affair with AOC.

On the fun half: John Lovett's "nuance" on Medicare-for-all obfuscates why we really need a universal program. Elizabeth Warren backs off true m4a. John from San Antonio on why single-payer is the only answer. Ralph Northam nearly moonwalks before his wife steps in. Sherrod Brown says we don't deal with race in this country, plus we have a racist president. Two Twitter accounts battle over who's the real Turning Points UK and who's the impostor. How should AOC respond to charges that Corbyn is anti-Semitic? Why is the left more fragmented than the right? Kamala Harris' race issues. How should young people approach running for office?

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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon ), co-founder of the North Star and Virgil Texas (@virgiltexas ), of Chapo Trap House, join us.

On today's show: Pompeo announces US withdrawl from Cold War INF treaty.

Benjamin P. Dixon joins us to discuss the latest news from Washington: The government shutdown, the power of the strike, Trump and abortion, Cory Booker's campaign video, Kamala Harris' criminal justice record, and wtf is Howard Schultz doing?

Virgil Texas, prolific gamer and co-host of Chapo Trap House, joins us. Steve Schmidt defends Schultz run. Mike Slater claims we need billionaires to save us from poverty. Amy Klobuchar proposes tax-savings nonsense for "apprenticeships," education. (PSA: You don't have to pay for an apprenticeship at a good union job.) Is it good or bad that we're discussing Kamala Harris' criminal justice now instead of later in the primary? Ralph Northam explains women's choice bill on radio. Warren says our economics and taxation is "capitalism without rules." Dave Rubin says he wouldn't blame people if they turned to ethno-nationalism. Ana and Cenk break down Dave Rubin's superchat-gate "debate Sam Seder." Speaker Johnson asks Amazon again: "Why do you need billions of dollars?" AOC asks doctor if public gets any ROI from NIH research which subsidizes drug development.

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Lori Wallach (@WallachLori), the Director and Founder of Global Trade Watch at Public Citizen, joins us to discuss the new NAFTA.

On today's show: Howard Schultz says his favorite presidents of the past 50 years are Reagan & FDR.

Lori Wallach, the Director and Founder of Global Trade Watch at Public Citizen, joins us to break down what's new in the new NAFTA, or the USMCA as it's been called by Trump and his co-signers, and how it will alter the international trade regime. Under the banner of "free trade," NAFTA limited the power of local governments to regulate business, as well as the power of workers to organize. USMCA is an improvement in some ways but worse in others. To track the upsides and downsides of "NAFTA 2.0," visit www.replaceNAFTA.org.

On the fun half: Howard Schultz is Old Economy Steven personified. Michael Bloomberg on Medicare for all: "You could never afford that." Waleed Shahid of Justice Dems says billionaire centrists are a fringe group. Rachel Maddow concerned that Russia will hack the utilities, freeze people in the Dakotas. Bernie calls himself a socialist during governor race in VT during 1986 campaign. Mitch McConnell mocks the idea of making Election Day a federal holiday.

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On today's show: Donald Trump may be getting talking points from the movie Sicario 2.

Sam breaks down the new proposed standards for asylum seekers and how they'd further family separation and white supremacy. Kamala Harris backs down on m4a, resists criminal justice reform; Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor calls her out. John Bolton's notepad: "5,000 troops Colombia." John Bolton says Venezuela is part of the "troika of tyranny." Ro Khanna explains the fallacy of US foreign intervention and regime change on Democracy Now.

On the fun half: Chris Christie spills the tea on the Kushner family. Dave Rubin freaks out over abortion bill, sets himself up for anti-choice pivot. Warren explains her wealth tax to Chris Hayes. Stephanie Ruhle tells Jeff Stein it's "naive" to think Schultz is only against wealth tax for personal reasons. Former Obama aide Bill Burton defends Howard Schultz campaign (and his role in it): "Really cool." Laura Ingraham says billionaires and CEOs need to defend the policies they voted for. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Journalist and author Reniqua Allen (@rnz1) joins us to discuss her new book, It Was All A Dream: How A New Generation is Navigating the Broken Promise of America.

On today's show: Starbucks tycoon and aspiring third party candidate Howard Schultz shows us the mind of a billionaire who is not really a politician. Protester tells Howard Schultz to drop out of the race: "You egotistical billionaire asshole!" "Go back to getting ratioed on Twitter!"

Reniqua Allen (@rnz1) joins us to discuss her new book, It Was All A Dream: How A New Generation is Navigating the Broken Promise of America. After seeing their parents work hard in exchange for dubious rewards, black millennials are beginning to question the promise of the American dream. By talking to black millennials from all walks of life, Allen explores how the younger generation is navigating a bleak economic climate, shouldering the worst of the problems faced by millennials, and rejecting the rules and assumptions of white, neoliberal America.

Sam explains the Supreme Court case that could spell the end of Roe v Wade, especially if the court decides not to hear it. Reminder: direct action gets the goods. Nomiki Konst makes the case that progressives can't just be 90% progressive as public advocate.

On the fun half: Joe Rogan issues correction on fake inflammatory antifa sign. Howard Schultz roasted over 2020 plan. Kamala Harris endorses Medicare for all, says "it's time to move on." Kamala Harris punts on the morality of billionaires, says progressives aren't realistic on criminal justice reform. Sam lays out why the "electability" argument is not a good one to use against Harris in the primary. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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On today's show, Jamila Michener (@povertyscholar), Professor in the department of Government at Cornell University, joins us to discuss her new book, Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism, and Unequal Politics. Medicaid is one of the most fundamental aspects of the US federal safety net, however it is fractured and constantly under attack by state governments, especially in GOP-controlled states. Michener explains that states have very expansive control over what they will and will not cover for its Medicaid recipients. The way that Americans provide care is fragmented and inconsistent. Michener says American social policy towards people living in poverty is one where we give people as little help as possible. States should have an much discretion as possible when dealing with its poor people. This is most illustrative in the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. In the former we have a nationalized program where the funding and policy is set by the federal program; and in the latter a program that is different from state to state, leaving a vulnerable class at the whims of its state's balance sheet. Michener and Sam also consider lower class involvement in the political process and how their action or absence influences election outcomes. Finally, Michener  describes the ground game for Medicare-For-All and how it can be enacted through a

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Joining us on today's show, Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) Correspondent & Producer at TYT Rebel HQ, and comedian and Bob's Burgers voice actor Larry Murphy. We're on Day 35 of the Government Shutdown and the disconnect between Trump and everyday people continues to grow. In a matter of hours Wilbur Ross, Donald Trump, and Larry Kudlow each explained exactly how little they understand about average Americans. Today, Air Traffic Controllers called out sick across several major US airports, include NY LaGuardia, Newark, and Philadelphia, grounding a large number of flights across the northeast and across the country. Emma Vigeland joins us and shares her stories from imbedding with conservatives during the 2016 campaign and breaks down the path forward for Democrats into 2020.

Then, Larry Murphy joins Sam to discuss the latest revelations from the Mueller probe including this morning FBI SWAT arrest of Roger Stone. Larry and Sam wonder how Trump and associates like Giuliani have gotten away with so much over such a long period of time in a politically ambitious city like New York. Finally, Sam asks Larry the hard question, will Hugo be in the Bob's Burger movie?

And in the Fun Half: Dana Perino is sending warning signals to Republicans on their economic messaging, Emma Vigeland explains the frustration of having centrist Democratic parents,  WWE Daniel Bryan is a woke boomer-hater, Denver teachers overwhelming vote to strike, Sam and the gang watch down Trump's announcement that he will reopen the government with no wall funding, what Venezuelans think about the on-going coup, plus your calls and IMs!

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It's a Michael Thursday. Journalist Brian Mier of Brasil Wire joins us to discuss Bolsonaro's first month in office and his message to the global elites this week in Davos. Then author and journalist Eva Golinger joins us to break down Juan Guiado, Nicolas Maduro, and the prospect of US intervention in Venezuela.

On today's show: DSA Chris Cuomo argues against Venezuela sanctions and intervention.

Journalist Brian Mier of Brasil Wire joins us to discuss Jair Bolsonaro's right-wing coup against Lula in Brazil. How Brazil's discovery of petroleum reserves got the NSA interested in spying on Lula's government and helping to root out "corruption." The shady connections between US agencies, Bolsonaro, organized crime, and the right-wing militia suspected of assassinating Marielle Franco, who was investigating the military police at the time. Parallels with the coup in Venezuela and a warning against taking the words of white, middle class ex-pats at face value.

Author, lawyer and journalist Eva Golinger (@evagolinger) joins us to discuss the coup against Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro. Golinger contextualizes this as-yet unfinished coup with the 2002 coup against democratically elected president Hugo Chavez, which the US abandoned when it became clear that it was going to fail due to widespread support for Chavez. Golinger breaks down what's different this time around, and what stance the US left should have toward this complex, developing situation.

On the fun half: How should the left approach the candidacy of Kamala Harris? Tulsi Gabbard spews pablum on working towards a two-state solution in Israel. Hannity says AOC's taxing the rich and social programs will turn us into Venezuela hell hole. Warren proposes wealth tax on those with more than $50 million. Maria Bartiromo fearmongers about taxes at Davos. Tony Blair says Anand's take on Davos as bad is "the easiest line in the world." Fake friend Tony Blair poses with fascist PM of Italy, has lunch with Bolsonaro at Davos. Ro Khanna tweets his position against Venezuelan intervention, gets re-tweeted by AOC and Ilhan Omar. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Tressie McMillan Cottom (@tressiemcphd), assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of 'Thick: And Other Essays' and 'Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy,' joins us.

On today's show: Lara Trump to federal workers not getting paid: "This is so much bigger than any one person."

Tressie McMillan Cottom (@tressiemcphd), assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University, joins us to discuss her book, 'Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy.' With the rise of neoliberalism came the "education gospel," which claimed workers could, and should, raise their wages by getting four-year college degrees at their own expense. While it did not turn out to be true, this myth fed a boom in for-profit colleges. Through her interviews with students, employees, executives and activists, McMillan Cottom paints a full picture of these predatory institutions, which disproportionately impact working class women of color.

On the fun half: AOC explains top marginal tax rates to Stephen Colbert. AOC tells Ta-Nehisi Coates that billionaires are immoral. Disingenuous tweet from conservative writer says that AOC claims that algorithms, which are driven by math, are racist. Ben Stein compares Ocasio-Cortez to Stalin, Hitler, Mao. Pod bro Jon Favreau asks Gillibrand if she'd abolish the filibuster for M4A or GND. Rev. William Barber calls out TN Governor Bill Lee to his face: "You can't say you love Dr. King and not support his agenda." Joe Rogan and Bari Weiss talk about how the radical left and right cause extreme backlash in people. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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On today's show: Former assistant director of FBI admits deep state used to keep progressives and "socialists" out of office. MAGA teens from Covington Catholic harass and mock Native American veteran Nathan Phillips at DC rally. Phillips explains what happened. Additional footage shows the teens harassed group of women as well. Tulsi Gabbard plays the "both sides" game on the shutdown. Poll finds support for the wall correlates with regressive attitudes towards race, feminism. Household gun ownership is biggest predictor of teen suicide.

On the fun half: Kyle Kashuv tweets about Charlie Kirk not getting medical attention in LA. Here's Charlie Kirk's tweet from 2017 saying healthcare is not a right. Trump says Pence is acting like MLK in demanding border wall. HBomber Guy raises $340k for trans youth by playing Donkey Kong on Twitch stream. Tentative deal reached in UTLA strike. Cory Booker celebrates charter schools in NoLa. Cole James Cash on Kamala Harris' horrendous record as a prosecutor. Aaron Sorkin's advice to progressive Dems: "Stop acting like young people." Jerome Corsi likens being questioned by Mueller's team to Christ's interrogation by Pontius Pilate.

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

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

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

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Digby (@digby56) and David Feldman (@David_Feldman) join us.

On today's show: Heather "Digby" Parton (@digby56) of Salon.com joins us to break down the latest news out of Washington. Amy Klobuchar questioned William Barr about obstruction of justice Tuesday; did she know what was coming down the pike? Buzzfeed scoop: Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Moscow Tower project. Will this kick off impeachment proceedings and how will the Democratic Party handle it? The influence of left-leaning freshman Dems.

Comedian David Feldman (@David_Feldman) joins us to roll out the new "beta" version of himself, who happens to bear a striking resemblance to our favorite dum dum left Youtuber. Also: happy 20th anniversary to The Sopranos! Here's Sil on the picket lines with UTLA.

On the fun half: Dave Rubin wouldn't read a question about the Majority Report, so our talented viewers took the footage and ran with it. Rush Limbaugh bosses Trump around, tells him to "hang in there." Brian Kilmeade is pissed that Democrats are proposing a living wage. Attorney General nominee William Barr doesn't reject the possibility of jailing journalists. Fox News correspondent in Guatemala harasses refugees, re-stokes fears about the caravan. Anand Ghirihadiras says every age of inequality has its own bullshit and social mobility in the US is a terrible lie. Anand also says Davos is a "family reunion of world ruiners," because it is. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Today on a Michael Thursday Libby Watson joins the show to discuss the latest on Brexit and how the shutdown is effecting life in DC. We're live at 12:00 PM EST. Libby joins Michael to discuss the latest on Brexit and where we go from the recently narrowly defeated no-confidence vote. The Tories and Liberal Democrats are terrified of new general elections and particularly one where the Labour party is led by the Absolute Boy, Jeremy Corbin. At the same time, the EU does not appear to be budging on its Brexit deal. A no-deal Brexit is becoming a more likely reality with each passage day. Libby explains the role of UKIP in Brexit and Nigel Farage, whose party has no power in parliament but is constantly on television to explain Brexit to viewers. And with all the attention on Teresa May's role and failures in Brexit, David Cameron--who held the Brexit referendum--has really walked out of frame without much attention. Michael and Libby end their conversation talking about the New York Times' failures to call racism out when they see it, the White House staff and its revolving door with K Street.

In the Fun Half: A new listener-made Steven Crowder challenge video, how MR got one listener off Sam Harris, why we need a global-left solidarity with the Rojava Kurds, Raygun shares the story of his client who is a mother of six who is in the process of being deported by ICE, Steny Hoyer needs his retirement gold watch, The View's two fail-daughters say the 42% of Americans who want the wall are not racist, Tucker Carlson explains why the Green New Deal is a Russian psy-op, plus your calls and IMs!

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Today's Majority Report is the live show from this Sunday's Brooklyn PodFest at the Bell House. Watch as the crew breaks down the week's news, Sam makes some big campaign announcements, and special guest H. Jon Benjamin shows off a new look which reminds us of a certain infamous Trump official.  Sam also previews his 30-minute call with an "IRS agent," plus the new anti-MR viral video sweeping the internet, the grassroots online campaign #GottaJump. We're back tomorrow, live with a Michael Thursday!

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On today's show: Trump describes the meal he's paying for and hosting at White House for Clemson: "Great American food!" AG nominee William Barr gives opening statement at confirmation hearing. Republicans finally censure Steve King for his overt racism. Chuck Grassley endorses King in 2018 race. Jonathan Chait accuses Warren of "selling out" to "powerful interests" because she sided with teachers against charter schools.

On the fun half: Aerial footage from first day of LA teachers strike. Rand Paul travels to Canada for surgery. Rand Paul compares socialized healthcare to slavery in 2011. Should we treat centrist Democrats any differently than we treat Ana Navarro? Chuds angered by Gillette's ads themed around #metoo, toxic masculinity. Trump compares the wall to the Louisiana purchase. Trump updates farmers on his wall demands, breaking new ground in sentence structure. Tulsi Gabbard says some forms of torture are necessary.

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Historian Jack Kelly, author of The Edge of Anarchy: The Railroad Barons, the Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America, joins us.

Trump says he has no problem releasing his conversation with Putin in long, defensive monologue to Jeanine Pirro.

Labor historian Jack Kelly joins us to discuss his new book, The Edge of Anarchy: The Railroad Barons, the Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America. In this book, Kelly looks back on the labor movement of the late 1800s, a time when the country was in recession and unions had yet to gain a foothold. Bezos-like robber baron George Pullman wielded the full power of the state against striking railway workers, but a labor movement led in part by socialist Eugene Debs fought bravely to win concessions that lasted decades. What lessons can we take from this time as we live through a new Gilded Age?

On the fun half: GOP leader Kevin McCarthy says Steve King "will be dealt with," provides no details as to how. The difference in news coverage of Rashida Tlaib  saying a swear vs. Steve King's white nationalism. Trump continues his unhinged rant re: Putin convo cover-up, attempts to pivot to the economy. Elizabeth Warren's foreign policy shortcomings. Ainsley Earhardt lies about AOC's proposal for 70% top marginal tax rate. John "torture memo" Yoo says the president can legally build the wall. Footage of LA teachers striking. Lin-Manuel Miranda's complicity with disaster capitalism in Puerto Rico. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EDT

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon ) and Film Guy Matthew Weiss join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Heartland Institute researcher says Green New Deal is "nothing more than a socialist Trojan horse."

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon ) of The North Star joins us to break down the least news from Washington: The government shutdown, progressive Dems vs. centrist Dems, top marginal tax rates, Elizabeth Warren, and Trump's wall.

Film Guy Matthew (@langdonboom) joins us to discuss life in Florida and recommend some films: Scarecrow featuring Al Pacino, The Friends of Eddie Coyle featuring Robert Mitchum, James Baldwin doc I Am Not Your Negro, and The Intruder featuring William Shatner. Sam tries his hand at being a film guy and recommends Force Majeure.

On the fun half: Atlanta TSA protests shutdown. Lou Dobbs says GOP needs to "sweep aside recalcitrant left." Mo Brooks doesn't think climate change is worthy of a national emergency. Steve "white supremacist" King's most recent appearances on Tucker Carlson. Studio audience member on BBC talk show asks: "Can we stop feeling sorry for Teresa May?" Kamala Harris stakes out her "hope and fight" position on Stephen Colbert. Nancy Pelosi told Chuck Todd she would love to have single-payer if it were possible, but it's not. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Joining correspondent Michael Brooks on today's program is Steven A. Cook (@stevenacook), the Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss the status of America's Syria withdrawal and how Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and John Bolton's cancelled meeting can help explain where the US Turkish relationship stands.

The Trump administration's foreign policy agenda hardly seems to have any guiding vision at all--it looks more like bad improv that could bring mass suffering.  The basic premise of withdrawing from Syria is a positive one for US forces, but is it primarily a move to placate Turkey after the Khashoggi murder fallout? Cook explains how Trump and Erdogan discussed a withdrawal from Syria for over a month. According to Cook, Trump did not know that YPG, the Kurdish allies fighting alongside US forces in Syria, was considered a "terrorist organization" by Turkey and Erdogan. Trump then saw an opportunity to satisfy the wishes of Turkey and his base by pulling out of Syria. Looming over this development is the status of ISIS. Cook breaks down the history of Turkey's conflict between Syrian Kurds, ISIS, and explains and why American forces did and didn't intervene.

If any of this confuses you, we got you covered. Cook helps explains the difference between the PKK (Kurdistan) and YPG (Syrian Kurds) and their respective actions in their fight for autonomy in Turkey and Syria. The PKK helped set up the YPG, there is a linkage between the two, there are fighters working for both outfits which is a result of the nature of the conflict in Syria. Brooks explains that PKK have indeed employed violent tactics in order to establish their commendable social democratic ends--tactics not dissimilar from those used by the IRA in Northern Ireland.  American foreign policy experts are now considering whether or not to consider these Kurdish fighters are a terrorist organization. The Turks are pushing experts in Washington to lump Kurds into the same category of threat as ISIS and Al Qaeda.

Trump waffling on the US forces departure makes the Syrian conflict more complex. However, it also signals open season for bad actors in the region. For context, after Trump's announcement Saudi Arabia rewrote its defense doctrine, allowing its armed forces to continue its bombing campaign in Yemen. Further, Turkey calling the Kurds terrorists shows that once US troops are out of Syria there will like be a direct conflict between Turkey and the Kurds.

If that was not enough Middle Eastern policy for you, Brooks and Cook serve up a quick rundown of el-Sisi's Egypt after Sec. of State Mike Pompeo delivered a proverbial green light speech to the dictator's leadership today.

And in the Fun Half: Trump knows his "absolute right" to declare a national emergency for the wall, Pelosi slams Trump's inherited wealth after he left negotiations with Democratic leadership, Trump's cartel car came after watching "Fast & Furious 4," Mike Pence defends the president's temper tantrum "he brought candy!" Anna Pressley stands in solidarity with furloughed federal workers, Mike Pompeo's American empire doesn't meet its own imperialist standards, Kamala Harris defended the idea of AOC's proposals on the View, a "rational republican?" How the Overton window has moved on billionaires, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 1-10-19-Steven_Cook-Pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:53pm EDT

Kris C. Miler, author of Poor Representation: Congress and the Politics of Poverty in the United States, joins us.

On today's show: Los Angeles teachers prepare to go on strike. AOC talks about the moral crisis at the border.

Kris C. Miler, professor of political science at the University of Maryland, joins us to discuss her new book, Poor Representation: Congress and the Politics of Poverty in the United States. In this book, Miler examines why the interests of the poor are so seldom represented in US Congress, even by representatives from poorer districts. Examining the poor as a distinct constituency, she outlines various aspects of the problem and lays out some ideas for how to get more and better programs targeted at the poor.

On the fun half: Dave Rubin says all walls are moral. Bernie responds to Trump's speech, says the real crisis is lack of healthcare coverage, student debt, seniors living in poverty. Shep Smith and Chris Wallace fact check Trump's speech on Fox News. Ainsley Earhardt tells Fox viewers "you're paying $80,000 in taxes for one illegal," lists killings and rapes committed by immigrants. Boris Epshteyn concern trolls about how Jewish constituents of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi might feel about them not supporting anti-BDS bill. Mayor Bill DeBlasio introduces public healthcare option for all NYC residents. Dem chairman requests CBO report on single-payer healthcare. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:35pm EDT

Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) of Think Progress joins us to discuss his latest piece, Supreme Court Will Hear Two Challenges to Partisan Gerrymandering.

On today's show: Steve Rattner on Morning Joe says Dems can't have an anti-capitalist like Warren in the general election. Photos of a line around the block to see Warren in Iowa.

Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) of Think Progress joins us to discuss his latest piece, Supreme Court Will Hear Two Challenges to Partisan Gerrymandering. The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it will hear challenges to partisan gerrymandering in two states: MD and NC. Millhiser gives some background on these cases and explains why, in his opinion, they will not end well for the Democrats. Plus, a breakdown of the legal issues involved with Trump's use of "national emergency" to build the wall.

Andy Samberg calls out the FBI's assassination of the original Black Panthers during Golden Globes bit about the movie Black Panther.

On the fun half: For-profit college, prison stocks shot up when Trump was elected. Chris Wallace tells Sarah Huckabee her 4,000-terrorists-apprehended-at-border figure is wrong. Brian Kilmeade claims children of refugees who "don't speak any English" are flooding schools. Border patrol union president says official terrorist-at-border numbers are secret because of 9/11. MSNBC reporters explain the conservative media's wall narrative. Rush Limbaugh calls AOC "some young uppity." Whoopi Goldberg scolds AOC: you have to do something before you "start pooping on people." Bishop William Barber says Romney's op-ed has no moral integrity, reminds viewers Jesus said to judge people on their actions, not their words. Is AOC anything like Sarah Palin? Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Good morning on today's show, Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) and Julian E. Zelizer (@julianzelizer), co-authors of Fault Lines A History of the United States Since 1974.

Professors Kruse and Zelizer from Princeton University's History Department join the Majority Report to discuss their latest book, Fault Lines A History of the United States Since 1974. Kruse and Zelizer start our contemporary political moment at Nixon's resignation, and draw out the areas in which our understanding of America shifts from the New Deal union, manufacturing-based economy to one of free enterprise and laissez-faire economics. Beyond economic changes of the 70s and 80s, there was a growing distrust of the federal government. Zelizer describes how the normalization of government shutdowns which have become a standard part of policy battles in Washington has had a negative impact on our discourse.

These fault lines extend to social issues as well, particularly gender and sexuality. Kruse explains how the growth of feminism and the reaction to it, the "family values" & "moral majority" movement, covered a huge swath of social issues that are still debated today--driving Americans further into their selected voting camps. Amidst all these fault lines is the news media. Zelizer explains how Fox News and conservative media in particular have reshaped and fractured the media landscape. The repeal of the Fairness Doctrine in 1987 is the pivotal moment in policy which allowed right wing talk radio and Fox to gain a stranglehold on the conservative narrative. An overlooked by-product of the Fairness Doctrine is the dramatization of the news, according to Kruse the news media has turned from a dour and even-keeled information enterprise to a freewheeling, pro-wrestling, high-stakes drama designed to keep viewers hooked on its 24-hour news cycle. Finally, Zelizer and Kruse push back against the false equivalency that "both sides" created these fault lines, especially in the media narrative--most of these issues were driven to further extremes by conservative activists and political actors. Sam ends the interview asking Kruse and Zelizer if they think the GOP has been anything other than party of white grievance politics--their answers will surprise you (maybe)!

And in the Fun Half: CNN is "fair and balanced," Anderson Cooper is incredulous when he learns Trump might be a racist, the Gateway pundit has put the final nail in AOC (Sandy's) coffin, Stuart Varney is enraged by the idea of marginal tax rate, Tulsi Gabbard's uncomfortable ties to Modi and the Hindu nationalist organizations, the uncomfortable reality of an uninformed electorate, Dave Rubin stands up for Jair Bolsonaro, Christian Bale thanks Satan for inspiring his performance as Dick Chaney, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 1-7-19-Kevin_Kruse-Julian_Zelizer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:13pm EDT

On today's show: Right-wing nut job tries to smear AOC with wholesome dancing video. Pelosi says the wall is a barrier between Trump's base and reality. Pelosi says Democrats will deliver for the middle class. DC circuit court rules in favor of NLRB. John from San Antonio defends the accuracy of longterm polling. First Native American Congresswomen embrace before being sworn in. Rashida Tlaib on Donald Trump: we will "impeach the motherfucker." Adam Schiff doesn't want to restore norms. AOC explains Green New Deal to an incredulous Anderson Cooper. Ana Navarro explains never-Trump stance: "I'll vote for a potted plant in 2020, but not Elizabeth Warren." Krysten Sinema sworn in by very uncomfortable Mike Pence. Plus, lots of your calls and IMs!

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The Washington Post's Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) joins us to discuss his new book, An Uncivil War: Taking Back Our Democracy in an Age of Trumpian Disinformation and Thunderdome Politics.

On today's show: Trump recounts meetings with generals "better looking than Tom Cruise" and "the biggest computer boards." Trump defends Soviet invasion of Afghanistan for some reason.

The Washington Post's Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) joins us to discuss his new book, An Uncivil War: Taking Back Our Democracy in an Age of Trumpian Disinformation and Thunderdome Politics. In this book, Sargent traces the origins of the political crisis spotlighted, but by no means started, by Trump. An unhealthy media climate, asymmetrical political tactics from Democrats vs. Republicans, and foreign government interventions all contribute to an environment of confusion, disinformation and low voter turnout...and Democrats share some of the blame. How do we come back from this state of affairs? Sargent has ideas.

On the fun half: MSNBC describes Romney and Sasse as "new generation of mavericks." Ezra Klein taken in by Mitt Romney's op-ed. Matt Whitaker fawns over Trump, thanks him for not going to Mar-a-Lago, says Dems need to compromise. Nikki Haley tweets that Bolsonaro will be a force for good in the world. Ainsley Earhardt says Americans are worried about being murdered by illegal aliens. Jordan Peterson explains the perils of sex for men to Charlie Kirk and Don Jr. The wonders of the Dave Rubin subreddit. John McAfee has strange things to say about whales. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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The MR crew is back with a news roundup!

On today's show: Ro Khanna explains the problem with Dems endorsing PAYGO. Call your House Rep at 202-255-3121 and tell them deficit spending is fine! Elizabeth Warren announces presidential campaign. How would she fare against Trump? Outgoing Democratic senator Joe Donnelly warns his party: When you talk "Medicare-for-all," you "start losing the people in my state."

On the fun half: Terry McAuliffe says free college isn't good because rich people would get it too, but Medicare-for-all "or whatever you want to call it" needs to happen. Flashback: Hillary Clinton uses the same attack on free college. Pompeo says Brazil and US will work to bring "democracy" back to Venezuela. Mike from PA provides perspective on Warren's strengths and weaknesses. Candace Owens claims Trump's popular with the youth generation because he's "punk rock." Louie CK's terrible stand up on kids today, gender pronouns. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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November 24, 2017

Today, historian William Hogeland joins us to discuss his book “Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion That Opened the West.”

July 24 Conservative Editor Weirded Out After Being Inspired By AOC's Socialism In Person
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Oct 3 Steven Crowder Owned By His Alexa
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One Year Ago, Mike Cernovich FREAKED On Sam And Made A Total Ass of Himself
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Direct download: Tuesday_Jan_1_William_Hogeland.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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June 22 Dave Rubin Foolishly Tells Oxford 'Structural Racism' is Imaginary
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June 23 Libertarianism May Never Recover From Dave Rubin's Epic Stupidity
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June 30 FDR Calls The Show To Cheer Us All Up
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August 30, 2018

Emily Ogden talks to us about her book ‘Credulity: A Cultural History of US Mesmerism.’ Franz Mesmer’s animal magnetism as a “scientific” kind 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?

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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?

June 1 How A Comedian Was Targeted By Feds For Joking About ICE
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June 15 Dave Rubin's Nonsense Brings Joe Rogan's Show To A Screeching Halt
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June 26, 2018

Dr. Henry Giroux, writer, cultural critic, and professor at McMaster University joins us to discuss his latest book, American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism, a collection of essays that reckons with the swell of white-supremacy, anti-immigrant policy, and everyday-racism that has taken hold and prospered in our highest offices and permeated our mass culture.

Giroux questions what it would take for Americans to stand up to such injustices and what we’re willing to give up before our democracy is rendered unrecognizable. Giroux details how fascism grows incrementally, with people living their daily lives until their basic liberties are taken away. If violence becomes the only resolution to our set of social problems, our neoliberal political landscape becomes inoperable. Our political language is more codified than ever, it’s a language that maintains power for political elites in Washington (hence Trump).

Power is not just about domination, it’s about resistance. Operating at the local level is the beginning of political education. Bobby DeNiro calling Trump a jerk does nothing to change our politics. Younger generations have lived the consequences of Ronald Reagan’s conservatism and their ability to communicate via social media has given hope to an alternative to neoliberalism. The younger generations are offering community spaces and opportunities as tonics to endless capitalism and profit-making. Reforms are limited, but in the most immediate sense, they can save peoples’ lives.

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April 11 Sam Harris Lights Career On Fire In Ezra Klein Debate
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May 3 Caller's Epic Laundry List Of Majority Report Thank Yous
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May 17 Alex Jones Hilariously Runs Away from His Own Insane Fan
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April 6, 2018

Julie Wilson is an Associate Professor of Communication Arts at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. She joins us today to discuss her new textbook, ‘Neoliberalism.’

What “neoliberalism” is and how it differs from classical liberalism. The role of the state in promoting neoliberalism via policy that privileges “free markets.” The different versions of neoliberalism advanced by Democrats and Republicans. The rise of neoliberalism in the late ’70s and early ’80s and how every president since Reagan has advanced it. The four D’s: dispossession, dis-imagination, de-democratization, and disposability. How social media and austerity train kids to think of themselves as market commodities who must compete with one other. How neoliberalism used the individualistic 1960s counter-culture for its own nefarious ends. How neoliberalism seeps into every aspect of our lives while simultaneously rendering itself invisible. The privatization of politics and what it means to be a neoliberal citizen. What we can do to resist neoliberalism in our everyday lives and become more communal and less alienated.

Jan 8 Republican Responds To Harassment Allegations In The WORST Way Possible
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Feb 8 Jordan Peterson's Countdown To Total Meltdown Begins On Fox and Friends
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March 6 Friend Of The Show Jordan Peterson Calls In
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Alex Pareene joins the show to reflect on 2018, a very normal year. Sam has a conspiracy theory on why Trump was able to get by for so long before this despite doing blatant crimes. Alex, Sam, Michael, and Matt all bet on whether Bernie will run.

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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), Judy Gold (@JewdyGold), Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) and Isabel Gillies (@isabelgillies) join us for the final Casual Friday of 2018!

On today's show: GoFundMe wall man says the wall is in our constitution. Benjamin P. Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), of Progressive Army and The North Star, joins us to discuss the latest news from Washington: Mattis resigns, Trump pulls out of Syria, and more. Stephen Miller goes full Stormfront (w/o spray hair), asks "how many people have to die?" before we build the wall. Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) joins us to wish this year good riddance. Trump explains why he needs wall funding in the spending budget: we'll be overrun by literal coyotes.

Film Guy Matthew (@langdonboom) and Isabel Gillies (@isabelgillies) join us to give us some movie recommendations for the break, including: Roma, Ozark, and Amour. The crew also recommends Thomas Sunkara documentary Land of Upright Men, Narcos, Escape at Dannemora, and late capitalist masterpiece Spring Breakers.

On the fun half: David Cicilline criticizes Kirstjen Nielsen for not knowing how many children have been separated at the border. Ted Lieu explains that immigrants commit less crime than native-born Americans. Louie Gohmert defends family separation, says it's what Mueller is doing to Manafort. Brian Kilmeade says Trump is "refounding ISIS." Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Joining Michael Brooks on today's program is Kelly Weill from the Daily Beast to discuss her latest deep dive into the alt-right, "How YouTube Built a Radicalization Machine for the Far-Right." While YouTube's algorithm can be a great tool to learn how to hang shelves or paint a wall properly, it can also radicalize gamer teens and draw them into far-right ideas before they even know it. And there's no way out of YouTube's algorithm--there is no opt-out. Weill's reporting delves into the company's business model and explains how the far right online community perpetuates and builds up an echo-chamber via the YouTube algorithm. Some of the subjects interviewed were teens when they began watching Call of Duty videos which led to atheism video and eventually from there to race science and ethno-nationalist content. Weill posits that YouTube's problem is not primarily its content, but rather how its algorithm promotes content--the most radical videos will keep you watching, and that's all the algorithm objective, to keep you online.

Michael and Kelly then open up the conversation to regulating the digital media and social media spaces. How do we effectively regulate these monopolies? Nationalize them? Break them up? Government oversight? Finally, Michael and Kelly contemplate how platforms like YouTube have brought back certain questions that some time ago were exorcized from society. How do we draw the line between disengaging from these questions so as to not lend them credence while making sure that the vulnerable do not fall into the traps created by those with hateful ideologies?

And in the Fun Half: forecasting the inevitable 2019 UK general election, Brian Kilmeade: Middle East Foreign Policy Expert, the Texas English curriculum, the challenges of deplatforming and the first amendment, Paul Ryan says Trump is rejecting the Senate's short term spending bill, an update on Lula's imprisonment, Steven Pinker loves the Niskanen centrist plan of action, Elon Musk's Boring Loop lives up to its name, Jordan Peterson cried after eating his cousin in a dream, plus your lovely calls and IMs!

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On today's show: Sam teases his debate with Brandon Straka of #WalkAway. Sarah Huckabee Sanders says we'll build the wall by taking funds from other departments. Fox and Friends guest Michael Goodwin suggests Trump voters crowdfund the wall. Jared Kushner gets behind federal prison reform because his dad is in federal prison. Ex-Republican explains why he walked away from the racist GOP. Elizabeth Warren introduces proposal to have the government make prescription drugs.

On the fun half: Simone Sanders explains how the "crisis at the border" is right wing talking point. John from San Antonio shares a personal experience with the US healthcare system. The connection between the criminalization of migration, NAFTA, and declining wages. Mother Jones EIC Clara Jeffery spreads lies to undermine Bernie. Tucker Carlson defends his show as advertisers flee; should anyone on the left care about "slippery slope" arguments re: speech? Mollie Hemingway says there was no collusion in Russia because Trump has no business there...now here's CNN's Chris Cuomo with a copy of a Moscow Tower letter of intent with Trump's signature. Judge Jeanine praises Flynn's judge. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Journalist and author Rebecca Traister (@rtraister) joins us to discuss her latest book, 'Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger.'

In this book, Traister traces the influence of female anger throughout US history. From the early suffragettes who marched on the White House, to the Lowell mill girls who contributed greatly to the US labor movement, to the #metoo movement and the Women's March, Traister traces how woman's anger has made a positive impact on US politics and society, despite being dismissed and delegitimized by a patriarchal culture.

On the fun half: A roundtable discussion of de-platforming as a tool to fight fascism. Dave Rubin interviews self-hating Imam Mohammad Tawhidi. Joe Biden says billionaires aren't all bad guys...they're just as patriotic as the working class. Should Angela Nagle be shunned by the left for her terrible immigration take? Anand Giriharadas calls out EY for sponsoring Saudi Davos in the desert after Khashoggi killing. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Andrew Delbanco, professor of American Studies at Columbia University, joins us to discuss his book, The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul From the Revolution to the Civil War.

On today's show: Giuliani has many gaffes...and here's a compilation of them! Judge Napolitano says Flynn was trapped, not entrapped.

Andrew Delbanco, professor of American Studies at Columbia University, joins us to discuss his book, The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul From the Revolution to the Civil War. In this book, Delbanco tracks how fugitive slaves forced the northern states to recognize their role in the brutal institution of slavery. From the writing of the constitution onward, federal statutes contained many compromises and omissions where slavery was concerned. With the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850, the north was forced to play a more active role in keeping people in chains, ultimately catalyzing wider opposition to slavery and hastening the dissolution of the union.

On the fun half: Outgoing WI governor Scott Walker uses a nonsensical Venn diagram to justify the GOP's power grab. Stephen Miller says the ACA is unconstitutional...but not as unconstitutional as his goofy, spray-on hair. "Big, big victory": Trump reacts to judge ruling ACA unconstitutional. Amy Klobuchar explains why the GOP ACA lawsuit is bad for Americans, still won't come out in favor of Medicare-for-all. Stephen Miller says Trump would be happy to shut down the government for border wall, falsely invokes "the working class." TX elementary school speech pathologist fired for refusing to sign pro-Israel oath. NYC city council member asks Amazon reps why they need $3 billion tax incentive, helipad. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Digby (@digby56) and Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler ) join us.

Bernie Sanders announces Yemen resolution, War Powers Act used for the first time.

Heather "Digby" Parton (@digby56) joins us to break down the latest news from Washington. Kirstjen Nielsen blames migrants for 7-year-old's death. Will this be impetus for change? Michael Cohen sentenced to three years in prison. Judge Napolitano debunks all of Fox and Friends' Trump defenses. Andy Kindler (@andykindler) joins us for a classic Dennis Miller mock-a-thon.

On the fun half: John Solomon claims someone threw a taco at him on his way to Fox Business studio. Cohen says history will look fondly upon him to "bring this country together." Michael Cohen says he must now be the hero: "this task has fallen on me." Toobin blasts Rick Santorum for hypocrisy of defending immoral Donald Trump. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Joining the Majority Report's Michael Brooks today to discuss MBS, Trump, and US-Turkey relations is Steven A. Cook,  a senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Cook and Brooks look into how the Khashoggi murder has led to a large outpouring of moral outrage in DC and it has mobilized action against the Saudis actions in Yemen. But where was that outrage against the Saudis in 2015 when the war in Yemen began? Cook explains how the Houthis and Saudis have been opponents since the 1930s.

Cook and Brooks then break down the US history and involvement in the Arabian peninsula and how the infamous underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, brought the Saudis war in Yemen to Obama's attention--precipitating American involvement in the Saudis' war. Cook also recounts his 2018 trip to Saudi Arabia and what Saudis thought about MBS, his plans for reform, and the war effort in Yemen prior to the Khashoggi killing. Cook was surprised to find out after the Khashoggi killing that Saudis saw criticism of MBS as typical behavior from the US media and an unfair treatment of their heir apparent. In his latest Foreign Policy piece, "Mohammed bin Salman Is Worse Than a Criminal. He’s a Symbol," Cook looks to explain to Saudis why Americans were outraged by the Khashoggi murder. According to Cook, MBS is stunned by the reaction to Khashoggi. Cook believes this might be the case because MBS and his leaders are closest advisors were not educated by leading western institutions like his predecessors and peers. Ideally, the Khashoggi murder should be a moment to shine a light on larger atrocities perpetrated by the Saudis, instead of a new low in what crimes America allows the Saudis to commit. Cook and Brooks wrap the interview looking forward to what's next in the Mueller probe as the investigation begins to explore the connections between Middle Eastern political operatives from the Saudis to the Emiratis and the Israelis.

And in the Fun Half: Meek Mill's new album is a banger, Iran's human rights record is not the issue with Khashoggi, Trump the Speed Freak, how far the Mueller investigation will go, why Neera Tanden and Center for American Progress is giving Charles Murray's think tank (American Enterprise Institute) thousands of dollars, Elon on the verge of tears talking about freedom of speech, Jamie Dimon doesn't give a shit about you or your economy, corporate astroturf campaigns to kill Medicare for All, an update on Nigerian elections, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-13-18-Steven_Cook-pub.mp3
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Sam debates libertarian politics with activist and presidential candidate Adam Kobkesh (@adamkokesh). 

On today's show: Trump says refugees and asylum seekers are bringing disease and illness...Trump wants legal immigraton (while shutting down all legal avenues). Claire McCaskill says Schumer is a great Senate minority leader because he lets members vote however they need to.

Libertarian Adam Kokesh (@adamkokesh), of FreedomLine.com, joins us for a spirited exchange of ideas. Topics covered include: What do libertarians believe? What's their problem with the state's monopoly on violence? How do they propose to set up society in the absence of a centralized state authority? What does Sam find problematic about their political program?

On the fun half: Ann Coulter says the Democratic Party is united by "hating white men." Michael Cohen is going to jail! Here's a CNN montage of GOP officials shrugging off Trump campaign finance crimes. Rep. Steve King asks Google CEO Sundar Pichai for names of employees to see if they're liberals, demands to know why his granddaughter's iPhone shows negative ads about him. NBC rehabs Nikki Haley, lets her explain how she was effective under Trump. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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New York Magazine's Eric Levitiz (@EricLevitz) joins us to discuss his latest piece, 'The GOP Is Making Its Contempt for Democracy Clear. Will the Mainstream Media?'

On today's show: Sam takes apart Ezra Klein's mea culpa for being hoodwinked by Paul Ryan. Why did Klein take Ryan's "fiscal responsibility" seriously when others, like Paul Krugman, saw through it?

Eric Levitz joins us to discuss his latest piece for New York Magazine, The GOP Is Making Its Contempt for Democracy Clear. Will the Mainstream Media? In this piece, Levitz explores how the media downplays GOP extremism, pointing the finger at news outlets that took the North Carolina GOP at its word when it asserted its efforts to disenfranchise voters were aimed at "fighting voter fraud." Given that one party is openly opposed to liberal democracy, Levitz argues, it's crucial for "objective" news sources to investigate their claims, rather than give them a neutral platform to spew extremist lies.

Sam accepts Brandon Straka (of #WalkAway)'s challenge to go on his show and debate him.

On the fun half: Dan Bongino fired from NRA TV; we recap his beef with Vic Berger. Trump threatens to shut down the government over the wall. (DO IT, says Jamie.) Jared Kushner says the White House has moved on from Khasshogi murder. In Brexit news, EU commission says they will not reintegrate; meanwhile, Teresa May hides in a car. The Mooch says he doesn't believe QAnon, then says sometimes Q is right. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-11-18-Eric_Levitz-pub.mp3
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Bernard E. Harcourt (@BernardHarcourt), the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of  Law and Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, joins us to discuss his new book, 'The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens.'

On today's show: Gavin McInnes loses his CRTV show, is now unemployed. Fox and Friends say Trump can't fill vacancies because DC is expensive and government officials are underpaid.

Bernard E. Harcourt (@BernardHarcourt), the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of  Law and Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, joins us to discuss his new book, 'The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens.' In this book, Harcourt traces the origins of our current militarized police state back to counter-insurgency methods used by colonial powers like France against Maoist insurrections like the Algerian Revolution. These include torture, "total information," and the idea that an occupying force must win the "hearts and minds" of a country's civilian population. After 9/11, the US military adopted these tactics and used them domestically as well as abroad.

On the fun half: Protesters interrupt "clean fossil fuels" panel at Poland Climate Summit. Fox News says there's no smoking gun after James Comey testimony...Trump tweets "no smocking gun" a few minutes later. Chuck Todd asks Tony Evers if he's reached out to Scott Walker and tried to negotiate with him. Drunk Columbia student cries over the accomplishments of the West in racist tirade. Rhode Island school system using collection agency to collect lunch debts. A libertarian argues with Sam about school lunches. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Journalist David Dayen (@ddayen) joins us in studio.

On today's show: Rex Tillerson uses rare public appearance to say Trump doesn't read.

David Dayen (@ddayen) joins us to discuss the latest news from Washington, including: How the Trump White House is working to dismantle the CFPB, most recently via the appointment of Kathy Kraninger. How the White House's postal report gestures toward privatization. Postal banking: what is it? Shake up in the House: AOC and Barbara Lee could gain influential committee appointments; these battles as proxy for larger fights within the party. Is David part of the cabal trying to torpedo Beto 2020? Chris Matthews panel explains why progressive left needs to get in line behind Beto. Chris Hayes asks NC Republican Party executive director why GOP did not recognize rampant fraud.

On the fun half: What purpose does social conservatism serve for the right and are socially progressive movements always going to undermine capitalism? American ambassador to Canada believes "both sides" on climate change. Medhi Hassan says it's weird how US press treats its elected officials. Trump on White House lawn announces plans to appoint Heather Nauert & Bill Bar. Plus, your phone calls!

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Daniel Bessner, professor at Washington University's Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and author of Democracy in Exile, joins Michael Brooks to explains his vision of an authentically left-progressive foreign policy. Bessner and Brooks begin by explaining what happened at senator Bernie Sanders' Sanders Institute’s inaugural conference, where thought leaders like Fernando Haddad, Yanis Varofakis and Sanders laid out plans for an international coalition as a counterbalance to our highly nationalistic political moment. A big concern for Brooks is the axis of far-right governments taking power in the Caribbean and South America and their cozy relationship with our current leaders, specifically John Bolton. How would a left foreign policy reorient these relationships that are so grounded in imperialism and resource extraction? Progressive voices in America need to build coalitions and show solidarity with the working-class people and left politicians in countries like Brazil, and use our position in the world to enable it--while still being aware of the nature of an imperialist history.  According to Bessner, investing in alternative energies in America would transform our policy in the Middle East. It would allow America to be less beholden to the Saudi family and allow the US to promote democratic and human rights values in Israel, Palestine, and beyond. An overarching theme Bessner wants progressives to remember is our own moral relativism throughout these foreign policy debates. In any scenario, we must be aware of our values and what we may be imposing on other people. And finally, Bessner and Brooks consider how changing a consumption-first mindset might underpin a robust left foreign policy.

And in the Fun Half: how fascism is American Made, TBT Mark Blyth explains democracy in Brazil under Lula, Louie Gohmert reads lines from the Elders of Zion, Dan Bingo Bongo can't stand a migrant themed [checks notes] nativity scene? Friend of the show Nomiki Konst plays Tucker Carlson's game and wins, Mark Collett--a white nationalist--is a big fan of Tucker Carlson, how Marc Lamont Hill's blacklisting fits in with other black internationalists, autonomy in Asia countries, plus your calls and IMs!

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Juan Cole  (@jricole), Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan and author of Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires, joins us.

On today's show: Trump takes motorcade less than .1 miles from White House to Bush family service.

Juan Cole  (@jricole), Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, joins us to discuss his new book, Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires. In this book, Professor Cole investigates the claim that Islam and its teachings are violent. Through detailed historical research, he tracks the life of the prophet Muhammad and the founding of Islam to show that Islam was very much founded around ideas of peace at an extremely violent time in history. For more of Professor Cole's writing, check out his blog at juancole.com.

On the fun half: A caller claims Beto is better than "liar" AOC. Lindsey Graham says "there's a smoking saw" after meeting with Gina Haspel re: Khashoggi murder. Laura Ingraham compares protesting confederate statues to ISIS tearing down antiquity cities. Tucker Carlson suggests the government wants immigrants to "replace" Americans, sets up immigration and welfare state as mutually exclusive. Giuliani believes someone hacked his Twitter feed. RNC hacked; Trump in July talking about DNC security problems: "an embarrassment." Lawyers discuss next steps in Epstein case after settlement. AOC on climate action and the need for a Green New Deal. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-05-18-Juan_Cole-pub.mp3
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Good morning everyone, on today's show Mother Jones writer Ari Berman (@AriBerman) joins us.

First, Joy Behar and Meghan McCain get into a shouting match after Joy suggest HW Bush was better on the environment than Trump.

Then, Ari Berman outline the desperate measure the GOP is using to hold on to their footholds in the Midwest and the South. How the media is unprepared for the nakedly anti-democratic nature of the GOP. The almost certainly criminal election fraud undertaken by North Carolina republicans, collecting and trashing absentee ballots of black voters. Why Republicans are just getting started in places like Ohio. Are democrats conscious of the severity of the GOP threat to democracy and do they have a plan to combat it?

On the fun half - Is the GOP's anti-democracy agenda to complex for people to follow? Sam Seder assesses his performance in the 2018 election and what it means for him vs. Virgil Texas in 2022. Wisconsin Republicans are anti-democratic criminals. Steve Scalise repeats lie about ten terrorists crossing the border every day. Trudeau calls Trump "Donald." Gorka calls Khashoggi a close friend of Bin Laden. Pamela Anderson has the last word on the Paris Riots. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-04-18-Ari_Berman-pub.mp3
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Independent journalist Marcy Wheeler (@emptywheel) joins us.

On today's show: MBS shakes Putin's hand at G-20 summit while Trump looks on jealously. Trump looks over at Peña Nieto and Trudeau before signing USMCA, says "let's go."

Marcy Wheeler (@emptywheel), of emptywheel.net, joins us to discuss the latest news on the Mueller investigation: The collapse of Paul Manafort's plea deal, Manafort's prison options (if he goes), the role of Michael Cohen, Jerome Corsi's cameo, the Guardian's flawed report on Manafort's link to Julian Assange, and what to look for going forward.

On the fun half: George HW Bush falls over vomiting at meal with Japanese PM Kiichi Miyazawa (RIP). Dan Bongino says most refugees are not asylum seekers, they're economic opportunists. Stuart Varney threatens the America left, says welfare state and dealing w/ climate change will only cause riots. Seth Moulton calls AOC's tweet in defense of Nancy Pelosi "offensive." Fox and Friends have on cop to talk about the dangers of reefer madness. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-02-18-Marcy_Wheeler-pub.mp3
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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon, co-founder of The North Star, and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom), join us.

On today's show: Sam sets a right winger straight re: his "suicide may be the only option" comments. Kid Rock says we can disagree and still be cordial but "screw that Joy Behar bitch."

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) joins us to discuss the latest news from Washington. Updates on the Mueller investigation: is Mueller setting a perjury trap for Trump? Joe Crowley undermined Barbara Lee's campaign for House Democratic caucus chair on his way out...sour grapes, much? And Chuck Schumer continues to be hopeless. Check out Ben's new project at https://buildingthenorthstar.com!

Film Guy Matthew (@langdomboom) joins us for some Casual Friday movie talk. The crew discusses Matt's master list of film picks, which can be found here. Can the crew still watch Woody Allen movies without feeling grossed out? Matt's pick for today: "Manlife," a documentary about a quasi-socialist movement that began in the Great Depression and eventually turned into a creepy religious cult. Take note, DSA.

On the fun half: Trump on Cohen's "Moscow Project" plea: "I was allowed to do whatever I wanted." Laura Loomer wears a Star of David, handcuffs herself to the NY Twitter office because she's being persecuted...for her racist tweets. Dave Rubin and Tucker Carlson say it's wrong for the left to claim Rudolph is about bigotry. Sam kicks off this year's War on Christmas with a clip from an old CNN appearance. Obama now wants credit for boom in US oil production: "That was me, people." Paul Ryan whines about "ballot harvesting" in midterms.

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Journalist Mike Mariani (@MikesMariani) joins us to discuss his latest piece in GQ, "The Would-Be Terrorist vs. the FBI."

On today's show: Trump says Michael Cohen is "a weak person" for taking another plea deal. Back in October: Eric Trump says Trump, Inc. had no business in Russia and KSA.

Journalist Mike Mariani (@MikesMariani) joins us to discuss his latest piece in GQ, "The Would-Be Terrorist vs. the FBI." In this piece, Mariani tells the story of Matthew Llaneza, a marginalized and mentally ill young man who was ensnared by an FBI anti-terror sting. After a stint in prison, Llaneza found work with a man who turned out to be an FBI informant. Over time, the informant ensnared him in a bizarre terror plot tailor-made to his particular psychology. Llaneza is just one of hundreds of people who've been targeted by FBI terror stings since 9/11. Mariani goes over the legal, media, and institutional reasons for this injustice.

On the fun half: Sinclair Media tries to distance itself from Boris Epshteyn's commentary on immigrants. Why isn't Mike Cernovich reporting on Jeffrey Epstein? Bolsonaro salutes John Bolton as he arrives in Brazil. Noam Chomsky on Bolsonaro and Lula. Bernie explains the next steps after Yemen procedural vote. Pompeo says there's no direct evidence of MBS's involvement in Khasshogi murder. Ivanka Trump on her wellness in Washington. Ben Shapiro does not understand economics or climate change. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Stephen Walt (@stephenWalt), Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School and author of The Hell of Good Intentions: America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy, joins us.

On today's show: Sam celebrates the one-year anniversary of Mike Cernovich's failed attempt to take him down.

Stephen Walt, Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, joins us to discuss his new book, The Hell of Good Intentions: America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy. In 1992, the Cold War was over and many anticipated the United States would preside over a new era of peace and prosperity. But that has not happened; in fact, quite the opposite. This failure, Walt argues, has been due to overzealousness on the part of bipartisan foreign policy elites to spread liberal values throughout the world and an unwillingness to hold people like John Bolton accountable for their mistakes.

On the fun half: Geraldo Rivera slams Fox News over coverage of migrant caravan being tear-gassed. Fox host: Cindy Hyde-Smith's "public hanging" comments aren't racist because she didn't say "lynching." Brian Kilmeade shocked GOP tax cuts led to GM job losses. Fox's Charles Payne fears capitalism is in trouble because Americans will see companies post record earnings amid massive layoffs and elect "a straight-up socialist." Bernie Sanders says war in Yemen is unconstitutional, issues call to action on Senate floor. British school boys beat up Syrian refugee. Boris Johnson's embarrassing outtakes prove he knows nothing. Michigan college hands out hockey pucks for kids to stop mass shooters with. Joe Rogan explains why Gavin McInnes is leaving the Proud Boys, gets some things wrong.

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Alyshia Galvez (@alyshiagalvez), author of 'Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico,' joins us.

Sam answers a listener's question on the pitfalls of economic nationalism. Trump promises no auto plant closures in Michigan in 2016, the same thing to folks in Youngstown, OH in 2017. Paul Manafort thinks he's getting pardoned by Donald Trump, probably broke his plea deal.

Alyshia Galvez (@alyshiagalvez) joins us to discuss her new book, 'Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico,' in which Galvez examines the impact of NAFTA on the people of Mexico. By flooding Mexico with cheap corn and other goods from the US, NAFTA impacted many areas of life including nutrition, culture, and the ability of subsistence farmers to make a living in their communities. Galvez breaks down some of NAFTA's "sacred ideas" and makes the case for a trade policy based around human needs, rather than profits for the global 1%.

On the fun half: First Ole Miss Rhodes scholar calls out Cindy Hyde Smith as racist. Tomi Lahren rants about asylum seekers who are ungrateful for the help offered to them. MSNBC reporter debunks GOP claims that the caravan is violent. Boris Epshteyn justifies teargassing the people in the caravan. Trump says he doesn't believe the climate change report. Tom Delay says the national climate assessment is "a disgrace." Stefan Molyneux advocates for Poland and the white ethno-state. Do Democrats need to make a better case to the white working class? Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11-27-18-Alyshia_Galvez-pub.mp3
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David Dayen joins Sam to discuss his recently published piece in the Intercept, "House Progressives are Facing an Unexpected Problem in their Quest for Committee Power." Dayen lays out the recent history of the Progressive Caucus and illustrates how it's growing--it will be three times the size of the Freedom Caucus when it entered the House in 2011. Considering that Pelosi needs virtually every Democrat to vote for her on the floor; Progressives recognized this and made a power play--they wanted leadership roles on all domestic policy committees. Roads to progressive legislation like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, or expanded Social Security run through these committees. Placing Progressives in these committees will reshape the types of legislation brought to a vote under a future Democratically controlled Congress and Executive branch. Dayen and Sam break down why Progressives in the past have not been able to enact meaningful legislation in the House--Dayen believes it's a long-standing practice of self-selection, where Progressives flock to the Judiciary committee and New Democrats maximize their power on financial committees. How can we on the outside effect these inside deals? Dayen believes it's on the media and constituents to talk about it, which in turn will pressure on our elected officials.

And in the Fun Half: our takeaways from the National Climate Assessment, Rick Santorum is giddy that the Trump administration released the NCA report on Black Friday, an AEI VP declares she's not a doctor and then obfuscating the NCA report, how the oil lobby owns the GOP and Mike Lee illustrates that case and point, the fallacy of "Innovation," Bernie's new book is out tomorrow, showing family members the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, why the asylum process has always been a problem, the sexual anxiety of alt-right bigots, Gavin explains why he's stepping down from the Proud Boys and also why white supremacy is not real, and the big electoral wins in Minnesota. Plus your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 11-26-18-David_Dayen-pub.mp3
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Today, Alex Rosenblat, researcher for Data & Society, joins us to discuss her new book "Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work." How Uber's incentive structure inserts itself into drivers' lives despite the initial promise of super-flexible hours. How conscious are drivers of the false-promise of "ride-sharing" as far as democratizing the economy. The regional difference between professionalized cities like NYC and smaller cities with less of an entrenched taxi industry. How and why Uber sells the idea that drivers are entrepreneurs.

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Direct download: 11-21-18-Alex_Rosenblat-Pub.mp3
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Before the MR Crew heads to Mar-A-Lago for Thanksgiving, we brief you on the latest stories including Trump using the DOJ to target political enemies, Matt Whitaker's dark money slush fund, and how Trump's acceptance of the Khasshogi killing green lights murder for the world's autocrats. We're live at 12:00 pm EST.

We begin with a clip where Ben Sasse stinks it up on late night, stating the government should function "as the founders intended." Sam then breaks down how the right wing media is portraying Trump's MBS pardon in the Khasshogi murder. Then, we head up to Massachusetts watch Seth Moulton's constituents boo him as the congressman tries to explain his relentless opposition Nancy Pelosi. Finally, a special guest, GOP Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith calls into the program to tell us about her debate last night and why she read straight from her notes. Sam then asks Hyde-Smith if she thinks he has a chance in his 2022 primary challenge against Chuck Schumer.

And in Fun Half: Raygun has a bone to pick with Sam, Sam's 2022 Senate campaign video is bringing MR fans to tears, Sam talks Worcester with a caller, Steny Hoyer is a corporatist and we should focus progressive power on keeping him from becoming majority leader, an ex-libertarian caller explains how Ayn Rand turned him off libertarianism, a black caller thought Matt was black, eastern California is the state's last bastion of Republicanism, the GOP has no real morals, and student debt forgiveness is not a moral hazard. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11-20-18-Janeane_Garofalo-pub.mp3
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Professor Bernard L. Fraga (@blfraga) joins us on today's show to discuss his new book, The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America.  We're live at 12:00 pm ET.

Professor Fraga explains that there is a lack of mobilization of racial and ethnic minority groups in the American electorate. Specifically, Democratic candidates are not reaching out enough to Latino, African American, and Asian American voters. In most districts, candidates understand through basic demographics, white voter turnout is the decisive factor in a candidate's respective race. However, Fraga shows the stunning disparity in turnout between the white and minority voters. Election campaigns have become more racialized and now Democrats, who hold a smaller share of the white electorate, need to be more present in minority communities.  Republicans doubled down on white identity campaign rhetoric to turn out the large coalitions of white voters in very white states like WI, MI, PA, and OH. Fraga also reflecting on the midterms, voter suppression and election stealing, arguing that these things are happening in states where turnout is high and minority communities are mobilized in the electorate. If the Democratic Party believes its future is bright in a minority-majority America, they need to begin advocating for that national vision now.

And in the Fun Half: Stacey Abrams defends her accusations of voter suppression, Katherine Harris left us a bunch of weird voicemails, Trump's coalition continues to shock listeners, the failures of billionaires and their toxic mythos, Sam's Democratic Socialist fantasies, why AOC and Justice Democrats will continue to primary liberal  candidates, Fox News thinks AOC is the Steve Bannon of the left, Ivanka's emails are not news, POC Ben Shapiro is all the rage, the GOP would own federal ballot initiative, a new lens to consider Bolsonaro's election. Plus your calls and IMs!

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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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