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Heather "Digby" Parton (@digby56) from Hullabaloo and Salon.com and comedian Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) join Sam to discuss the week in news.

On today's show: Supercut of Stephen Crowder's homophobic rants against gay Vox journalist Carlos Maza.

Heather 'Digby' Parton (@digby56) joins us to break down the news, including Mueller's press conference and the Democrats' cowardice. They don't want to impeach but have no alternate plan. What gives?

Michael Brooks calls in from his silent meditation retreat.

Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) joins us for our semi-regular catharsis. Where are the Democrats' balls? Meghan McCain says it's troublesome if there's a culture of hiding USS John McCain patches in the military. A discussion of Judy's new book, "Yes I Can Say That: And F*ck U If U Can't Take a Joke."

On the fun half: Bill Barr says he can so exonerate the president. Lou Dobbs reads Trump's mindless tariff tweet a few times as his brain ossifies. Elizabeth Warren explains wealth tax to "The View" audience. Bernie defends his efforts to get Hilary elected in 2016 after town hall participant calls him out. Megachurch pastor Kenneth Copeland can't explain why he should have a private jet. Gorka is mad about Mueller's press conference: "a disgrace to the uniform he once wore." A caller gives his perspective on religion and politics in the South.

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On today's Majority Report, Marcy Wheeler from emptywheel joins Sam to discuss Robert Mueller's press conference. Listen in for what's next as House Democrats weigh impeachment proceedings and the House Judiciary considers subpoenas for Mueller's testimony. Marcy joins Sam to break down what happened at yesterday's press conference, parsing Mueller's statement and why the special prosecutor felt compelled to dispel Bill Barr's summary findings that claimed to exonerate Trump of any wrong doing. With the special investigation now conclude, Marcy explains the links to conspiracy and why Mueller did not bring a quid-pro-quo charge, like the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Don Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Sam and Marcy also discuss the troubling espionage charges against Julian Assange and the DOJ brought charges for Wikileaks 2010 actions and not 2016. Additionally, Marcy explains the developing charges against Roger Stone and his associates with Stone's confidant Andrew Miller set to testify on Friday against the flamboyant campaign manager. Taking a 30,000 foot view of the Mueller investigation, Marcy and Sam consider why global oligarchs, Wall St capital investors, and the Trump administration aligned so well in 2016. Sam and Marcy conclude their conversation discussing the reasons why she turned a source over to the FBI and the implications of that decision.

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And in the Fun Half: White supremacists embrace Ben Shapiro's ethnic and religious Jew distinction, the new bombshell revelation in the citizenship census court case found on a deceased GOP operative's hard drive, Josh's 24-hr reading of the Mueller Report at the Arc in Long Island City, the effectiveness of worker co-ops, how Liz Warren can single-handedly take Biden down in debate, improving M4A messaging, and the problem with putting Russia interference above all other issues in America.

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Sam speaks with investigative reporter and author Katherine Eban (@KatherineEban) about her new book, Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom

On today's show: Mueller says you can't accuse someone of a crime when there's no court to adjudicate it, as per OLC memos. William Barr downplays the role of the OLC memos in Mueller's decision not to charge Trump.

Author Katherine Eban (@KatherineEban) joins us to talk about her new book, Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom. While they were once hailed as a major advancement in affordable healthcare, generic drugs have caused a multitude of problems for patients. Drawing on accounts from whistleblowers, regulators, and FDA documents, Eban tracks how the generic drug industry turned from a righteous project to something that mirrored the pharmaceutical industry it was once trying to check.

On the fun half: Mueller says evidence was "insufficient" to bring conspiracy charge. Mueller says if obstruction happens, which it did, there needs to be accountability. Justin Amash on why he calls for impeaching the president. MAGA constituent asks Amash why he's Republican, Amash tells her he's the most fiscally conservative member of the House (as if GOP base still cares about such things). Mitch McConnell in 2016 says they won't have Senate hearing for open SCOTUS seat...but if the same thing happens in 2019, he will seat the next conservative judge. Weather man reporting on Ohio tornadoes is sick of the online haters who want to watch "The Bachelorette." Dave Rubin has delusions of grandeur on Periscope, feels "empowered" by all the haters. Milo's text convo with Dave. Eric Weinstein's "hateblinding" thesis. A member of the armed forces on why you should dive into socialism. The crew breaks down the problems with conspiracy theories and Jamie recommends a text on what's really wrong with the world: How To Overthrow the Illuminati.

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Sean McElwee of Data For Progress joins us to discuss the Supreme Court decision to block gerrymandering rulings in Ohio and Michigan, and why on earth the DCCC is backing Dan Lipinski's pro-life Democratic platform.

On today's show: Asked why he agrees with Kim over Biden, Trump says the former VP "is a low-IQ individual." Amy Klobuchar says John McCain knew more than anyone that Trump was bad, muttered names of dictators to himself. Meghan McCain tells Amy to keep dad's name out of presidential politics.

Sean McElwee (@SeanMcElwee), co-founder of Data For Progress, joins us to discuss the Supreme Court's gerrymandering rulings in Ohio and Michigan. On Friday the Supreme Court threw out earlier rulings in OH and MI that said new maps must be drawn, putting any action on hold while it prepares to rule on partisan gerrymandering. Via their new "F*ck Gerrymandering" initiative, Data for Progress hopes to elect progressive Democrats to state legislatures who can re-draw Congressional districts in a fairer way, regardless of what the Supreme Court decides. Also: The DCCC's vendor blacklist is not working the way they intended. Sean breaks down why that is, what's at stake, and how you can support candidates like Marie Newman, a progressive running a primary campaign against anti-choice Democrat Dan Lipinski in Illinois. Donate to her campaign at marienewmanforcongress.com!

On the fun half: Cathy Young criticizes Dave Rubin for including white nationalists in the "new center." NYT reporter explains Chicagoans' feelings on Dan Lipinski and his 2020 primary. Former Hillary spokeswoman says Biden's "limited exposure" campaign is not a good idea. Liz Cheney says she supports sending troops to the Middle East. Ben Shapiro says Islam practiced science for practical reasons, while "the West" has for philosophical reasons; Juan Cole destroys his arguments with facts and logic. CBS News report on the consequences of last abortion clinic in Missouri closing: The impact will fall mostly on low-income women. Mehrsa Baradaran says capitalism cannot fix racial wealth gap. NYT soft-peddles Hope Hicks' "existential question" about whether or not to comply with subpoena.

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On today's show, Mehdi Hassan (@mehdirhasan) from the Intercept and Al Jazeera joins Sam to discuss the case to impeach Trump and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) to give us an update on his eBay store and some film recommendations. Mehdi and Sam begin their conversation talking about Justin Amash's recent Twitter threads outlining how both the Mueller report and Trump efforts to obstruct oversight efforts are grounds to begin impeachment proceedings. As for Pelosi's role in impeachment proceedings, Mehdi sees the Speaker's actions as somewhere between disingenuous and incompetent. Mehdi and Sam then discuss how Barr's new intel disclosure powers, coupled with the new Espionage Act charges against Assange, will chill investigations in journalism and transparency in government. And finally, Sam and Mehdi give their assessment on Iran and consider whether or not Trump will follow his hawk advisors calls for a new conflict in the Middle East. Then Matthew Film Guy joins Sam to share his movie pick of the week, "First Reformed," starring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried.

And in the fun half: Trump wants Comey and McCabe charged with treason, Sebastian Gorka is stepping back into QAnon territory, Daniel Ellsburg warns against attacks on the press, the British left has no sympathy for Theresa May, Matt Walsh thinks doctors are assassins, the Nancy Pelosi doctored video is all over the right wing media sphere, Michael Knowles has a problem with immigrants waving flags from their homeland, plus your calls and IMs!

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Joining Michael Brooks this Thursday is Miles Kampf-Lassin to discuss his piece, "No One Should Ever Listen to Anything Rahm Emanuel Has to Say About Politics" at In These Times. While the now former mayor of Chicago embarks on his path to punditry, Brooks and Kampf-Lessin hope to show why Emanuel should be ignored completely.

On today's show: Howard Stern says Bernie is a personal hero of his. Flashback: Bernie talks corporate media and censorship on the Howard Stern Show.

Miles Kampf-Lassin, web editor of In These Times, joins us to discuss his piece, No One Should Ever Listen to Anything Rahm Emanuel Has to Say About Politics." How Emanuel got his start fundraising for the Democratic Party and advising Clinton on neoliberal policies like NAFTA. His time on Wall Street working as an investment banker. How he pushed centrist candidates as chair of the DCCC. Emanuel's attempts to whitewash racist policies he pushed in Chicago, like shutting down schools and defending the police. His culpability in the murder of Laquan McDonald. What's wrong with the media that people like this continue to fail upward?

On the fun half: Lula describes treatment in prison. Lula explains the rise of the ultra-right across the globe and the left reaction. Lula talks class politics in Brazil and the difference between him and Bolsonaro. Elizabeth Warren's past defending Dow Chemical. EU elections: Jeremy Corbyn speaks against racism and kids going hungry in the UK. MP Laura Pidcock on what the Tories' austerity does. Baby face Snapchat filter applied to Ben Shapiro, Dave Rubin, Joe Rogan. Don Jr. says Dems are "beyond" socialism and communism. Stuart Varney says tax evasion is actually innovation. Commencement speaker at NYU doctorate program says professors need to support BDS.

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On today's show: Steve Mnuchin says the Harriet Tubman redesign of the $20 bill has been postponed. Beto says we don't have time to do Medicare-for-all because people are sick now. Rep. Sylvia Garcia asks Carson why HUD is looking to make children of migrants homeless. Ben Carson explains why he thought Katie Porter said "Oreo" yesterday. Ayanna Pressley asks Carson if he'd let his grandmother live in a HUD house the way they currently are. Thousands of immigrants suffer in solitary confinement in ICE detention centers.

On the fun half: Brexiter accosts pro-Brexit MP, calls him a "remoaner." Rashida Tlaib warns Mnuchin that he should get a personal attorney. Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) questions Mnuchin about IRS memo on Trump's taxes. Pelosi says Trump administration is involved in a cover-up. Mike from PA on some encouraging election results in his state. Trump reacts to Pelosi.

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Journalist David Wallace-Wells (@dwallacewells), author of The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, joins us.

On today's show: Alabama public TV pulls the 'Arthur' episode where two guys get married; Steven Crowder reacts. Nancy Pelosi still doesn't want impeachment proceedings, for reasons that all start with "p."

Journalist David Wallace-Wells (@dwallacewells), author of The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming and deputy editor of New York Magazine, joins us. How bad is the climate change threat, really? How one degree of warming will lead to 150 million additional deaths a year. The best use of our current efforts to counter climate change. The choice developing nations face between rapid economic growth that will lift people out of poverty and abiding by best carbon practices. How do we even get to a "we" when we have a system of global market competition?

The crew engages in a spirited discussion of what is to be done.

On the fun half: Study on 1960s pre-K program finds intergenerational benefits. Ben Carson confuses home foreclosures with cookies when grilled by Rep. Katie Porter. Trump complains judge only ruled in favor of Dem subpoena for his financial records because he's an Obama appointee. Jerry Nadler explains why oversight committee will hold McGahn in contempt. Jesse Watters endorses billionaires paying off student loan debt. Trump is pissed Buttigieg and Democrats are on Fox News. Leftist milkshakes "Ilhan must go" truck billboard. Ed Milliband gets egged, keeps calm and carries on. Laura Ingraham in 2018: These migrant camps are like "summer camp" or "boarding schools." Ben Shapiro defends Laura Ingraham's comments, calls out Buttigieg for secret extremism.

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Author and activist Peter Daou (@peterdaou) joins us to discuss his new book, Digital Civil War: Confronting the Far Right Menace.

On today's show: Billionaire Robert F. Smith to pay off class of 2019 Morehouse grads' student debt. Brian Kilmeade says desegregation was school choice and Fox & Friends now love loan forgiveness.

Author and activist Peter Daou (@peterdaou) joins us to discuss his new book, Digital Civil War: Confronting the Far Right Menace. While some would seek to minimize the importance of the online sphere in US political life, Daou contends that it has power and influence. From the influence of blogs to the radicalization of mass shooters on forums like 4chan, Daou builds a case that "online" should be respected terrain in our battle against the far right. Also: Daou on his friendly overtures to the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and why the Party needs to come together.

On the fun half: Medhi Hasan grills Guaido spokeswoman on why she would trust Elliot Abrams to bring aid and democracy to Venezuela. Nobody wants to talk to Steve Doocy about the nanny state. Farrage and Carl Benjamin milkshaked! Buttigieg slams Tucker and Ingraham during Fox News townhall. Bernie Sanders doesn't mince words with terrible NYT reporter not "doing her job." Bernie says he's not sorry for foreign policy record. Tucker Carlson calls Ilhan Omar a "symbol of America's failed immigration system."

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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixonand H. Jon Benjamin (@HJBenjamin) join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: The real reason the religious right is attacking abortion rights. Daily Wire's Matt Walsh says abortion = "destruction of evidence" in cases of rape and incest.

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), host of the Benjamin Dixon Show, joins us to break down the news. How can the left fight these draconian abortion laws? The Democrats' kabuki theater. The media's attempt to manufacture consent for Joe Biden. Bill De Blasio enters the race. Will we be saved from war with Iran by John Bolton stepping on Trump's toes? 

Sam and H. Jon Benjamin have a very uncomfortable interview about Benjamin's newish book, 'Failure Is An Option: An Attempted Memoir.' We're talking decades' worth of simmering resentment bubbling up to the surface uncomfortable. Seriously, why do we keep doing this?

On the fun half: Conrad Black on Laura Ingraham after Trump pardons him of his financial crimes to let people know his pardon has nothing to do with his support or ass-kissing of Trump. Fox & Friends guest explains why we have to go to war with Iran. Laying out the new immigration plan, Trump says it will be merit-based. AOC questions pharma exec why they price gouge on PrEP drug Truveda. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Joining Michael Brooks on today's Majority Report is Laura Carlsen, a political analyst and director of the Americas Program at the Center for International Policy, to discuss Mexico under the presidency of Andrés Manuel López Obrador. While the mainstream media is happy to cover the humanitarian crisis at the US southern border, Carlsen provides a look into how Trump/Miller policy plays out south of the border. Carlsen has been reporting from Tijuana, hearing stories from those seeking asylum who have been held in icebox, chain-linked holding pens while their claims are processed. Carlsen and Brooks discuss the on-going violence in the Northern Triangle, the home of most refugees at the southern border, and how US policies, both foreign and domestic have led up to this point where Central Americans have been left no choice but to leave their homes. Beyond the border crisis, how has Amlo, a left populist elected official, placated and resisted Trump's policies that implicate Mexico? Carlsen points to the situation in Venezuela and Amlo's decision to back a mediation process to illustrate how the president has resisted the Trump administration's foreign intervention practices. Brooks and Carlsen conclude their discussion discussing the on-going drug war in Mexico and the US government's role in growing violence across Mexico.

And in the Fun Half: the importance of the the humanities, a listener is working on an ICE & immigration graphic novel, massive education protests underway in Brazil, Warren's bizarre Green Military policy plank, Pat Robertson doesn't think the Alabama abortion bill goes too far morally it just won't win in court, Ana Kasparian spills the tea on Meghan McCain, Joe Biden says he doesn't want to soak the rich, Means TV is the new Vice, dealing with rising right wing politics in Australia, Liz Warren flames the OCC director and his plan to protect the next Wells Fargo CEO, AOC asks the FBI why "domestic terrorism" cases are so closely tied to race and religious identity, TurboTax's "free" tax service is fraud, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 5-16-19-Laura_Carlsen-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:20pm EST

Activist and journalist Dennis Lewycky joins us to discuss his new book, Magnificent Fight: The Winnipeg General Strike.

On today's show: Joe Biden says once Trump is gone, GOP will have epiphany. Flashback: Obama says GOP "fever" will break after 2012 election victory.

Activist and historian Dennis Lewycky joins us to discuss his new book, Magnificent Fight: The Winnipeg General Strike. In May of 1919, 30,000 Winnipeg workers went on strike in a city of 130,000. Lewycky breaks down the history leading up to the strike, the factors that sparked solidarity from non-union workers and immigrants, and the kind of social justice unionism the workers favored. Also: How the strike helped win far-reaching reforms for all of Canadian society, its ripple effects in the years that followed, and why Canada developed differently from the US in this regard.

On the fun half: Mike Cernovich whines to Dave Rubin about how hard it is being a public figure: The Vic Berger edit. Dave Rubin on left media outrage and inviting Mayor Pete to his program. Dave Rubin explains "single payer," meaning...not single payer. MR caller asks Dave Rubin if he'd debate anyone on the left, if not Sam Seder. Mike from PA on Biden's cynical game of make-believe. Alabama Democratic Senator debates GOP Senator on rape incest amendment to AL abortion ban (which was not included in final bill). Tom Cotton says it would only take two strikes to defeat Iran if we had to go to war. Sebastian Gorka on same-sex marriage in the cartoon Arthur: "This is a war for our culture." Jim Bakker's team is selling a $45 Trump & King Cyrus prayer coin.

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Direct download: 5-14-19-Dennis_Lewycky-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:53pm EST

Sam analyzes yesterday's Supreme Court verdicts including the 5-4 decision to overrule Nevada v. Hall, a 1979 ruling that allowed an individual to sue a state in another state's courts. Sam explains why the conservative opinion will be used as precedent to "make it more difficult for lawyers to refrain from challenging settled law" as stated by Breyer in his dissent. Sam then goes deep on Trump's lasting legacy and his domination of the courts where he recently appointed his 38th appointment to the circuit courts, making 1 in every 6 circuit judges a Trump appointee. What can the Democratic Party do to thwart the GOP's judicial domination? Maybe run strong candidates in competitive Senate races instead of adding to the endless stream of 2020 Presidential candidates--i.e. Beto, Bullock, and Hickenlooper. Meanwhile, Trump's foreign policy team is gearing up for war in the Middle East as Pompeo visit allies and adversaries alike to share Bolton's plans to deploy 120,000 troops to the region. Sam then closes out the free half of the show with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's visit to the White House.

And in the Fun Half: why Bernie's support amongst young people is dropping, Ronald Raygun has reached his goal for his migrant bail fund and it's now a 501c and donations are now tax deductible, Pharma executives cut a rap video to market the company's strongest Fentanyl prescription, Sargon of Akkad says it's ok to joke about rape because British soldiers used their dark sense of humor to make it through war, Sam wonders where Ben Shapiro got the authority to decide who is and who is not a Real Jew, Georgia Senator David Perdue lies about pro-choice abortion laws, Candace Owens is now tenured at PragerU, the disturbing trend of alt-right teens on YouTube, the Democratic Party and its strategies to win the Senate, what is libertarian socialism, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 5-14-19-Sam_Seder-Pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:25pm EST

W. Fitzhugh Brundage, William B. Umstead Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, joins us to discuss his new book Civilizing Torture: An American Tradition.

On today's show: Biden doesn't want Medicare-for-all because it would let employers "off the hook" for healthcare.

W. Fitzhugh Brundage, William B. Umstead Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, joins us to discuss his new book Civilizing Torture: An American Tradition. America's early colonial settlers claimed to be creating a society free from the tyranny of the Old World, including the torture carried out by the Spanish Inquisition. But it quickly became apparent that wasn't going to happen. From colonial times to the Civil War to the rise of modern policing to the War on Terror, Brundage parses the state's numerous justifications for a practice that haunts our efforts at democracy to this day.

On the fun half: Booker compares Warren to Trump because she's campaigning on anti-trust. Poll: Dem voters considering numerous candidates. Will voters abandon Biden once he gets into specifics? Listener Evan asks Dave Rubin "will you debate Sam Seder?" Dave claims Sam's a "dishonest player" who spreads lies about him(!) Mike Pence tells Liberty U graduates to prepare to be "shunned," "ridiculed" for being a Christian. Larry Kudlow admits that US consumers will take brunt of tariff costs. Tom Cotton invokes troops, says we need to sacrifice in trade war with China. Brexit Party leader Nigel Farrage gets cross with BBC for asking if he's changed his stance on NHS, immigration, climate change, Putin. Michael Tracey's doomsday clock. Chelsea Manning says executive branch, especially Trump, wants to attack journalists, will use judiciary as rubber stamp. Manning explains why she may return to jail after May 16th court hearing.

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Direct download: 5-13-19-Fitzhugh_Brundage-Pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EST

Happy Friday! Today on the Majority Report Michael Brooks is joined by Bhaskar Sunkara, editor of the Jacobin and author of the new book The Socialist Manifesto, and comedian David Feldman, host of The David Feldman Show, to recap the week's biggest stories. Bhaskar Sunkara calls in from his book tour to discuss his road to becoming one of the country's leading socialist thinkers and why he believes Americans are waking up to democratic socialist thinking in 2019. Brooks and Sunkara explain Marx and Engels efforts to expand the democratic franchise through unionization and organized workers parties which helped paved the way for what we now understand as democratic socialism. For all its successes, however, Sunkara concedes that socialist governing systems have suffered bureaucratic mismanagement, racism, and civil unrest; understanding the missteps of social democratic governing can help informs progressive Americans before capital mounts its inevitable arguments and fight against it. Moving to 2020, Brooks and Sunkara consider how Sanders can channel the anger of voters in a productive way that Trump cannot, but also wonder if Sanders' economic populism could engage more voters than Biden's voting-out-of-fear campaign.

David Feldman then joins the program to discuss his "principles" and why in 2020 it's all about defeating Trump. While providing healthcare, food security, and government oversight are important things, the most important thing "in principle" is that we unit behind the candidate most likely to defeat Trump. Feldman says the threats of a inter-party circular firing squad and democrats staying home on election day are real and must be avoided at all cost. Additionally, Bernie is not reaching out to the middle class white males like Biden and cannot match Middle Class Joe because the former VP is just that, a middle class white male. While half the country doesn't have $500 for an emergency, Feldman understands, as a middle class man, who has experienced tragedy, that we start reaching out to the middle class and and then reach out to others from there. Feldman ends his interview explaining why it's important to take the advice of Rob Reiner in every aspect of your life.

And in the Fun Half: Ben Shapiro gets triggered by UK conservative Andrew Neil, Lula's first interview from prison, TP USA has to remove another white nationalist from its leadership ranks, and a trip to the Bernie archives from his first House election, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 5-10-19-Bhaskar_Sunkara_David_Feldman-Pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:48pm EST

Sam speaks with Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski, authors of The People's Republic of Wal-Mart: How the World's Biggest Corporations Are Laying the Foundation for Socialism

On today's show: Fox News contributor says cartoons, children's books and movies are "merchants of socialism."

Sam speaks with Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski, authors of The People's Republic of Wal-Mart: How the World's Biggest Corporations Are Laying the Foundation for SocialismAs we move through late capitalism, major multi-national companies are held up as the ultimate expression of free-market capitalism, but Phillips and Rozworski argue that the Walmarts and Amazons are the best centrally planned economies in the world. Not only is planning on vast scales possible, we already have it and it works. The real question is whether planning can be democratic.

On the fun half: UK Momentum: "You are a socialist" ad. Kentucky Fried Comrade on why Nate Silver sucks so much now. Corbyn says why there must be a Labor Brexit, not a Tory Trump Farage Brexit. Mike Hanna: World reacts to Iran's decision to abandon parts of nuclear deal. Pompeo criticizes Bernie and Corbyn on Venezuela. CT Rep. Joe Courtney explains the Stop & Shop strike and why it's important for the right to organize. Delta union busting ad targets gamer union members. Trump reacting to supporters' call to shoot migrants: "only in the Panhandle!" Trump's rallies in battleground states are "fun."

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Direct download: 5-8-19-Michal_rozworski_Leigh_Phillips-Pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:24pm EST

The MR crew breaks down the news.

On today's show: Trump's taxes show over $1 billion in losses. Fox and Friends' Ainsley Earhardt is impressed by all the things Trump has done in his life; Brian Kilmeade defends Trump's losses as "smart business." "Heartbeat" abortion ban passes in GA. 11-year-old rape victim in OH will be forced to carry pregnancy to term due to "heartbeat bill." Time to break some laws? Nancy Pelosi tells WaPo Trump is making himself "self impeachable." Jerry Nadler says we are currently in a constitutional crisis. US threatens new sanctions as Iran withdraws from part of nuclear deal.

On the fun half: Seth Meyers asks Meghan McCain if people need to be more careful in their critiques of Ilhan Omar. McCain's husband Ben Domenech blasts Seth Meyers on Twitter. Dave Rubin claims he never said Stefan Molyneux was part of the political center. Except in this video from 2016. Comedian Nick Di Paolo apologizes for giving the finger to dead Black Lives Matter activist Muhiyidin Moye in promo image, brags about trending on Twitter the same day as Sandra Bland. Sam spills the tea on Di Paolo, plays a clip of his appearance in "Beat Cops" (2003). Bernie Sanders takes Duke Cunningham to task for saying "homos in the military" in 1995. Uber driver explains need for strike in Bernie Sanders ad. Grover Norquist falsely claims the Trump tax cuts are popular, sputters about lower corporate taxes and utility bills.

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Direct download: 5-8-19-Sam_Seder-Pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:13pm EST

Journalist Eric Blanc (@_ericblanc), author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers' Strike Wave & Working-Class Politics, joins us to discuss the recent wave of teacher strikes in red states.

On today's show: Trump retweets Jerry Falwell Jr.'s call for Trump to get two years added onto his term as "reparations" for Mueller.

Journalist Eric Blanc (@_ericblanc), author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers' Strike Wave & Working-Class Politics, joins us to discuss teacher strikes in red states. The forces that touched off the WV teachers' strike. How the weakness of unions in red states created an opening for more radical actions. The impact of the "education reform" movement of the early 2000s. How WV's history of labor militancy inspired the strikers. The ripple effect created in other states. The numerous misdeeds of the WV Democratic Party. Social justice unionism and the relationship between striking teachers and the community. How the same ethos could be applied to other fields like nursing. How successful have the strikes been? How the strikes have changed the electoral landscape for 2020.

On the fun half: Fox and Friends' Brian Kilmeade defends Trump's relationship with black athletes like Tiger Woods, Mike Tyson...and Ben Carson. Militia leader James Russell Bolton caught impersonating Mexican drug kingpin to grift his followers. Mnuchin refuses to turn over Trump's taxes to Congress. Sandra Bland's family calls to re-open investigation into her death after new footage surfaces. Angus King tells CNN of his concerns over John Bolton's desire for war with Iran. Mike Pompeo tells Arctic Council in Finland about the opportunities presented by the melting of the ice caps. Fox & Friends suggests Bernie is skittish about the "socialist" label, has Stuart Varney define it for them. Nobody wants to buy Milo's throne chair.

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Direct download: 5-7-19-Eric_Blanc-Pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:31pm EST

The Washington Post's Dave Weigel (@daveweigel ) joins us from the campaign trail.

On today's show: Dennis Prager of Prager U says there's hardly any racism anymore except anti-white racism.

Dave Weigel joins us to share updates from the campaign trail. Despite being touted as the front-runner, Joe Biden has not drawn crowds as large as Bernie Sanders. The un-sorted, non-ideological character of rally attendees so far. How the idea of "electability" is driving voter preferences. How Bernie's presence in the race has caused other Democrats to pursue strategies not centered on economic populism. The lack of enthusiasm for the idea that we can get rid of Trump through impeachment.

On the fun half: Gorka goes on C-SPAN, says MBS is far better than Maduro and the Khashoggi killing wasn't as WaPo presented. Caller calls out C-SPAN for having on a known grifter and propagandist. Are Macron's policies in France the fault of Germany? Ro Khanna addresses concerns about a messy transition for healthcare workers, says wages will go up as a result of m4a. Mike Pompeo calls China's Muslim concentration camps "re-education camps," accuses host of "ticky tack" in pointing out he fudged the numbers. John Kelly joins board of Caliburn International, the for-profit company that runs the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in South Miami-Dade. Bernie responds to Biden calling himself "the most progressive" in the race. Bernie explains why he favors sweeping overhaul of healthcare system, addresses issue of wait times for popular doctors. Larry Kudlow does an ad for the economy. Twitch streamers mock Dave Rubin's refusal to debate Sam.

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Direct download: 5-6-19-Dave_Weigel-Pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:39pm EST

Digby (Heather Parton) (@digby56) and Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Mike Pence says Trump guarantees government will never penalize anyone for their religious beliefs again. 2015: Trump calls for total halt of Muslims coming into the US.

Heather "Digby" Parton of Salon.com joins us to discuss the Mueller report. Why claims of "there's nothing there" are premature. Chris Coons asks Barr if campaigns should inform FBI if foreign intel agencies offer them dirt. Kamala Harris grills Barr. Chris Wallace says Fox opinion shows will spin Mueller as nothing to see. The various issues around impeaching Trump.

Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) join us for some good, old fashioned trash talk. The crew parses more tweets from Dennis Miller. Stephen Moore "apologizes" for racist public housing joke about the Obamas.

On the fun half: Stephen Moore wonders why CNN is all the sudden so hostile to him. Joe Biden likes Dick Cheney, thinks he's a decent man. Elizabeth Warren tweet on her territorial relief act policy proposal. Tommy Robinson gets milkshaked. McKayla Wilkes: Steny Hoyer challenger. Oglala Sioux Tribe tells South Dakota governor in letter that she is "not welcome" on reservation.

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Direct download: 5-3-19-Andy_Kindler-Digby-Pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:09pm EST

Professor Ben Burgis (@BenBurgis) joins Michael Brooks to discuss his new book, Give Them an Argument: Logic for the Left

On today's show: Meghan McCain says felons should not vote, terrorists should get death penalty.

Professor Ben Burgis (@BenBurgis) joins Michael Brooks to discuss his new book, Give Them an Argument: Logic for the Left. In this book, Burgis warns against leftists' dismissal of the right's "logic bros" and offers basic understandings of formal logic and informal fallacies which will strengthen progressive arguments in the political discourse. By reclaiming logic for the left, we can expose the ahistorical character of the right's arguments, win people over, and set the tone for healthy discourse in our own spaces.

On the fun half: Economist Jeffrey Sachs: US sanctions have devastated Venezuela and killed over 40,000 since 2017. Guaido calls for military help in Venezuela. Trump is so bored with Venezuela, calls Maduro "tough." Kamala Harris asks Barr if Trump admin asked him to investigate opponents. Chris Matthews' great virginity metaphor on Trump's call for special privileges in investigations. Beto makes the cool guy no fossil fuel pledge. Nazi Jovi Val gets triple-egged in Union Square! Ilhan Omar says those who attack Muslims also attack Jews...she will speak out against both.

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Direct download: 5-2-19-Ben-Burgis-Pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:55pm EST

Journalist and author Robin Marty (@robinmarty) joins us to discuss her new book, Handbook For A Post-Roe America.

On today's show: Barr misleads Charlie Crist about awareness of Mueller team concerns about letter. Chris Van Hollen asks Barr (after he received Mueller's letter) if Mueller supported his conclusion.

Journalist and author Robin Marty (@robinmarty) joins us to discuss her new book, Handbook For A Post-Roe America. Between state-level restrictions and the possibility that Roe v Wade could be overturned, abortion will soon be illegal in some or all of the US. But according to Marty, Roe getting overturned could actually result in increased engagement around thie issue. In this book, she goes over the ways regular people can fight back against anti-choice policy, from making it an issue in the run-up to 2020, to participating in underground networks that help people get the care that they need. This future is neither distant nor hypothetical, so we need to start organizing now.

On the fun half: Stephen Moore "apologizes" for racist public housing joke about the Obamas. Stephen Moore admits he shouldn't have said men should be the breadwinners for the American family. Alyssa Milano says defeating Trump is the most important thing in 2020. 2011 Mulvaney says we can't afford to curb debt and deficit. The MR crew gives their opinions on reparations. CA bill would end childhood poverty; visit www.endchildpovertyca.org to join the fight. Pompeo says Cubans are intervening in Venezuela, will hold Venezuelans enacting violence "accountable." Pompeo says Russia kept Maduro from leaving Vz for Havana. How should progressive candidates approach pro-lifers?

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Daniel Immerwahr  (@dimmerwahr), an associate professor of history at Northwestern University, joins us to discuss his new book, How to Hide An Empire: A History of the Greater United States.

On today's show: Ben Shapiro claims Ilhan Omar is just as anti-Semitic as white nationalists. Quebec mosque shooter was reading Shapiro and other right-wing figures' tweets before the attack.

Daniel Immerwahr  (@dimmerwahr), an associate professor of history at Northwestern University, joins us to discuss his new book, How to Hide An Empire: A History of the Greater United States. 19 million US nationals live outside the US proper, but they don't have the same rights as US citizens. Looking at the history of places like the Philippines, which saw an attack nearly as deadly as Pearl Harbor in WW2, the Guano Islands, which the US annexed for fertilizer, and Puerto Rico, where an American Dr. Mengele named Cornelius Rhoads ran rampant in the 1930s, Immerwahr reveals a story of colonial domination that is swept under the rug to this day.

On the fun half: Ro Khanna speaks against US involvement in the coup in Venezuela. Stephen Moore claims his writings against gender pay equity legislation from 2014 are not a problem. Joe Biden's campaign slogan is "Make America Moral Again" but he doesn't support Medicare-for-all. ALS sufferer Ady Barkan, speaking at m4a hearing, says healthcare must be a human right. Bernie compares his labor record with Biden's after Biden claims to be "a union man." Katie Porter explains Trump wants it both ways in investigations: he'll claim executive privilege or private citizen privilege when it suits him. Chase shames poor customers for #MondayMotivation.

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We are back live! The MR Team presents you with the news.

The MR team is back in action after its annual spring hiatus with a steaming bowl of news. Sam breaks down the Joe Biden 2020 campaign rollout which quickly turned into a stumble after his non-apology apology to Anita Hill, using Heather Heyer's death as the central point of his announcement video, and a surrogate's cynical attempt to diminish Elizabeth Warren's track record as a tough financial regulator.  Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren's debt cancellation policy proposal looks like it would have a positive impact on the economy if implemented. And Sam closes out the fun half explaining the Mueller Report, its findings, and the problem with only seeing the Mueller Report through the lens of a media critique.

And in the Fun Half: Trump's opposition towards oversight, Dave Rubin is getting his comeuppance online and we're definitely here for it but Dave just wants to get back to ideas, Trump is back on the stump and he's spinning lies faster than ever, She the People and Bernie Sanders, the alleged hackings in Florida elections and how to respond to its politics, Obama's role in the 2020 election, Buttigieg's response to why he fired a popular black police chief in South Bend leaves a lot unanswered, plus your calls and IMs!

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Author Kate Manne joins us to discuss her new book, 'Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny.'

 

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Edgar Villanueva joins Sam to discuss his new book, 'Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance.'

Following an impoverished upbringing, Villanueva embarked on a 15-year career working for various non-profit and philanthropic organizations. In this book, he critiques the ways philanthropy preserves existing power structures and argues for a better distribution of wealth, especially with regard to historically exploited and dispossessed communities.

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Sam is joined by author Chloe Thurston to discuss her new book, 'At the Boundaries of Homeownership: Credit, Discrimination, & the American State.'

While often touted as a sign of individualistic bootstrapping, middle class home ownership in the US is the result of a targeted set of government interventions going back to the 1930s. In this book, Thurston traces the history of government policy around home ownership, with special attention to who was excluded from accessing these kinds of resources (namely: women and African-Americans) and how these groups fought back against discrimination.

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Author Evan Thomas joins Sam to discuss his new book, First: Sandra Day O'Connor.

Sandra Day O'Connor made history as the first woman ever appointed to the US Supreme Court. In this intimate biography, Thomas draws on archives and interviews to paint a complete portrait of the pioneering justice, from her southwest childhood to her journey through law school to her 25-year career on the nation's highest court.

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Hannah Holleman, assistant professor of sociology at Amherst College, joins Sam to discuss her piece in Monthly Review, 'No Empires, No Dust Bowls: Ecological Disasters and the Lessons of History.'

In this piece, Holleman examines the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, an ecological crisis that drove tens of thousands of farmers from their land. In tracking how capitalist accumulation, settler-colonialism, and white supremacy contributed to the ruinous erosion of soil, Holleman spotlights the social character of these crises, building her case that in order to confront the problems wrought by climate change, we must confront the imperial system of capital itself.

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Jonathan Mahler (@jonathanmahler), staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, joins us to discuss his article, 'Planet Fox: How Rupert Murdoh's Empire of Influence Remade the World.'

88-year-old Rupert Murdoch currently sits atop the world's most powerful media empire. Mahler and co-writer Jim Rutenberg examine how Murdoch took a modest inherited newspaper business and turned in into a diversified conglomerate capable of influencing elections and policy around the world. From the rise of Margaret Thatcher to the push for war in Iraq to the current wave of right-wing populism (Trump, Brexit, et al.), Murdoch has proven a savvy foe of progressivism as he both shapes and capitalizes on prevailing trends in conservative politics.

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Good morning, today the MR crew breaks down the live news from Barr's Mueller Report press conference and the fight for the Democratic nomination's latest war of words between Bernie Sanders and the Center for American Progress. While the Mueller Report has ostensibly been released by the Department of Justice. However, to any shrewd political observer, Barr's press conference was a textbook demonstration of how a ruling party disseminates news. It's not a coincidence that Bill Barr gave a speech looking to exonerate Trump of any wrongdoing the day before the Easter and Passover holidays.

Taking a quick break from the Mueller Report, Sean McElwee from Data for Progress joins Sam to discuss the changing landscape and left-punching developing in the Democratic Party. For McElwee, this fight began with the DCCC decision to blacklist political vendors who work with candidates who primary sitting Democrats, even if that Democrats is an anti-choice right leaning official like Dan Lipinski. This decision has metastasized to an effort to squash the Justice Democrats and their desire to push the party left. It seems the Democratic leadership has forgotten the messages that won them the house in 2018: that they will concentrate on investigating Trump and advocate for voter rights policies like HR 1. Democratic leadership has capitulated to the bad faith Republicans demands to condemn and ostracize new Democratic members of Congress like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. McElwee believes the reactions to the 2018 midterms comes down to a generational divide in the new Democratic majority. Pelosi, Hoyer, and Cummings wish things could go back to the "Beltway as Usual" while AOC, Omar, and Jayapal are trying to push a more aggressive party with bold reform like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All. McElwee and Sam wrap their discussion with an insider's look into how the DCCC and Democratic leadership is presented and consumes polling in DC.

And in the Fun Half: Barr's interpretation of Mueller's Findings reminds us of the SCOTUS Citizen's United ruling from Justice Roberts, Even Fox News thinks Barr sounded like a defense attorney, AOC's spokesman explains why Appalachian coal miners would dig the Green New Deal, John Bolton receives thunderous applause for [checks notes] restricting travel to Cuba, Kamala Harris apologizes for the punitive truancy laws she enacted as California AG, Beto wants to address corporate concentration by leaving Amazon alone, Quilette wonders if the IDW is ideologically diverse and decides Dave Rubin is right wing, Dave Rubin defends his Ideas Only platform, Bernie's call to eliminate private insurance, plus your calls and IMs!

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David Dayen (@ddayen) joins us to discuss Wendell Primus, the top aide to Nancy Pelosi who is trying to destroy single payer healthcare.

On today's show: Gov. Cuomo to sign Child Victims Act into law in NY. Republicans block Democrat-led efforts to tighten state vaccine laws. Fox News is freaking out in the wake of Bernie's town hall. Seema Verma comes on and explains why America can't have Medicare For All.

David Dayen (@ddayen) joins us to discuss Wendell Primus, the top aide to Nancy Pelosi who is trying to destroy single payer healthcare. How Primus' position as a "member/staffer" gives him the power to block progressive legislation without ever winning an election. Primus' Clinton era resignation from the HHS and subsequent rightward drift. The persistent notion that Democratic Party leaders must be protected from progressive ideas. Democrats and Republicans' divergent approaches to dealing with their bases. How Primus intervened on the wrong side of a battle over drug prices. Will the DCCC's attempts to impose party discipline backfire? For more, check out Dayen's article on Wendell Primus at The Intercept. Also Chain of Title, his book on the foreclosure crisis, and The American Prospect, of which he is now the executive editor!

On the fun half: Trump says Ilhan Omar has been very disrespectful of America, implies she's not American. Former NY police commissioner says Ilhan Omar is "infatuated with Al Qaeda." Liz Warren brings donuts to Stop and Shop picket line. Jexodus is back, baby! Now led by Jeff Ballabon, not millennials. Jeff Ballabon claims that Democrats are harboring anti-Semitism. Mindy climbs aboard the Bernie train. Pete Buttigieg says tone is important when reforming capitalism. Protesters at Buttigieg rally do homophobic(?) protest with Pete whipping Jesus while Satan cheers him on. MSNBC has mind-obliteratingly empty conversation about the "buzz" around Mayor Pete. Tressie McMillan Cottom explains how Wall Street exacerbated the for-profit college problem. Tennessee protesters at Capitol after House GOP passed voter registraton criminalization. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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John Patrick Leary (@JohnPatLeary), Associate Professor of English at Wayne State University, joins us to discuss his book, Keywords: The New Language of Capitalism.

On today's show: Bernie dominates Fox News town hall with #MedicareForAll pitch. Trump reacts to Bernie's performance. Bernie's closing remarks, an impromptu call and response, says most Americans agree with his platform.

John Patrick Leary (@JohnPatLeary), Associate Professor of English at Wayne State University, joins us to discuss his new book, Keywords: The New Language of Capitalism. In this book, Leary explores how the business language of late stage capitalism puts a futuristic spin on old forms of exploitation. How words like "innovation," "human capital," "nimble," "passion" and "grit" conceal the exploitative relationship between workers and bosses. Also: the origins of the term "meritocracy" and why it's problematic.

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Caitlin Rosenthal, Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, joins us to discuss her new book, Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management.

On today's show: Sarah Sanders says Congress isn't smart enough to look over Trump's tax returns.

Caitlin Rosenthal, Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, joins us to discuss her new book, Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management. While some think that capitalism worked at cross purposes with slavery, the two were intertwined for much of US history. By looking at the complex connections between New World slavery and early capitalist development, as well as elements that have carried over into modern management structures, Rosenthal shows how the institution of chattel slavery influences our system of production to this day.

The Democratic establishment attempts to discipline the progressive wing of the Party; Bernie Sanders fires back.

On the fun half: Trump says migrants will be shipped to sanctuary cities after holding period, threatens to throttle sanctuary cities with undocumented immigrants. Chris Wallace explains why the administration's new immigration plan would be illegal/unfeasible. Pelosi plays down influence of AOC wing of the Party, says "it's like five people." Daily Wire writer says drag is blackface, transgender people cheapen womanhood. Stephen Moore says capitalism is more important than democracy. Cardi B endorses Bernie because he's been consistent for a long time. Fox & Friends tell Andrew Yang UBI "robbing other people of their ability to be a self-made success story." Dan Crenshaw says attacks on him are "a new low in partisanship and dishonesty." Should the Democrats advocate jailing bosses who hire illegal immigrants?

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Direct download: 4-15-19-Caitlin_Rosenthal-pub.mp3
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Sam is at the Torts Law Conference in Las Vegas. On Day Two, Sam speaks with Daniel Nigh and Archie Lamb of the firm Levin Papantonio about suits concerning faulty medications and the California wild fires. Also: Andrew Bederman, chair of the American Association for Justice PAC, on the unfair stigma around trial lawyers.

On the fun half: Supercut of Trump mentioning Wikileaks. Trump says Wikileaks is "not really my thing." Tulsi Gabbard warns against the DOJ extraditing Assange. Katie Porter stumps JP Morgan Chase's Jamie Dimon with questions about employee's income. Ayanna Pressley asks why banks still have overdraft fees and if CEOs believe they're a tool to punish the poor. Cindy Axne presses Dimon on why regulators should lower capital requirements. Trump supports Barr's spying claims. Ainsley Earhardt asks: If we found out Hillary Clinton's campaign was being spied on, don't you think everyone would be upset about that? NY Post weaponizes 9/11 to smear Ilhan Omar. Rep. Ilhan Omar fires back at Fox News on Colbert: "I am as American as everyone else." Dan Crenshaw "too busy" to talk benefits for victims of 9/11. Waleed Shaheed asks where Democratic leadership is in defending their progressive women leaders. Tomas Massie doesn't understand how a Bachelor's of Arts works.

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Direct download: 4-12-19-Sam_Las_Vegas-pub.mp3
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Sam is at the Trial Lawyer Conference in Las Vegas. Sam is joined by lawyers and movement leaders to discuss corporate malfeasance, a nationwide effort to extend statute of limitations for sexual abuse limitations, and the possibility of new and reformed human trafficking legislation. Sam will be back from Las Vegas again tomorrow with more tort lawsuit stories.

And in the Fun Half: the problems with the DOJ's extradition claims against Assange, Bill Barr is now the Trump Administration's fixer,

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Direct download: 4-11-19-Sam_Las_Vegas-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:41pm EST

Fox's Brian Kilmeade smears Rep. Ilhan Omar: "You have to wonder if she's an American first." Trump says Bibi re-election gives better chance of peace in Middle East. Dianna Buttu explains Palestnians' position on Israeli elections: "you either choose Trump or you choose Trump."

On the fun half: The crew addresses Bernie Sanders' book money. Trump visits George Washington's Mount Vernon estate, wonders why he didn't name it after himself. Tulsi Gabbard dodges interview with Ana Kasparian. Dave Rubin says he won't debate Sam. Candace Owens claims the Republican Party's Southern strategy wasn't real. Lee Atwater lays out Southern strategy in infamous 1981 interview. Mohammad Abu Salha recounts how his children were murdered by white nationalists. Steve Mnuchin gets served by Maxine Waters. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4-10-19-Michael_Brooks-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EST

Sam discusses the Mueller investigation with Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald), journalist at The Intercept.

On today's show: Meghan McCain tells Joy Behar it's her job to listen to her.

Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald), journalist at The Intercept, joins Sam for a discussion of the Mueller investigation. The origins of the investigation. Should there have been an investigation? What's a scam and what's not? Glenn's critique of how the Mueller investigation was conducted, and how the media covered the story. What are the stakes? Should Sam apologize for having Marcy Wheeler on?

On the fun half: Netanyahu's party sends activists with body cameras to intimidate Arab voters. Judge blocks Trump's policy of making asylum-seekers remain in Mexico, purges Homeland Security officials for not being fashy enough. Trump says "our country is full." A discussion of Bernie Sanders, neoliberalism and "open borders." Sudanese protesters chant "revolution," call for the resignation of president al-Bashir. Ilhan Omar calls Stephen Miller a white nationalist, gets attacked by GOP. A plug for listener Cole James Cash's Ghetto News Network. Brazilians continue protests to free Lula. Should the left in the US and UK figure out what to do in the event of a right-wing coup? Henry Louis Gates Jr. says Trump admin is doing post-Reconstruction levels of voter suppression. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4-9-19-Glenn_Greenwald-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:41pm EST

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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Direct download: 4-8-19-Dahr_Jamail-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:38pm EST

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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Direct download: 4-5-19-Alex_Pareene-David_Feldman-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:35pm EST

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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Direct download: 4-4-19-Mike_Hanna-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:43pm EST

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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Direct download: 4-3-19-Sam-Seder-pub.mp3
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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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Direct download: 4-2-19-Stephanie_Mudge-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm EST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 4:15pm EST

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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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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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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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."

And in the Fun Half: will social democrats gain support in Florida, some good political rap artists, the new poll tax in Florida, how Bernie is running against Trump, Stuart Varney doesn't understand why can't the CIA just take on Maduro, Elliot Abrams struggles to explain why Guiado should be recognized at Venezuela's legitimate president, an update on Lula and unrest in Brazil, the problem with Yang Gang, Warren's positions on white supremacy and medicare for all, plus your calls and IMs!

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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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Direct download: 3-13-19-Rutger_Bregman-pub.mp3
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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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:25pm EST

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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Direct download: 3-12-19-Johnathan_H_Marks-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:11pm EST

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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Direct download: 3-8-19-Benjamin_Dixon-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:08pm EST

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!

On the fun half:

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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Direct download: 3-7-19-Juan_Cole-Meagan_Day-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:07pm EST

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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Direct download: 3-6-19-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EST

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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Direct download: 3-5-19-Paul_Kiel-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:05pm EST

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.

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Direct download: 3-4-19-Greg_Grandin-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:57pm EST

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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Direct download: 3-1-19-Andy-Kindler-Emma-Vigeland-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:54pm EST

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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Direct download: 2-28-19-Milton_Allimadi-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:34pm EST

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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Direct download: 2-27-19-Cohen_Hearing-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:06pm EST

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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Direct download: 2-26-19-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:21pm EST

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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Direct download: 2-25-19-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:45pm EST

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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Direct download: 2-22-19-Matthew_Blackwell-pub.mp3
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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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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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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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Direct download: 2-12-19-Jonathan_Tepper-pub.mp3
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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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Direct download: 2-05-19-SOTU-2019.mp3
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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

And in the Fun Half: John from San Antonio is excited for a Bernie run, and has his own YouTube channel, Kamala Harris explains her dark truancy policy, Bernie's 1988 Soviet Union trip has been unearthed, Howard Schultz tilting at windmills 2020, Mike Bloomberg tells Schultz "this ain't it, chief," Elliot Abrams the point man in Reagan's Contras efforts is back to help Trump's efforts in Venezuela, Hugh Hewitt thinks overthrowing Maduro's government will bring Americans together, exploring Clinton's roll in the 2020 Democratic primary, plus a Sam Harris defender calls,

 

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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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:37pm EST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 2:10pm EST

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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Direct download: 1-15-19-Sam_Seder-Pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:38pm EST

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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Direct download: 1-14-19-Jack_Kelly-Pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EST