The Majority Report with Sam Seder
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TODAY'S HEADLINES:
 
Five GOP lawmakers retire in just two weeks as Republicans brace for a wave of exits before the 2020 election.
 
Meanwhile, Ted Cruz begs Trump to give the rich another big tax cut after he’s done taking food stamps away from millions of Americans.
 
And lastly, California Governor Gavin Newsom thinks California has figured out a way to force President Trump to finally release his tax returns.
 
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Washington Post reports the Trump administration is set to announce that it will waive five different nuclear-related sanctions on Iran, preserving a key part of the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal.
 
Senate Democrats led by Tom Udall and Chuck Schumer rallied in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building on Tuesday to announce their plans to introduce a constitutional amendment to overturn the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision.
 
William Perry Pendley, Trump’s new head of the Interior Department's public lands agency, once championed selling off federally-owned plots. (EcoNews)
 
And from The Hill, the Trump administration wants to scrap restrictions on arsenic-laden waste from coal-fired power plants. The EPA has proposed lifting some regulations on coal ash, the residue left after burning coal, which is filled with hazardous substances that can leach into the water supply and cause health problems.
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Check out the MR crew's live coverage of the Democratic primary debate tonight starting at 7:45pm ET at twitch.tv/themajorityreport!

On today's show: Trump says he's the least racist person in the world. Trump says "the African American people" have been calling the White House, thanking him. Rush Limbaugh assures Fox & Friends audience that Trump is "not a racist." CNN pollster does centrism, says establishment Dems are worried Sanders and Warren are going too far left for the mainstream. (Counterpoint: the latest poll numbers.) Former Obama advisor Robert Wolf says most of the Dem candidates are moderates. Bernie pushes back on Kamala's "m4a" plan. Warren's trade policy proposal.

On the fun half: Nicholas Sarwark (@nsarwark), the chair of the Libertarian National Committee, joins Sam to discuss his potential run in the libertarian presidential primary. After assessing Sam's chances, the two have a spirited back and forth on healthcare policy, social security, and more.

Ben Shapiro complains about Bernie: "Greed is your religion." The crew dissects Dave Rubin's book. Mitch McConnell says calls of "Moscow Mitch" hurt his feelings. Ted Cruz booed at LAX because of ICE/kids in cages. Fox's Pete Hegseth says Rashida Tlaib has a "Hamas agenda." Supercut of Kamala Harris flip-flopping on m4a. Rand Paul says he'll pay for Ilhan Omar's trip back to Somalia.

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:
 
Republicans’ annual party retreat will take place in the same city President Trump recently called dangerous & filthy. (WaPo)
 
Meanwhile, rich parents in Chicago are literally giving up their kids to avoid paying full college tuition. (ProPublica)
 
And lastly, Mitch McConnell gets an excellent new nickname after blocking a bunch of bipartisan election security bills. (Axios)
 
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NBC News reports that an Instagram post connected to the 19-year-old who killed three people at a food festival in Northern California to a book that is a staple among neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
 
Also from NBC News, the Trump administration determined that more than 500,000 children would no longer be automatically eligible for free school meals under a proposed overhaul to the food stamp program, but conveniently left that figure out of its formal proposal.
 
2020 Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has announced a trade plan that would give labor and environmental groups more influence over trade deals; a major break from past Democratic administrations. (Politico)
 
And The Intercept reports that violence in Africa has spiked dramatically, with the number of “violent events” jumping 960 percent since the Pentagon started U.S. Africa Command operations in 2008.
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Jonathan M. Metzl (@JonathanMetzl), director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University, joins us to discuss his book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland.

On today's show: Trump signing 9/11 first responders bill, says he was down in FiDi during 9/11.

Jonathan M. Metzl (@JonathanMetzl) joins us to discuss his book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland. Metzl, a physician, wanted to understand why members of the white working class would vote against their own material interests, so he traveled to America's heartland. Looking at the role played by racism in pro-gun laws in Missouri, cuts to schools and social services in Kansas, and resistance to the ACA in Tennessee, Metzl examines the connection between racial resentment and policies that hurt all working class people, whites included.

On the fun half: Jake Tapper asks Bernie Sanders why he calls pharma c-suite "murderers." Tapper asks Rashida Tlaib if BDS is anti-Semitic and why she doesn't start a boycott of Egypt. Kamala Harris' disingenuous m4a proposal. Reddit thread shows how Dave Rubin has shadow banned "Sam Seder" from YT chats. Bernie Sanders explains diplomatic stance towards Israel. John Ratcliffe, new DNI chief, says he trusts Barr and Horowitz to get to the bottom of Obama administration's illegal surveillance of Trump. CNN anchor from Baltimore defends city after Trump's comments, chokes up. Baltimore woman asks why money is going to border and migrants while Baltimore struggles; Fox and Friends try to drive a wedge between US-born and foreign-born working poor.

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop
 
TODAY'S HEADLINES:
 
President Trump fires his Director of National Intelligence for telling the truth and then nominates a conspiracy theorist Yes Man for the job. (AlterNet)
 
Meanwhile, the number 3 ranked Senate Democrat calls for House to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump as nearly half of House Democrats now back an impeachment inquiry into the president. (TPM)
 
And lastly, Bernie Sanders tells CNN that he regrets voting for Joe Biden's 1994 “terrible” crime bill. (CNN)
 
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Politico reports the Supreme Court has lifted a lower court order blocking a key part of President Trump’s plan to expand his useless border wall with Mexico. (Politico)
 
From the AP; Nearly 1,400 people were detained in a violent police crackdown on an opposition protest in Moscow. This is the largest number of detentions at a rally in the Russian capital this decade. (AP News)
 
NBC News reports three people were killed, including a 6-year-old boy, and 15 were wounded Sunday after a gunman cut through a fence to avoid security and opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California. A suspect was shot and killed by police. A second suspect was still on the loose late Sunday. (NBC Bay Area)
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Digby (@digby56) and Anthony Fantano (@theneedledrop), host of the Needle Drop, join us!

On today's show: Trump walks into TP USA summit. TP USA uses fake presidential seal by accident.

Digby (@digby56), of Salon.com and Digby's Hullabaloo, joins us to talk Mueller hearings and the case for impeachment. As usual, Sam and Digby wonder what, exactly, the Democrats are smoking to be so risk averse at this point in the game.

Anthony Fantano (@theneedledrop), host of The Needle Drop, joins us to discuss Trump's efforts to free the rapper A$AP Rocky from Sweden's clutches. Anthony then discusses the relationship between pop and politics before giving personalized music recs to each member of the crew.

On the fun half: Trump says illegals are donning disguises and voting many times in California. Asked if she's trying to run the clock out on impeachment, Pelosi says no, "let's get sophisticated." Edited Ilhan Omar video shared by the right vs. what she actually said about the threat posed by white men. Donald Trump tells Hannity that Barr can share classified intel documents w/ Nunes. Hannity and Nunes speak in unison.

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop
 
TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Mitch McConnell shuts down a trio of election security bills ahead of 2020 as a new Senate report confirms Russia’s hacking campaign targeted all 50 states in 2016 

Meanwhile, pressure builds on Nancy Pelosi as the vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus calls for opening an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

And lastly, Maine Senator Susan Collins might back out of 2020 election as her approval rating plummets.

 
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New York Times is reporting that The Senate Intelligence Committee concluded Thursday that election systems in all 50 states were targeted by Russia in 2016, largely undetected by the states and federal officials at the time.

ProPublica reports three University of Mississippi students face a possible civil rights investigation after posing with guns in front of Emmett Till memorial.

CBS News reports Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate Mark Kelly ripped an initiative to make Tucson, Arizona a "sanctuary city," saying that he will not vote for the measure.

The Hill reports Oregon's governor has signed into law a bill that eliminates a waiting period for assisted suicide medications for patients with short life expectancies.

Washington Posts is reporting automakers from three continents have struck a deal with California to increase gas mileage standards for their U.S. fleets over the next six years, an agreement that could undercut one of the Trump administration’s most ambitious climate policy 

CNN announced that the network will hold a climate change town hall for Democratic 2020 presidential candidates — a move that comes after months of mounting pressure from the Democratic hopefuls and progressive organizations.

 
 
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Good morning, on today's Majority Report, Fernando Tormos-Aponte from Scholars Strategy Network joins Michael Brooks to discuss his recent piece in the Jacobin, "Puerto Rico Rises," to explain how the Puerto Rican people organized and mobilized for change in their government after leaks of Governor Ricardo Rosselló and his administration's callous communications. We're live at 12:00 pm EST.

Brooks and Tormos-Aponte begin the interview looking back at the now former governor, Ricardo Rossello, who Tormos argues has been bred for the governorship since his youth when his father, Pedro Rosselló, was governor of Puerto Rico and young Ricardo was educated at private schools and Ivy League schools in the States. Tormos-Aponte then details the leaked text group involving Rossello and his executives, which showed the government's corruption with its fiscal control board and the elected officials cruel remarks about Hurricane Maria victims and the LGBTQ community. But why did leaked group texts lead to the governor's resignation? Much of Puerto Rico's financial distress and growing poverty can be attributed to the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act or PROMESA, which established strict oversight of the island's finances and austerity leading to large cuts in the public sector. Beyond PROMESA's austerity, Puerto Ricans believe Rossello has not fought hard enough on their behalf, where budgets to education and law enforcement have been cut and the electrical grid privatized. According to Tormos-Aponte, the island has not seen such strong protests since 2001 when cross-sectional mass protests called for the removal of the US military from the island municipality of Vieques. Tormos-Aponte says the next steps in taking back the government are just as important as removing Rossello. This is a bottom up revolution that will investigate the debt issued to Puerto Rico and one that won't stop with Rossello, who "they know he's just a figurehead," says Tormos-Aponte. Brooks ends the interview asking how the continental 48 can extend solidarity to Puerto Rico. For Tormos-Aponte, it's a simple, advocate for a constitutional assembly in Puerto Rico decide its own future, whether that be statehood or outright independence.

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Anti-BDS measures are meant to drive wedge on the left, ICE terrorizes black and brown people to ethnically cleanse America, Cole James Cash tells all about his Jesse Lee Peterson experience, Bernie gives his pitch to the NAACP conference in Detroit, Trump's next big global peace efforts in Kashmir, ICE officers break a migrant's car window without a seizure warrant, Josh Hawley is seeding the ground for national socialism, plus your calls and IMs!

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop
 
TODAY'S HEADLINES:
 
Amid mass protests Puerto Rico’s governor finally announces his resignation, admitting he can no longer credibly remain in power. (TPM)
 
Meanwhile, President Trump vetos a a bi-partisan resolution to block arms sales to his good buddies in Saudi Arabia. (CNN)
 
And lastly, Nancy Pelosi denies the latest calls for Trump’s impeachment, following the testimony of special counsel Robert Mueller. (Politico)
 
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BuzzFeed News reports that a federal court judge in San Francisco on Wednesday blocked a policy banning asylum for thousands of Central Americans and others who cross through Mexico to reach the southern border, dealing a significant blow to the Trump administration’s effort to restrict immigration.
 
The Intercept is reporting Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner, who campaigned in 2017 as an unequivocal opponent of the death penalty, asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a legal filing Monday night to declare the state’s death penalty system unconstitutional.
 
AP reports that a federal judge blocked new abortion restrictions in Arkansas minutes before they were set to take effect Wednesday, including a measure that opponents say would likely force the state’s only surgical abortion clinic to close.
 
House of Representatives has approved an anti-robocalling measure that would make it easier for the government to impose tougher penalties on illegal robocallers and fraudsters. (The Verge)
 
And the Dallas Morning News has a story today about Francisco Erwin Galicia, a Dallas-born U.S. citizen, who spent 23 days in the custody of the U.S. Border Protection in conditions that made him so desperate he says he almost opted to self-deport.
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The MR Crew breaks down Robert Mueller's appearance in front of the House Judiciary Committee.

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