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

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

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Direct download: 11-05-18-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:51pm EST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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