The Majority Report with Sam Seder

We are sending Marines to Syria. Why Paul Ryan wants to use repealing the ACA to give rich people tax cuts.

Richard Kahlenberg, a Senior Fellow at the Century Foundation explains why Betsy DeVos does not believe in public education. The myth of mass public school failure. The opportunity gap in public education. Why unregulated school choice is a problem. Why money well spent in public education works. Trump's plan to divert money to private schools. The plan for a backdoor voucher system. Opening the door to discrimination in public education. The myth of private school success. The erosion of democrats values and how to fight the Trump/DeVos plan to gut public education.

On The Fun Half: Mark Cuban gets ahead of Democrats on healthcare. The Democrats failing message on healthcare. Congressman Joe Kennedy III calls out Paul Ryan's cruelty. Republican Congressman is shockingly stupid. Scott Pruitt explains his plans to use the EPA to destroy the environment and public health and denies the role of human activity in climate change.

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Sean Spicer makes another deranged case for smaller government.

Journalist Nelson Denis, explains the one hundred year anniversary of Puerto Ricans getting citizenship in the United States. America's second class citizenship for Puerto Ricans. The colonial treatment of Puerto Rico in America. Puerto Rico and the Cold War. The Jones Act and imposed austerity on the island. The legal structure of wealth extraction from Puerto Rico. Charles Herbert Allen the first civilian governor of Puerto Rico. The financial control board and the false narrative about Puerto Rico. Corruption, austerity and privatization The movement for Puerto Rican independence and the need to reform the Jones.

On The Fun Half: International Women's Day protests. The EPA scraps science terminology from it's website. Trump's OMB Director thinks that "insurance is not the end goal". Donald Trump not committed to the new healthcare bill. The GOP's Medicaid hustle. The CEO insurance provision. The GOP health plan and crisis of lottery winners on Medicaid. Al Franken is concerned about Jeff Sessions lying to the Senate. The Trump Administration considers separating mothers from their children at the Mexican border and IMs.

 

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Alexis Goldstein (@alexisgoldstein) to discuss how Wall Street will rob us via the GOP and Trump Admin. Wall Street's professed values for diversity and "pinkwashing." How bankers thought nationalization was more of a possibility post-financial crisis than lawmakers did. The current significance of Dodd-Frank and the reality of "over-regulation" rhetoric. How DeVos and Ben Carson can cause damage despite not knowing anything.

Then, Michael Shure (@MichaelShure) on the prospects for the GOP's cobbled together Obamacare replacement. Why Michael thinks the replacement will die in the House.

On the fun half - Bob Beckel says Trump is losing it, Chaffetz thinks medical debt is because people like iPhone, Ben Carson has thoughts on brains and slavery (but apparently not housing), Seb Gorka thinks VOICE is "un-American."

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Democrats raise big money for a Congressional election in Georgia. Donald Trump gives advice to school children. The Republicans deregulate everything. Our country is about to be much sicker, polluted and corrupt. ICE terrorizes the undocumented and Steve Bannon's racist inspiration.

On The Fun Half: James Comey demands that the DOJ clarify that Obama did not phone tap Donald Trump. George Stephanopoulos loses patience with Sarah Huckabee. Mark Levin's conspiracy theory travels. Trump and Ukraine policy. Carter Page has another bizarre interview. Roger Stones and Alex Jones spin a new conspiracy  and your calls and IMs.

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Political strategist Cliff Schecter breaks down the ongoing fallout from the Sessions revelations. The many Russian connections to the Trump Administration. The oligarch Administration. Did Jeff Sessions admit he committed perjury? The connected interests between Russia and the United States.

Congressman David Nunes threatens the press for investigating the Russia story and what is happening with the FBI? The Administration's savage EPA cuts and Rand Paul wants to read the Obamacare bill.

Andy Kindler does the drugs. Kindler's new CNN war. Andy rips into Van Jones and Andy joins Sam and Michael in mocking Dennis Miller.

On The Fun Half: Carter Page is an odd fellow and raises more questions about the Trump Administration. Carter Page also claims his civil rights were violated. Jess Sessions recuses himself.

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Jeff Sessions met with the Russian ambassador and lied about it.

Rebecca Kolins Givan, an Associate Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at Rutgers University, explains the thinking behind the push for privatization. Privatizing profit and socializing risk. Finance and making money off of public health services. The Post Office and rural mail delivery. How workers can organize in the face of cost cutting and privatization and the possibility for organizing in spite of the assault on the public sector and the distinct types of union organizing.

On The Fun Half: Jeff Sessions issues a new denial about meeting with Russians. We mock Jeff Sessions. The time Paul Manafort gave a really unconvincing explanation about Russia. Nancy Pelosi says Sessions needs to go. Racism caught on tape. More police brutality and your calls and IMs.

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We mock Gorka. Trump is laughed at for claiming to drain the swamp. Trump demonizes immigrants. Van Jones major fail on CNN. The Democratic response is a major misfire. Why buying insurance across state lines won't help and why "access" to healthcare means nothing.

On The Fun Half: Gorka on whether Trump considers Islam a religion. Trump's dangerous new immigration proposal. The mainstream media buckles for Trump. Uber's CEO rants like a jerk to a Uber driver. Alex Jones drops more science and your calls and IMs.

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Why Keith Ellison would have represented a progressive move forward for the Democratic Party. Why did establishment Democrats invest so heavily in blocking progressives movements. Left politics and anti Trump politics. Betsy DeVos, praises Jim Crow education and ICE agents are unshackled and immigrants are under attack across the country.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump can't even answer a Fox & a Friends question. Trump can't answer a simple question on cutting Social Security. Trump blames Obama for his raid in Yemen that killed several children and a Navy Seal. When Republicans are in power , the politics of cultural grievance come back into style. Tucker Carelson and Bill Nye "debate" climate science. Texas State Sen. Don Huffiness, freaks out on High School students who understand public education. Bernie Sanders laughs at Trump for being a fool and your call IMs.

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Bhaskar Sunkara (@SunraySunray), founder of "Jacobin" magazine, joins us on the show today. Where we stand after 1 month of the radical President Bannon. How the GOP retweets nazis while democrats shy away from embracing socialist democracy. What it means when Bannon and Norquist reference Lenin. Tom Perez and the DNC's atrociously limited imagination.

On the fun half - Republicans get reamed at town halls across the country, Seb Gorka gets called a charlatan, more on Tom Perez, Reince Priebus argues with Chris Wallace, Mnuchin, and Grassley and Rubio get castigated at a town hall.

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Sean Illing (@SeanIlling) joins us to discuss his article in Vox, "Richard Rorty’s prescient warnings for the American left." Who is Richard Rorty? How the Vietnam War led to a split in the left and to more cultural concerns and the price the democrats have paid for abandoning redistributionary economics. The extent to which Trump (and even Bernie Sanders) has proven Rorty's predictions.

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