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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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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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Read: Thomas B. Edsall on why the Right understands labor's power better than the left

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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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