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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Robert Mueller throws in a last-minute request ahead of today's blockbuster testimony, and Republicans aren't happy about it. (NBC News)

The House votes to condemn the Boycott Israel Movement despite protests from Reps. Ilhan Omar And Rashida Tlaib. (BF News)

And lastly, Trump tells a crowd of confused right-wing teens that he has the Constitutional power to do “whatever I want as president.” Spoiler alert: He doesn’t! (BI)

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Bloomberg reports House Democrats have unveiled climate change goals that are a far cry from the ambitious Green New Deal being championed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives.

Right Wing Watch reports that Danielle Stella, a Republican candidate seeking to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar in 2020, is a firm believer in the QAnon conspiracy theories. 

The Hill reports that former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is now working for some of the same oil and mining companies he regulated while at the helm of the Department of Interior. 

And WaPo is reporting that government agencies in parts of Maryland are now banned from cooperating with ICE raids or investigations, in what advocates say is the strongest action taken in support of undocumented immigrants in the Washington DC region.

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Anthony Abraham Jack, Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard University, joins us to discuss his book, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students. 

On today's show: Ainsley Earhardt says waiters want tips, not wages; Brian Kilmeade says the waitstaff talent scouts might hear about you, too.

Anthony Abraham Jack, Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard University, joins us to discuss his book, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students. Elite colleges and universities have begun admitting a more racially and economically diverse range of students in recent years. But once they get there, these students face difficulties that are not being addressed. From campus culture to food insecurity, Jack explores the areas in which colleges must improve if they want to adequately support students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

On the fun half: Predictions for how the Democrats will screw up tomorrow's Mueller hearings. Larry Kudlow says there's nothing to raise wages like private sector growth. Matt Walsh argues for a $0 minimum wage after negative McDonald's experience. Trump says he could wipe out Afghanistan and win the war in 10 days. Fake Susan Collins campaign ad: "Disappointed." ICE attempted to bring a TN man into custody; his neighbors formed a human chain to protect him and his son. Nadler says Mueller doesn't need to listen to DOJ request to remain within boundaries. DeBlasio says ConEd should become a public utility.

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Democrats and Trump agree on a budget deal that neither side will be completely happy with. (PBS)

Meanwhile, DOJ officials tell Robert Mueller make his congressional testimony on Wednesday as pointless as possible. (Splinter)

And lastly, Trump turns the cartoon super-villainy up to eleven, as the White House makes plans to take food stamps away from over 3 million Americans. (Daily Beast)

 

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NBC News reports Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her family have seen profits soar since Trump’s deregulation efforts and his massive tax cuts for the rich.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday predicted an imminent economic crisis unless the Trump administration and Congress quickly pass legislation to regulate the financial sector and significantly reduce middle class household debt.

Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Jerry Nadler introduced a bill on Tuesday that would expunge marijuana-based convictions and use tax revenue to help create trust funds for communities impacted by the War on Drugs. (Daily Beast)

Vice reports that 26% of all climate change references have vanished from .Gov sites since Trump took office.

And Axios reports that a Louisiana police officer who suggested on Facebook that Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez should be shot was fired from his job, along with a second officer who liked his post.

 

 

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On today's show: Ron Johnson says "love it or leave it" wasn't racist in the 60s. White House's Mercedes Schlapp: Trump is not a racist, he "stands with the people who support him." Stephen Bannon: core of Trump's platform is "deconstruction of the administrative state." Sam breaks down how Trump's been doing this and the threat it poses.

On the fun half: John from San Antonio on the latest primary polls. Con Ed foists intentional blackout on Canarsie; residents are pissed. Stephen Miller tells Chris Wallace Omar and squad are not patriotic, calling the country "garbage;" Chris Wallace pulls up old Trump tweet where he says the same thing about Obama. Cole James Cash on his impending Jesse Lee Peterson appearance. Mimi Rocha says Bernie Sanders makes her skin crawl. Dave Rubin destroyed by orbs and logic. Greg Abbott signs Texas Chik Fil A "free speech" bill into law. TP USA graphic is helping to abolish the electoral college. Hong Kong mob of "white shirts" beat up protesters who want greater autonomy from China.

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Puerto Rico's governor says he’ll finish his term, will not run for reelection next year (Miami Herald)

Most Americans disagree with Trump's "go back" tweets (CBS News

Immigrants and their kids founded 45% of U.S. Fortune 500 companies (New American Economy)

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Axios reports Jared Kushner will travel to Jerusalem and several other capitals in the Middle East next week to discuss how to move forward with the Trump administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.

WaPo is reporting that congress is nearing a federal budget deal that would include few—if any—immediate spending cuts, and would lift the debt limit for two years.

AFP reports Israel began demolishing a number of Palestinian homes south of Jerusalem early Monday, a move which has drawn international concern.

And the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said in a statement that the Trump administration plans to revise the U.S. citizenship test to ensure that "it continues to serve as an accurate measure of a naturalization applicant's civics knowledge.” (NPR)

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Trump disavows his own supporters?

Good morning, Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), host of the Benjamin Dixon show joins us today. Benjamin explains why even if Trump is defeated he has left sustained body blows on America, is the media starting to understand the Republican Party? Bill Barr backs Donald Trump and are our institutions failing? Joe Biden in trouble? Benjamin and Sam make debate predictions, of course never believe Trump apologies and the money behind the far right culture war.

On the Fun Half: Ilhan Omar is welcomed home in Minneapolis and gives an inspiring address. Marco Rubio, tests an incredibly lame defense of Republican racists. Debunking the Ilhan Omar anti semitism lies. A caller explains the future of the heartland and the climate crisis. Ronald Raygun, has a Rubin style insight. What type of campaign will 2020 be? Alan Dershowitz, explains he has a "perfect sex" record. Sanders, Warren and labor. Dan Crenshaw, does lame propaganda against raising the Minimum Wage and your calls & IMs.


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Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks Chicago Live Show, with special guest Chuck Mertz of This is Hell on August 24th here!

Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with an introduction by Michael Brooks!

Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES: 

House Dems warn Omar in 'imminent danger' after Trump rally chants (POLITICO)

Trump Nominates Antonin Scalia’s Son as Labor Secretary (Mother Jones)

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris will face off again as lineups for CNN Democratic primary debates are set (CNN)

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Axios is reporting that John Delaney's senior team sat him down and told him to drop out of the presidential race by mid-August. Delaney’s reportedly spent nearly $19 million as a 2020 candidate since 2017.

The House on Thursday passed legislation to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, following through on a key Democratic campaign promise and ending a six-month struggle within the caucus. (POLITICO)

The Hill reports that the Pentagon is preparing to deploy 500 troops to Saudi Arabia amid escalating tensions with Iran.

New York Times is reporting that after years of legal wrangling, the E.P.A. will not ban Chlorpyrifos, a pesticide which has been linked to developmental disabilities.

And lastly, Five-Thirty-Eight reports that there is only one US senator more unpopular that Susan Collins and that is Senate Majority leader, and self proclaimed Grim Reaper of of all things good… Cocaine Mitch McConnell.

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Good morning, joining Michael Brooks this Thursday on the Majority Report is Ben Burgis, author of Give Them an Argument: Logic for the Left, to discuss the 2020 Democratic candidates and their particular uses of logic to attract voters before they head to the polls. With the second round of Democratic debates only 2 weeks away, Michael and Ben examine how the format can be improved and better inform prospective voters. Burgis believes the debates have fallen to a state of "he said, she said" format where follow-up questions are little more than trivia. Burgis then explains what logic and rhetoric means in political discourse. Logic is the substance of your arguments while rhetoric is the way you describe those arguments. Burgis argues that logic without rhetoric is ineffective to convince people, but rhetoric without logic is like a gift wrapped box with nothing in it, aka Ben Shapiro. Burgis and Brooks look into some of the logically inconsistent arguments developing in the 2020 campaign, including the Medicare for All versus Medicare for Those Who Want It. In all polling on healthcare, the question is never "do you like your health insurance?" it's always "are you satisfied with your coverage?" which does not address people's real problems with their healthcare like keeping their doctor, actually using their insurance, and the complexities of in-network navigation, billing, or claims processing. But how do you convince someone who prefers reform over structural change? Burgis believes this is a hard argument to make because the details of Warren's "plan for that" platform is more palatable for voters who see structural reform as unrealistic, despite the fact that means-tested programs are always culled after they're initiated.

And in the Fun Half: Meghan McCain found a way to make the Squad v. Trump development about her agency, beyond 2020: removing the conditions that brought Trump, Bernie Sanders explains why the M4A criticism of "it can't be done" is baseless, Dave Rubin clip of the day, Puerto Rico is due statehood, diet and wellbeing in a socialized healthcare system, Lindsey Graham says a MAGA Somali would be a celebrity at the Trump White House, Ilhan Omar explains why Trump is both a racist and a fascist, Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein party at Mar-A-Lago, the next steps in forming a new Sudanese government, 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: 

TrumpRally Erupts in Raucous Chants of ‘Send Her Back’ as Trump Goes After Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar (The Root)

Rand Paul blocks funding bill for 9/11 victims over hypocritical budget concerns. (ThinkProgress)

House Democrats voting to hold Barr, Ross in contempt. (Hill)

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

Joshua Trees are being wiped out by Climate Change (Earther)

Ebola Outbreak in Congo is declared a global health emergency (NYT)

DNC warns 2020 campaigns not to use FaceApp developed by Russians (CNN)

Democrats ask Labor Department to investigate Amazon warehouses (The Hill)

Widespread, oppressive and dangerous heat to roast much of the U.S. through the weekend (WaPo)

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On today's show, Elie Mystal, Executive Editor at Above the Law, joins us to discuss his cover story in the Nation, "Donald Trump and the Plot to Take Over the Courts."

Sam and Mystal take a 30,000 ft. view of Trump's judicial maneuvers before moving to particular judges and their legal records on the bench. Trump and McConnell have confirmed at least 123 federal judges, including 41 to the circuit court of appeals judges. 14% of all federal judges are Trump judges, and 22% of all circuit court judges are Trump appointees. McConnell was a huge roadblock for Obama entire legal project, with 116 vacancies at the end of Obama second time. With the benefit of hindsight, Sam and Mystal agree that the liberal progressive movement has not done the organizational work needed to bring left-leaning judges and lawyers to the federal bench. According to Mystal, the GOP knows how to play this game, the Federalist Society and Judicial Crisis network know how to slam liberal organizations like the American Constitution Society and ACLU as unhinged leftists.

Shifting gears, Mystal explains why your region's circuit court of appeals is the most instrumental in determining your state's laws. The final arbiter on the laws that affect your day-to-day life is your circuit court, the Supreme Court does not need to see every case that is appealed beyond the circuit court, leaving the final ruling at the circuit court. Mystal then breaks down Trump's worst of the worst confirmed judges. Starting with Don R. Willits, appointed to the 5th circuit, was once called the "most conservative" judge on the Texas Supreme Court by religious-right leader James Dobson of Focus on the Family. Willits has consistently ruled against LGBT protections in Texas and refused to recognize same-sex marriage licenses awarded in other states. Next up, Chad Readler. Readler was Jeff Sessions "right-hand man" in the DOJ's civil division where he defended Trump and Sessions' child-separation policies and ending DACA protections. And lastly, we have Amy Barrett, the handmaiden. Mystal says that conservatives have been saving Amy Barrett as their ace-in-the-hole for when Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies. Barrett will be the one who allows the GOP court to overturn 40+ years of precedent when they abolish Roe v. Wade and a whole host of other reproductive rights. Read the entire piece to get a better understanding of why the left needs to organize around the judicial system!

And in the Fun Half: Sam contemplates if he's having a stroke, Bernie isn't making friends at Washington Post 2020 Candidate forum, and won't be caught in a gotcha moment about bussing either, Dave Rubin gets Marianne Williamson on his program and it didn't go as planned, Marianne explains reparations and restitution for slavery, Rubin gets schooled, he pivots and takes her into the deep end on Iran, but Marianne sinks him instead, Elizabeth Warren asks why the acting Defense Secretary won't commit to ending relationships with his former employers at Raytheon, a Palantir co-founder calls Google and its employees "not a patriotic company," Emerald Garner delivers a powerful statement calling for Officer Pantaleo job to be terminated, how Bill Barr quashed the DOJ's investigation into Garner's death, plus no calls and no IMs!

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Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks Chicago Live Show, with special guest Chuck Mertz of This is Hell on August 24th here!

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Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes

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