The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Good morning, today the MR crew breaks down the live news from Barr's Mueller Report press conference and the fight for the Democratic nomination's latest war of words between Bernie Sanders and the Center for American Progress. While the Mueller Report has ostensibly been released by the Department of Justice. However, to any shrewd political observer, Barr's press conference was a textbook demonstration of how a ruling party disseminates news. It's not a coincidence that Bill Barr gave a speech looking to exonerate Trump of any wrongdoing the day before the Easter and Passover holidays.

Taking a quick break from the Mueller Report, Sean McElwee from Data for Progress joins Sam to discuss the changing landscape and left-punching developing in the Democratic Party. For McElwee, this fight began with the DCCC decision to blacklist political vendors who work with candidates who primary sitting Democrats, even if that Democrats is an anti-choice right leaning official like Dan Lipinski. This decision has metastasized to an effort to squash the Justice Democrats and their desire to push the party left. It seems the Democratic leadership has forgotten the messages that won them the house in 2018: that they will concentrate on investigating Trump and advocate for voter rights policies like HR 1. Democratic leadership has capitulated to the bad faith Republicans demands to condemn and ostracize new Democratic members of Congress like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. McElwee believes the reactions to the 2018 midterms comes down to a generational divide in the new Democratic majority. Pelosi, Hoyer, and Cummings wish things could go back to the "Beltway as Usual" while AOC, Omar, and Jayapal are trying to push a more aggressive party with bold reform like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All. McElwee and Sam wrap their discussion with an insider's look into how the DCCC and Democratic leadership is presented and consumes polling in DC.

And in the Fun Half: Barr's interpretation of Mueller's Findings reminds us of the SCOTUS Citizen's United ruling from Justice Roberts, Even Fox News thinks Barr sounded like a defense attorney, AOC's spokesman explains why Appalachian coal miners would dig the Green New Deal, John Bolton receives thunderous applause for [checks notes] restricting travel to Cuba, Kamala Harris apologizes for the punitive truancy laws she enacted as California AG, Beto wants to address corporate concentration by leaving Amazon alone, Quilette wonders if the IDW is ideologically diverse and decides Dave Rubin is right wing, Dave Rubin defends his Ideas Only platform, Bernie's call to eliminate private insurance, plus your calls and IMs!

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David Dayen (@ddayen) joins us to discuss Wendell Primus, the top aide to Nancy Pelosi who is trying to destroy single payer healthcare.

On today's show: Gov. Cuomo to sign Child Victims Act into law in NY. Republicans block Democrat-led efforts to tighten state vaccine laws. Fox News is freaking out in the wake of Bernie's town hall. Seema Verma comes on and explains why America can't have Medicare For All.

David Dayen (@ddayen) joins us to discuss Wendell Primus, the top aide to Nancy Pelosi who is trying to destroy single payer healthcare. How Primus' position as a "member/staffer" gives him the power to block progressive legislation without ever winning an election. Primus' Clinton era resignation from the HHS and subsequent rightward drift. The persistent notion that Democratic Party leaders must be protected from progressive ideas. Democrats and Republicans' divergent approaches to dealing with their bases. How Primus intervened on the wrong side of a battle over drug prices. Will the DCCC's attempts to impose party discipline backfire? For more, check out Dayen's article on Wendell Primus at The Intercept. Also Chain of Title, his book on the foreclosure crisis, and The American Prospect, of which he is now the executive editor!

On the fun half: Trump says Ilhan Omar has been very disrespectful of America, implies she's not American. Former NY police commissioner says Ilhan Omar is "infatuated with Al Qaeda." Liz Warren brings donuts to Stop and Shop picket line. Jexodus is back, baby! Now led by Jeff Ballabon, not millennials. Jeff Ballabon claims that Democrats are harboring anti-Semitism. Mindy climbs aboard the Bernie train. Pete Buttigieg says tone is important when reforming capitalism. Protesters at Buttigieg rally do homophobic(?) protest with Pete whipping Jesus while Satan cheers him on. MSNBC has mind-obliteratingly empty conversation about the "buzz" around Mayor Pete. Tressie McMillan Cottom explains how Wall Street exacerbated the for-profit college problem. Tennessee protesters at Capitol after House GOP passed voter registraton criminalization. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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John Patrick Leary (@JohnPatLeary), Associate Professor of English at Wayne State University, joins us to discuss his book, Keywords: The New Language of Capitalism.

On today's show: Bernie dominates Fox News town hall with #MedicareForAll pitch. Trump reacts to Bernie's performance. Bernie's closing remarks, an impromptu call and response, says most Americans agree with his platform.

John Patrick Leary (@JohnPatLeary), Associate Professor of English at Wayne State University, joins us to discuss his new book, Keywords: The New Language of Capitalism. In this book, Leary explores how the business language of late stage capitalism puts a futuristic spin on old forms of exploitation. How words like "innovation," "human capital," "nimble," "passion" and "grit" conceal the exploitative relationship between workers and bosses. Also: the origins of the term "meritocracy" and why it's problematic.

On the fun half: Martha McCallum freaks out over higher taxes vs. paying insurance premiums. Art Laffer says raising taxes will hurt the economy, bring on a recession. Chart: Fallout from Laffer's Kansas tax plan. Eric Swalwell is running for the Democratic nomination, says he wants "a team of rivals" in his cabinet. Trump says he has ridden "many a truck." Glenn Beck says if Notre Dame was an Islamic attack, we probably won't hear about it. Melinda Gates claims her philanthropy has not had an outsized influence on education. A plug for Shahid Buttar, a democratic socialist hoping to primary Nancy Pelosi. Donate here! The massive and ongoing Stop and Shop strike. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Caitlin Rosenthal, Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, joins us to discuss her new book, Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management.

On today's show: Sarah Sanders says Congress isn't smart enough to look over Trump's tax returns.

Caitlin Rosenthal, Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, joins us to discuss her new book, Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management. While some think that capitalism worked at cross purposes with slavery, the two were intertwined for much of US history. By looking at the complex connections between New World slavery and early capitalist development, as well as elements that have carried over into modern management structures, Rosenthal shows how the institution of chattel slavery influences our system of production to this day.

The Democratic establishment attempts to discipline the progressive wing of the Party; Bernie Sanders fires back.

On the fun half: Trump says migrants will be shipped to sanctuary cities after holding period, threatens to throttle sanctuary cities with undocumented immigrants. Chris Wallace explains why the administration's new immigration plan would be illegal/unfeasible. Pelosi plays down influence of AOC wing of the Party, says "it's like five people." Daily Wire writer says drag is blackface, transgender people cheapen womanhood. Stephen Moore says capitalism is more important than democracy. Cardi B endorses Bernie because he's been consistent for a long time. Fox & Friends tell Andrew Yang UBI "robbing other people of their ability to be a self-made success story." Dan Crenshaw says attacks on him are "a new low in partisanship and dishonesty." Should the Democrats advocate jailing bosses who hire illegal immigrants?

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Sam is at the Torts Law Conference in Las Vegas. On Day Two, Sam speaks with Daniel Nigh and Archie Lamb of the firm Levin Papantonio about suits concerning faulty medications and the California wild fires. Also: Andrew Bederman, chair of the American Association for Justice PAC, on the unfair stigma around trial lawyers.

On the fun half: Supercut of Trump mentioning Wikileaks. Trump says Wikileaks is "not really my thing." Tulsi Gabbard warns against the DOJ extraditing Assange. Katie Porter stumps JP Morgan Chase's Jamie Dimon with questions about employee's income. Ayanna Pressley asks why banks still have overdraft fees and if CEOs believe they're a tool to punish the poor. Cindy Axne presses Dimon on why regulators should lower capital requirements. Trump supports Barr's spying claims. Ainsley Earhardt asks: If we found out Hillary Clinton's campaign was being spied on, don't you think everyone would be upset about that? NY Post weaponizes 9/11 to smear Ilhan Omar. Rep. Ilhan Omar fires back at Fox News on Colbert: "I am as American as everyone else." Dan Crenshaw "too busy" to talk benefits for victims of 9/11. Waleed Shaheed asks where Democratic leadership is in defending their progressive women leaders. Tomas Massie doesn't understand how a Bachelor's of Arts works.

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Sam is at the Trial Lawyer Conference in Las Vegas. Sam is joined by lawyers and movement leaders to discuss corporate malfeasance, a nationwide effort to extend statute of limitations for sexual abuse limitations, and the possibility of new and reformed human trafficking legislation. Sam will be back from Las Vegas again tomorrow with more tort lawsuit stories.

And in the Fun Half: the problems with the DOJ's extradition claims against Assange, Bill Barr is now the Trump Administration's fixer,

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Fox's Brian Kilmeade smears Rep. Ilhan Omar: "You have to wonder if she's an American first." Trump says Bibi re-election gives better chance of peace in Middle East. Dianna Buttu explains Palestnians' position on Israeli elections: "you either choose Trump or you choose Trump."

On the fun half: The crew addresses Bernie Sanders' book money. Trump visits George Washington's Mount Vernon estate, wonders why he didn't name it after himself. Tulsi Gabbard dodges interview with Ana Kasparian. Dave Rubin says he won't debate Sam. Candace Owens claims the Republican Party's Southern strategy wasn't real. Lee Atwater lays out Southern strategy in infamous 1981 interview. Mohammad Abu Salha recounts how his children were murdered by white nationalists. Steve Mnuchin gets served by Maxine Waters. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam discusses the Mueller investigation with Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald), journalist at The Intercept.

On today's show: Meghan McCain tells Joy Behar it's her job to listen to her.

Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald), journalist at The Intercept, joins Sam for a discussion of the Mueller investigation. The origins of the investigation. Should there have been an investigation? What's a scam and what's not? Glenn's critique of how the Mueller investigation was conducted, and how the media covered the story. What are the stakes? Should Sam apologize for having Marcy Wheeler on?

On the fun half: Netanyahu's party sends activists with body cameras to intimidate Arab voters. Judge blocks Trump's policy of making asylum-seekers remain in Mexico, purges Homeland Security officials for not being fashy enough. Trump says "our country is full." A discussion of Bernie Sanders, neoliberalism and "open borders." Sudanese protesters chant "revolution," call for the resignation of president al-Bashir. Ilhan Omar calls Stephen Miller a white nationalist, gets attacked by GOP. A plug for listener Cole James Cash's Ghetto News Network. Brazilians continue protests to free Lula. Should the left in the US and UK figure out what to do in the event of a right-wing coup? Henry Louis Gates Jr. says Trump admin is doing post-Reconstruction levels of voter suppression. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Dahr Jamail (@DahrJamail), author of The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption, joins us.

On today's show: Kirstjen Nielsen tells National Sheriffs' Association "don't believe the press" about treatment of immigrant children. NPR rehabilitating Neilsen image already: "Was this someone who believed in this policy?"

Dahr Jamail, staff reporter at Truthout, joins us to discuss his new book, The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption. What Jamail learned visiting locations around the world that are already experiencing the effects of climate change, like Alaska's glacier parks and Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The various factors contributing to the melting of glaciers and their practical effects on things like food prices. The politically destabilizing effects of climate change. Why the Green New Deal is better than nothing, but ultimately insufficient. The urgent necessity of a transition away from capitalism.

On the fun half: Trump, addressing Jewish Republicans, calls Netanyahu "your Prime Minister." Does the left need to do a better job appealing to "normies"? Trump calls asylum seekers "animals," says they look like they're "fighting for the UFC." Ali Velshi asks Howard Schultz if wealth inequality exists because of "political polarization." Obama warns against the "circular firing squad" among progressives. Katie Porter (D-CA) response to Obama: The resistance to new ideas is coming from leadership. Tim Ryan campaign launch: Russia is trying to divide us on social media. Larry Kudlow admits Stephen Moore has a "steep learning curve" ahead of him at the Fed. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Alex Pareene (@pareene) joins us in studio(!) and David Feldman (@David_Feldman_) joins us by phone.

On today's show: Howard Schultz's bs immigration plan: Check your ego at the door, Congress. Howard Schultz pablum: "We need to live our values." Schultz, Beto, and Buttigieg's lack of ideology. Pareene breaks down the career of Mitch McConnell, from his beginnings as a Rockefeller Republican to his eventual pivot to Reagan conservative. McConnell's goals of keeping money in politics and destroying the regulatory state. The conventional wisdom that Republicans are scared of their base, while Democrats hate theirs. McConnell stumbles; Meghan McCain defends him from our cruelty.

Comedian David Feldman joins us for a far-ranging discussion of the Democratic Party's "big tent" and Michael's budding romance with Bari Weiss. Also: Bill O'Reilly complains about millennials dancing at a Fleetwood Mac concert.

On the fun half: Fox's Charles Payne says minimum wage destroys work ethic. Schultz wants to "reform" the VA; Pete Hegseth says vets are asking for too many handouts. A DACA recipient tells us why he's leaving the US. The crew's thoughts on the effects of international aid from non-profits. Will raising taxes in the US cause capital flight, and if so, how to deal with it? Plus, your calls and IMs!

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