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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), Judy Gold (@JewdyGold), Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) and Isabel Gillies (@isabelgillies) join us for the final Casual Friday of 2018!

On today's show: GoFundMe wall man says the wall is in our constitution. Benjamin P. Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), of Progressive Army and The North Star, joins us to discuss the latest news from Washington: Mattis resigns, Trump pulls out of Syria, and more. Stephen Miller goes full Stormfront (w/o spray hair), asks "how many people have to die?" before we build the wall. Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) joins us to wish this year good riddance. Trump explains why he needs wall funding in the spending budget: we'll be overrun by literal coyotes.

Film Guy Matthew (@langdonboom) and Isabel Gillies (@isabelgillies) join us to give us some movie recommendations for the break, including: Roma, Ozark, and Amour. The crew also recommends Thomas Sunkara documentary Land of Upright Men, Narcos, Escape at Dannemora, and late capitalist masterpiece Spring Breakers.

On the fun half: David Cicilline criticizes Kirstjen Nielsen for not knowing how many children have been separated at the border. Ted Lieu explains that immigrants commit less crime than native-born Americans. Louie Gohmert defends family separation, says it's what Mueller is doing to Manafort. Brian Kilmeade says Trump is "refounding ISIS." Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Joining Michael Brooks on today's program is Kelly Weill from the Daily Beast to discuss her latest deep dive into the alt-right, "How YouTube Built a Radicalization Machine for the Far-Right." While YouTube's algorithm can be a great tool to learn how to hang shelves or paint a wall properly, it can also radicalize gamer teens and draw them into far-right ideas before they even know it. And there's no way out of YouTube's algorithm--there is no opt-out. Weill's reporting delves into the company's business model and explains how the far right online community perpetuates and builds up an echo-chamber via the YouTube algorithm. Some of the subjects interviewed were teens when they began watching Call of Duty videos which led to atheism video and eventually from there to race science and ethno-nationalist content. Weill posits that YouTube's problem is not primarily its content, but rather how its algorithm promotes content--the most radical videos will keep you watching, and that's all the algorithm objective, to keep you online.

Michael and Kelly then open up the conversation to regulating the digital media and social media spaces. How do we effectively regulate these monopolies? Nationalize them? Break them up? Government oversight? Finally, Michael and Kelly contemplate how platforms like YouTube have brought back certain questions that some time ago were exorcized from society. How do we draw the line between disengaging from these questions so as to not lend them credence while making sure that the vulnerable do not fall into the traps created by those with hateful ideologies?

And in the Fun Half: forecasting the inevitable 2019 UK general election, Brian Kilmeade: Middle East Foreign Policy Expert, the Texas English curriculum, the challenges of deplatforming and the first amendment, Paul Ryan says Trump is rejecting the Senate's short term spending bill, an update on Lula's imprisonment, Steven Pinker loves the Niskanen centrist plan of action, Elon Musk's Boring Loop lives up to its name, Jordan Peterson cried after eating his cousin in a dream, plus your lovely calls and IMs!

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On today's show: Sam teases his debate with Brandon Straka of #WalkAway. Sarah Huckabee Sanders says we'll build the wall by taking funds from other departments. Fox and Friends guest Michael Goodwin suggests Trump voters crowdfund the wall. Jared Kushner gets behind federal prison reform because his dad is in federal prison. Ex-Republican explains why he walked away from the racist GOP. Elizabeth Warren introduces proposal to have the government make prescription drugs.

On the fun half: Simone Sanders explains how the "crisis at the border" is right wing talking point. John from San Antonio shares a personal experience with the US healthcare system. The connection between the criminalization of migration, NAFTA, and declining wages. Mother Jones EIC Clara Jeffery spreads lies to undermine Bernie. Tucker Carlson defends his show as advertisers flee; should anyone on the left care about "slippery slope" arguments re: speech? Mollie Hemingway says there was no collusion in Russia because Trump has no business there...now here's CNN's Chris Cuomo with a copy of a Moscow Tower letter of intent with Trump's signature. Judge Jeanine praises Flynn's judge. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Journalist and author Rebecca Traister (@rtraister) joins us to discuss her latest book, 'Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger.'

In this book, Traister traces the influence of female anger throughout US history. From the early suffragettes who marched on the White House, to the Lowell mill girls who contributed greatly to the US labor movement, to the #metoo movement and the Women's March, Traister traces how woman's anger has made a positive impact on US politics and society, despite being dismissed and delegitimized by a patriarchal culture.

On the fun half: A roundtable discussion of de-platforming as a tool to fight fascism. Dave Rubin interviews self-hating Imam Mohammad Tawhidi. Joe Biden says billionaires aren't all bad guys...they're just as patriotic as the working class. Should Angela Nagle be shunned by the left for her terrible immigration take? Anand Giriharadas calls out EY for sponsoring Saudi Davos in the desert after Khashoggi killing. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Andrew Delbanco, professor of American Studies at Columbia University, joins us to discuss his book, The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul From the Revolution to the Civil War.

On today's show: Giuliani has many gaffes...and here's a compilation of them! Judge Napolitano says Flynn was trapped, not entrapped.

Andrew Delbanco, professor of American Studies at Columbia University, joins us to discuss his book, The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul From the Revolution to the Civil War. In this book, Delbanco tracks how fugitive slaves forced the northern states to recognize their role in the brutal institution of slavery. From the writing of the constitution onward, federal statutes contained many compromises and omissions where slavery was concerned. With the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850, the north was forced to play a more active role in keeping people in chains, ultimately catalyzing wider opposition to slavery and hastening the dissolution of the union.

On the fun half: Outgoing WI governor Scott Walker uses a nonsensical Venn diagram to justify the GOP's power grab. Stephen Miller says the ACA is unconstitutional...but not as unconstitutional as his goofy, spray-on hair. "Big, big victory": Trump reacts to judge ruling ACA unconstitutional. Amy Klobuchar explains why the GOP ACA lawsuit is bad for Americans, still won't come out in favor of Medicare-for-all. Stephen Miller says Trump would be happy to shut down the government for border wall, falsely invokes "the working class." TX elementary school speech pathologist fired for refusing to sign pro-Israel oath. NYC city council member asks Amazon reps why they need $3 billion tax incentive, helipad. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Digby (@digby56) and Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler ) join us.

Bernie Sanders announces Yemen resolution, War Powers Act used for the first time.

Heather "Digby" Parton (@digby56) joins us to break down the latest news from Washington. Kirstjen Nielsen blames migrants for 7-year-old's death. Will this be impetus for change? Michael Cohen sentenced to three years in prison. Judge Napolitano debunks all of Fox and Friends' Trump defenses. Andy Kindler (@andykindler) joins us for a classic Dennis Miller mock-a-thon.

On the fun half: John Solomon claims someone threw a taco at him on his way to Fox Business studio. Cohen says history will look fondly upon him to "bring this country together." Michael Cohen says he must now be the hero: "this task has fallen on me." Toobin blasts Rick Santorum for hypocrisy of defending immoral Donald Trump. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Joining the Majority Report's Michael Brooks today to discuss MBS, Trump, and US-Turkey relations is Steven A. Cook,  a senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Cook and Brooks look into how the Khashoggi murder has led to a large outpouring of moral outrage in DC and it has mobilized action against the Saudis actions in Yemen. But where was that outrage against the Saudis in 2015 when the war in Yemen began? Cook explains how the Houthis and Saudis have been opponents since the 1930s.

Cook and Brooks then break down the US history and involvement in the Arabian peninsula and how the infamous underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, brought the Saudis war in Yemen to Obama's attention--precipitating American involvement in the Saudis' war. Cook also recounts his 2018 trip to Saudi Arabia and what Saudis thought about MBS, his plans for reform, and the war effort in Yemen prior to the Khashoggi killing. Cook was surprised to find out after the Khashoggi killing that Saudis saw criticism of MBS as typical behavior from the US media and an unfair treatment of their heir apparent. In his latest Foreign Policy piece, "Mohammed bin Salman Is Worse Than a Criminal. He’s a Symbol," Cook looks to explain to Saudis why Americans were outraged by the Khashoggi murder. According to Cook, MBS is stunned by the reaction to Khashoggi. Cook believes this might be the case because MBS and his leaders are closest advisors were not educated by leading western institutions like his predecessors and peers. Ideally, the Khashoggi murder should be a moment to shine a light on larger atrocities perpetrated by the Saudis, instead of a new low in what crimes America allows the Saudis to commit. Cook and Brooks wrap the interview looking forward to what's next in the Mueller probe as the investigation begins to explore the connections between Middle Eastern political operatives from the Saudis to the Emiratis and the Israelis.

And in the Fun Half: Meek Mill's new album is a banger, Iran's human rights record is not the issue with Khashoggi, Trump the Speed Freak, how far the Mueller investigation will go, why Neera Tanden and Center for American Progress is giving Charles Murray's think tank (American Enterprise Institute) thousands of dollars, Elon on the verge of tears talking about freedom of speech, Jamie Dimon doesn't give a shit about you or your economy, corporate astroturf campaigns to kill Medicare for All, an update on Nigerian elections, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-13-18-Steven_Cook-pub.mp3
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Sam debates libertarian politics with activist and presidential candidate Adam Kobkesh (@adamkokesh). 

On today's show: Trump says refugees and asylum seekers are bringing disease and illness...Trump wants legal immigraton (while shutting down all legal avenues). Claire McCaskill says Schumer is a great Senate minority leader because he lets members vote however they need to.

Libertarian Adam Kokesh (@adamkokesh), of FreedomLine.com, joins us for a spirited exchange of ideas. Topics covered include: What do libertarians believe? What's their problem with the state's monopoly on violence? How do they propose to set up society in the absence of a centralized state authority? What does Sam find problematic about their political program?

On the fun half: Ann Coulter says the Democratic Party is united by "hating white men." Michael Cohen is going to jail! Here's a CNN montage of GOP officials shrugging off Trump campaign finance crimes. Rep. Steve King asks Google CEO Sundar Pichai for names of employees to see if they're liberals, demands to know why his granddaughter's iPhone shows negative ads about him. NBC rehabs Nikki Haley, lets her explain how she was effective under Trump. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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New York Magazine's Eric Levitiz (@EricLevitz) joins us to discuss his latest piece, 'The GOP Is Making Its Contempt for Democracy Clear. Will the Mainstream Media?'

On today's show: Sam takes apart Ezra Klein's mea culpa for being hoodwinked by Paul Ryan. Why did Klein take Ryan's "fiscal responsibility" seriously when others, like Paul Krugman, saw through it?

Eric Levitz joins us to discuss his latest piece for New York Magazine, The GOP Is Making Its Contempt for Democracy Clear. Will the Mainstream Media? In this piece, Levitz explores how the media downplays GOP extremism, pointing the finger at news outlets that took the North Carolina GOP at its word when it asserted its efforts to disenfranchise voters were aimed at "fighting voter fraud." Given that one party is openly opposed to liberal democracy, Levitz argues, it's crucial for "objective" news sources to investigate their claims, rather than give them a neutral platform to spew extremist lies.

Sam accepts Brandon Straka (of #WalkAway)'s challenge to go on his show and debate him.

On the fun half: Dan Bongino fired from NRA TV; we recap his beef with Vic Berger. Trump threatens to shut down the government over the wall. (DO IT, says Jamie.) Jared Kushner says the White House has moved on from Khasshogi murder. In Brexit news, EU commission says they will not reintegrate; meanwhile, Teresa May hides in a car. The Mooch says he doesn't believe QAnon, then says sometimes Q is right. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Bernard E. Harcourt (@BernardHarcourt), the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of  Law and Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, joins us to discuss his new book, 'The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens.'

On today's show: Gavin McInnes loses his CRTV show, is now unemployed. Fox and Friends say Trump can't fill vacancies because DC is expensive and government officials are underpaid.

Bernard E. Harcourt (@BernardHarcourt), the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of  Law and Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, joins us to discuss his new book, 'The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens.' In this book, Harcourt traces the origins of our current militarized police state back to counter-insurgency methods used by colonial powers like France against Maoist insurrections like the Algerian Revolution. These include torture, "total information," and the idea that an occupying force must win the "hearts and minds" of a country's civilian population. After 9/11, the US military adopted these tactics and used them domestically as well as abroad.

On the fun half: Protesters interrupt "clean fossil fuels" panel at Poland Climate Summit. Fox News says there's no smoking gun after James Comey testimony...Trump tweets "no smocking gun" a few minutes later. Chuck Todd asks Tony Evers if he's reached out to Scott Walker and tried to negotiate with him. Drunk Columbia student cries over the accomplishments of the West in racist tirade. Rhode Island school system using collection agency to collect lunch debts. A libertarian argues with Sam about school lunches. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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