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Today, writer and editor David Klion (@DavidKlion) joins us to discuss how the left should orient itself to the Trump/Russia investigation. The thriving ecosystem of russia conspiracy theory and disinformation. What's 'real' with the Russia story with regard to both 'collusion' and money-laundering? How the real story should be focused on the anti-democratic nature of global neoliberalism.

On the fun half - Joe Scarborough is finally saying Trump has dementia, Roy Moore blames pedophilia accusations on leftists and LGBT people, The Federalist says vote for him, Trump is easily distracted by his own personality while discussing tax policy and nuclear war, and your calls and IMs!

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On today's show, Sam speaks with Michael Hardt, author of the book 'Assembly (Heretical Thought)' about how grassroots, non-hierarchical movements like Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter could become more politically effective and what lessons we can take from them as we fight for everything from daily survival to the abolition of capitalism. Sam also addresses Mike Cernovich's attempts at cooking up a scandal based on an old tweet of his.

On the fun half: A caller reminds us the moon landing was faked, Senator Lindsey Graham threatens to nuke all of Asia if we get into a war with North Korea, Bernie pwns Ted Cruz on the Republican tax bill, a tech CEO says corporate tax cuts do NOT create jobs or raise wages, Sean Hannity whines about the terrible pictures of him that New York Magazine used, and alt-righter Lucian Wintrich tackles a woman for stealing his notes.

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On today's Majority Report, Jack Schneider, a professor of education at College of the Holy Cross, joins us to discuss why test scores alone are not a good indicator of school quality. After growing weary of seeing state data used improperly, he came up with a new metric that takes into account many factors including a school's teachers, culture, academics, resources, and services geared towards students' character and well being. Schneider also explains why some charter schools produce better test scores, yet see larger numbers of their students drop out once they get to college.

On the fun half: Ronald Raygun critiques Sam's looks, Tammy apologizes to Janeane, SNL is fomenting a "leftist" revolution to bring back President Obama, Greg complains about our unfair treatment of libertarians, Jeff from GA is opening a library in Sam's name, more on the downsides of charter schools, Sam debunks the notion that raising taxes on grad students will drive down tuition, and James O'Keefe tries to "gotcha" WaPo with a fake Roy Moore accuser and fails miserably.

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Good day! On today's Majority Report, the MR crew breaks down the news, including: The archbishop of Canterbury doesn't understand why American evangelicals support Trump, Bill Kristol finds his inner careerist on Twitter, Ben Wittes of the Brookings Institute figures out Trump is bad, and neocon David Frum is equally disingenuous. Come back and talk to us when you #NeverTrumpers bring something to the table.

On the fun half: John from San Antonio thinks the Democrats can overcome gerrymandering, Sam will win the lottery before Trump is impeached, Ronald Raygun bemoans the low bar for entry into #theresistance (and workshops an idea for a movie), Mulvaney is going to "drain the swamp" by destroying the CFPB, Breitbart's Joel Pollack defends Roy Moore with an analogy to Ringo Starr, Jamie discusses socialist feminism with Tammy from Texas, Geraldo thinks Trump is "punching down" at Time Magazine, and the gang discusses the false dichotomy between class and identity.

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Today, historian William Hogeland joins us to discuss his book "Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion That Opened the West."

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For members, Bernie Sanders once again joins Sam on Air America to talk about GOP plans to repeal the estate tax, from 6-7-06.

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Christopher Glazek (@SeeGlazek) joins us to talk about his article in Esquire, 'THE SECRETIVE FAMILY MAKING BILLIONS FROM THE OPIOID CRISIS.'

For members, segments from Air America archives episode 8-17-04, Bernie Sanders talks with Sam and Jeanine about GOP tax cruelty followed by Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping.

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On today's show, Sam addresses an investigation into Matt Taibbi that seems to totally exonerate him of Sexual harrassment charges, the crew discusses Charlie Rose's grossness, John Conyers pays off his harassment victims with taxpayer dollars, the gang mocks and sounds alarm bells over census bureau nominee Thomas Brunell and his awful book, the FCC is going to hell and taking net neutrality with it, and the Republicans threaten the role of blue slips in blocking judicial nominees.

On the fun half: More discussion of sexual harassment, a caller wonders if the Democrats will learn all the wrong lessons from Ralph Northam's victory, Alex Jones is breeding an army of conspiracy theorist super soldiers, a homophobic group invites a rainbow flag dancer to perform, congressman Greg Gianforte assaults a reporter and lies to the cops about it, Stephen Moore defends Roy Moore, and the Simpsons predicted Dennis Miller's descent into madness. Also: Trump wants to end a work program for Haitians devastated by the 2010 earthquake, Ray from Westchester defends his county's liberal-ness, the government is taking people's driver's licenses away for unpaid student loans, an IMer writes a Yelp review of Matt, and another IMer explains why anarcho-communism is the only solution to the violent contradictions of late capitalism.

 

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On today's show, labor historian Jefferson Cowie joins us to talk about his book "The Great Exception: The New Deal and the Limits of American Politics." While the New Deal is often held up as the model for progressives to shoot for, it came out of an exceptional period from the 1930s to the 1970s when politics were focused on collective, economic well being. It was also the result of a compromise that excluded African Americans from most of its benefits. In this interview, Cowie describes the 20th century trajectory from collectivism to individualism and posits new tactics for the future.

On the fun half: Jon from San Antonio discusses the effect the Republican tax plan will have on rents, Senator Lamar Alexander defends trickle down economics against all evidence, Ronald Raygun conveys critiques received via Twitter, homophobic lawmaker Wes Goodman is a huge hypocrite, Bill Kristol pretends to be offended by Trump's racism, people celebrate Mugabe's ousting, and the crew ponders whether or not we're headed for revolution. Also: the crew discusses Al Franken and rape culture, and a caller tells us about the first woman mayor of New Orleans.

 

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Good morning everyone, on today’s show Digby (@digby56) joins us to discuss the Republicans' tax plan, which would actually raise taxes on families making less than $75,000/year and give those ill-gotten gains directly to Ivanka Trump. Then, comedian Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) joins us to let it all out regarding the Al Franken story, Trump's absurdly hypocritical tweet, Christian hypocrisy on Roy Moore, sexism in the comedy world, and more. Also: Disgraced former DHS official Jamie Johnson's not-at-all novel take on why the blacks hate the Jews, and Jim Bakker tries in vain to stop the war on Christmas, which we have basically won already.

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On today's show, the one and only Janeane Garofalo joins us to talk about how to deal with your conservative family at Thanksgiving...or not! Plus: Al Franken's sexual harassment allegation, that story about the "fuck Trump" bumper sticker, Trump's dry mouth, Sean Hannity's attempts to save face over his treatment of Roy Moore, Janeane and Michael argue about Ayn Rand, and Janeane and Jamie argue about the media's coverage of sexual misconduct. Oy!

On the "fun" half: Senator Chris Murphy discusses the crisis in Yemen, more on how to spend Thanksgiving with assholes, Janeane critiques Sam's sartorial choices, some callers get froggy, and a brief nod to the idea of changing hearts and minds.

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Good morning. On today's show, author Maryn McKenna joins us to discuss how the humble chicken went from a household egg producer/occasional meal to a grotesque, antibiotic-laden frankenfood foisted on the U.S. population. To wit: In 1977, the government issued dietary guidelines telling people to eat less saturated fat, which led to a bump in demand. After WW2, a scientist from Lederle Laboratories had the bright idea to sell an excess supply of antibiotics to the meat industry to make chickens grow faster. They even dipped the meat in antibiotics before packaging it for sale. This gave rise to strains of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Whoops! Thankfully, there are now some regulations around antibiotic use in animal agriculture and a growing movement against things of that nature, but factory farmed meat is still problematic in all sorts of ways and will probably kill you. Why, it's almost like treating food and medicine as commodities for exchange, rather than goods produced to fulfill basic human needs, can lead to widespread problems!

On the fun half: Callers discuss Our Revolution/DSA/Berniecrat wins around the country, Republicans send out hilarious robocalls impersonating Jewish journalists seeking dirt on Roy Moore, Sean Hannity bends over backwards to save face w/r/t that perv, ABC chases Rep. Mo Brooks down infinite stairs, Tammy in Texas explains how to run for state office, Mariana from Twin Cities provides additional background on the meat industry, Roy Moore's attorney says some racist shit to MSNBC's Ali Velshi, Alex Jones rails against PC culture, and Jamie and Mindy discuss what's wrong with the ruling class. (Check out Jamie's op-ed on the trouble with framing the 1% in an individualistic, moralizing way here.)

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Branko Marcetic from Jacobin magazine joins us to discuss his article on the Ricketts family, the billionaires that has worked tirelessly to crush unions across their investment portfolio.

And on the fun half - A new accuser goes on record with troubling detail and evidence of Roy Moore's sexual alleged sexual predation. Don Jr. and Wikileaks slid into each other's DMs. And Your calls and IMs!

 

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Donald Trump looks awkward at a summit photo for a meeting of ASEAN. The Saudis on the verge of creating the largest famine in the world in Yemen. The Republican tax plan is massive class warfare agains toms too America. Why giving rich people money does not help the economy. Ivanka Trump tries to talk about taxes. Sean Hannity gets particular about sex with teenagers.

On The Fun Half: how the Republican tax plan will devastate those with health problems. Steve Bannon says that Roy Moore is facing the politics of personal destruction. Trump has appointed more Judges than any President since Nixon. DSA Pittsburgh offers broken brake lights in Pittsburgh. Time for a Sam Harris style "thought experiment" and your calls and IMs.

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Republicans have nothing to say about Roy Moore probably being a pedophile.

Cliff Schecter explains the importance of Tuesdays wins for Democrats and holding back Republicans. The most satisfying wins from Tuesday. The blue wall in the West. Why Democrats need to run in every district. Republicans are still going to support Roy Moore despite pedophilia allegations. Sean Hannity apologizes for "not being totally clear" in defending Roy Moore's misconduct. Moore's predatory behavior pattern and will Republicans pass a massive regressive tax giveaway to the wealthy?

Andy Kindler joins us to talk about the allegations of sexual misconduct by Louie CK. Power and sexual kinks. Dennis Miller and Bill O'Reilly whine about late night and Dennis Miller is more depressed as ever.

Republican Congressman calls for Mueller firing.

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Journalist David Dayen explained the roots of regulation of mass travel in the United States going back to the railroad industry. Why cities need airports and how the airlines used to be regulated. Why did Democrats in the 1970s deregulate the industry? The civil Aeronautics Board and why it worked well. The miscalculation that Ralph Nader and other liberals made in the 1970s. the 1970s focus on "regulatory capture" and how it led to corporate friendly policy. How to think about anti trust. Whats happening with the AT&T deal. The Trump Justice department is right on the merger and Trump is blowing it and the Wilbur Ross and the Paradise Paper revelations.

New allegations of Alabama Republican Roy Moore accused of being a child sexual predator.

On The Fun Half: Carter Page calls in. Who is worse Bush or Trump? Plutocrat Democratic donor whines about Democrats talk about class and threatens to cut funding. Sheldon Whitehouse humiliates a Trump nominee. Steve Bannon, rambles on and on and wants Mitch McConnell to resign and your calls and IMs.

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Fox News tries to pretend last night's Democratic blowout didn't happen and Tucker Carelson is depressed.

The Washington Post's Dave Weigel, explains why Democrats performed so well last night. The anti Obama effect. Democrats fears and anxiety. Not every Democrat is Hillary Clinton and why Republicans should be afraid. The results and the block against the next round of gerrymandering. Democrats can put more seats into play. Bernie Sanders help local progressives win across the county. The role of outside groups and the DNC. The DNC's toxic brand and the incredible results for Socialism.

And rundown of last night's results.

On The Fun Half:  Steve Doocey wonders why Republicans who don't embrace Trump even want to win. A Democratic wave coming after a crushing defeat on a referendum for Donald Trump. Danica Roam, talks to her constituents after defeating her transphobic opponent. Corey Lewandowski, gets caught in a pretty hilarious lie and your calls and IMs.

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On today's show, journalist David Neiwert joins us to discuss Donald Trump and the rise of the radical right. From his years spent reporting on the topic, Neiwert concludes this sentiment has been building for years and Trump is only the most recent apotheosis of it. While some people trace upticks in hate crimes to economic shifts, Neiwert holds that they rise due to demographic shifts that bring whites into contact with unfamiliar people and cultures. He next discusses the components of right wing authoritarianism, or RWA, a variable used to describe authoritarian and/or fascist behavior based on a multi-factor personality type. Finally, he explains the difference between the "alt-right" and straightforward neo-Nazis.

On the fun half: Callers describe the level of voter turnout in their various locales, Carter Page calls in to defend himself, Congressman Jim Himes discusses Carter Page on "Morning Joe," Ed Gillespie positions himself as the anti-pedophilia candidate in Virginia, Trump refuses to apply "extreme vetting" to those seeking to buy guns, Ainsley Earhardt thinks church is the best possible place to get murdered, and we discuss whether Tim Black was really hacked. Don't forget to vote, folks!

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On today’s show, journalist Alyssa Battistoni, (@alybatt), joins us to discuss working-class movements and their responsibility to champion social alongside ecological progress. You can read her piece in Jacobin here.

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On the fun half - more demented response to another mass shooting, Fox News runs obviously fake story on Antifa SuperSoldier Day, Richard Spencer's booking agent scares self in latino neighborhood.

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Cliff Schecter, joins Sam to dissect the Republicans cruel, stupid and classist new tax plan. What Republicans might object to the House Republicans tax plan. Tax free private school accounts. No more tax deductions for public school teachers who buy their own supplies. Why Republicans can attack teachers now. Why Democrats need to stop talking about deficits. And what will happen in the New Jersey and Virginia campaigns next week?

Larry Murphy from Bob's Burgers speculates as to what comes next in the Russia probe and he and Michael and Sam do impressions.

On The Fun Half: More fallout from the DNC role in the 2016 primary. Donald Trump says no one in government matters besides him. Elizabeth Warren calls out the DNC and your calls and IMs.

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On today's show, Sam speaks with journalist Katie Gilbert about Chokwe Lumumba, a human rights attorney and politician who was involved with the Republic of New Afrika movement and black cooperatives in the 1970s, then went on to be elected mayor of Jackson, Mississippi in 2013. He succeeded at passing a 1% sales tax to support infrastructure, but his work was cut short when he died of heart failure in 2014.

On the fun half: Donna Brazile surprises everyone, the crew discusses the DNC's incompetence and argues with callers over whether the primary was rigged, Jim Bakker thinks Trump is a good Christian, a caller recommends the book "Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of Psychopaths Around Us," Peter Thiel puts a caller in his place, Tucker Carlson thinks the people who died in Tuesday's van attack in NYC are "martyrs to diversity," Bob Mercer divests himself from Breitbart, and Sean Hannity is mad at CNN for correctly translating "Allahu Akbar."

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On today's show, Michael speaks with Milton Allimadi, publisher of Black Star News, about just what the hell the United States is doing in Africa. (Spoiler alert: nothing too good!) From helping France fight Al Qaeda in Mali (which just happens to have a lot of uranium and oil) to supporting  problematic neoliberal president Yoweri Museveni in Uganda, the U.S. has made it clear it's motivated more by economic interests than anything having to do with human rights in its foreign policy towards the countries of Africa.

On the fun half: Trump might not be getting the full briefings anymore, Gorka thinks "political correctness kills," Sarah Huckabee Sanders thinks we should honor our confederate history, George W. Bush is a hypocrite who supports Trump-lite candidate Ed Gillespie in Virginia, the Duck Dynasty guy wants to have sex with Beyonce, Bill O'Reilly gets rejected by Sinclair Media, a caller espouses evo-psych theories of conservatism, the MR crew muses on what they've un-learned, and an extremely high person calls in.

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Happy Casual Friday! On today's show, Heather Digby Parton stops by to lend her expert commentary on Senator Jeff Flake's resignation, Gorka's accusations against Hillary, and more. Film Guy Matthew also comes by to discuss his sick Ebay lots, what movies we should watch, and a TV clip of Isla Fisher saying she owes her career in the U.S. to Sarah Silverman and Sam. A new Jimmy Reefercake song is debuted!

In the fun half: Trump discusses his specs for the wall, a caller wonders if we're headed for civil war, the MR crew discusses Mark Ames and Matt Taibbi, and more on how Senator Flake should not be elevated.

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On today’s show, Steve Clemons (@SCClemons) of The Atlantic joins us to discuss foreign policy with regards to North Korea. In many ways, Clemons says, the U.S. has become the rogue nation in the equation. Trump is dismantling the diplomatic options and leaning on military power, possibly in an effort to distract us from the Russia investigation. Yikes!

In the fun half: Whitefish Energy picks a Twitter fight with San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, Trump complains some more about how unfairly the fake news media is treating him, Trump brags about his excellent "president president" relationship with China's president Xi Jinping, George H.W. Bush gropes women from his wheelchair, Mark Halperin's pervy behavior and weaksauce apology, and a ten-year-old girl with cerebral palsy got caught by ICE on her way to the hospital.

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On today's show, Sam speaks with Ari Berman (@AriBerman) of Mother Jones about the voter suppression that helped throw Wisconsin to Trump.

On the fun half: Sam doesn't want to run for president, Sean Hannity hates never Trumpers, Tomi Lahren on the Steele dossier, the US ambassador to Canada believes "both sides" of climate change science, Alex Jones will never lie to you on purpose, Walter Block's "rate my professor" page, and Scott Brown's lewd comments.

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Happy Monday! On today's show, Sam recaps his trip to Vegas and updates us on the situation in Puerto Rico. Also: The Trump administration denies a teenage immigrant the right to an abortion, and Bill O'Reilly blames God for his problems.

In the "fun" half: Jamie discusses her experience modeling for Terry Richardson, Ben Carson is bad at his job, cable news has no class analysis, the DNC is bungling everything, shady corporations like Sinclair Media control the news, Michael defends the Kurds from idiot tankies, Sam schools a caller on Trump's tax cuts.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EDT

Marshall Steinbaum (@Econ_Marshall) joins us to discuss how we should discuss taxes. The New Deal origins and mythology behind the "tax revolt," and the danger of being to comfortable with individuals getting obscenely wealthy, and what Trump's hesitation to shamelessly pass tax cuts for the wealthy signifies.

And on the fun half - Pompeo promises a "vicious CIA," Trump sees a psychiatrist, Turning Point USA wears diapers at Kent State, Fox News thinks the Weinstein Company should shut down due to sexual harassment, and Tom Price's wife wants to quarantine the HIV positive, and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:56pm EDT

Attorney Mike Burg, talks about a very disturbing case involving BRC Arizona and BRC Illinois on body snatching for snatching. The FBI criminal investigation into companies illegally taking bodies for research. When people think their bodies are being used for science, but are being used instead for army training exercises and why selling body parts is a multi billion dollar business.

Attorney Burton Leblanc, explains, the control substance act and the role of drug companies in the opioid crisis. The crisis in West Virginia and what companies need to do in order to address the crisis. The similarity to the Tobacco case. How do you hold the industry to account? And why southern Ohio matters in the case.

Activist Jared Johnson, explains taking on debt collectors. The telephone consumer protection act and why debt collectors could owe you money. Why Sue the Collector helps you take on debt collectors and other abusers and why are you might be in luck if you have student debt and go to sue the http://www.suethecollector.com to find out your rights.

Cenk Uygur, explains the mess of the Trump Administration, why establishment Republicans are untrustworthy. George W Bush was horrible don't forget it. Why the establishment led to Trump and why did Russ Feingold lose his race in Wisconsin.

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Attorney Peter Mougey, explains how the pharmaceutical industry profits from the opioid crisis. The revolving door and how the DEA and Congress are compromised by industry interests. Where money is lost in the process and where money should be spent? And how Wall Street exploits Puerto Rico.

Attorney Micah Adkins, explains he is working on equifax cases related to identity theft and the ongoing screw ups and public abuse by credit and identity companies and why you should never buy life lock.

Corporate abuse and why trial lawyers are an essential bulwark against corporate abuse and oligarchy.

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On today's show, Corey Robin, (@CoreyRobin) joins us to discuss his piece in n+1 "Triumph of the Shill" on the political dead end the GOP finds itself in now that they have consolidated power.

On the fun half - Trump says Obamacare doesn't exist and is terrible and needs to be sabotaged, Seb Gorka not happy McCain bashed nationalism, Bill O'Reilly drank last summer and talked about Kushner, are cops workers or instruments of state oppression?, and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:51pm EDT

Steve Bannon brags about destroying healthcare and the Iran deal.

Health industry whistleblower and founder of Tarbell.org, Wendell Potter explains what Trump's new executive order on the insurance exchanges does. Reopening the door to insurance scams. Buying insurance across state lines and lowering standards. Junk plans and why they will be made even worse if Trump's plan goes through. Why the Affordable Care Act did not go far enough. Why is our health system so ridiculous? Corporate corruption and our dangerous and unjust healthcare system and how the media needs to cover healthcare.

On The Fun Half: Gorka threatens the left and loves Steve Bannon. Steve Bannon totally not drunk on Sean Hannity. Internal Left debates. The head of the Panama Papers investigation is killed in a car bomb. Nikki Haley talks nonsense about the Iran deal. Donald Trump makes fun of Mike Pence and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:04pm EDT

Cliff Schecter (@CliffSchecter) joins us to discuss the ongoing degeneration of the GOP and what to make of the apparent Bannon/McConnell split.

Then, Vic Berger (@VicBergerIV), video maven at Super Deluxe joins us to discuss his rise as the internet's premier video editing satirist.

On the fun half - A Louisiana sheriff wants to stop freeing good laborers from his prison, Social Security is incapable of ever being insolvent, Emma Thompson on the iceberg of sexual harassment in Hollywood, Mattis lays out obvious Iran Deal logic so even Trump can understand, and your calls and IMs.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:45pm EDT

Amanda Terkel (@aterkel), Washington Bureau Chief, HuffPost, joins us to discuss her article, "26 Years Ago, America Started Talking About Sexual Harassment Thanks To Anita Hill." 

And on the fun half - Trump continues gaslighting Puerto Rico, Bryan Fischer wants enviromentalists to consider the benefits of the death penalty, horrible fires continue in California, Rush Limbaugh's audience upset he suggested Trump was being dictatorial with the NFL, and your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:58pm EDT

On today’s show, Sam discusses a piece in Columbia Journalism Review, 'What If The Right-Wing Media Wins' with author McKay Coppins (@McKayCoppins). How the right has shifted from ostensibly wanting to 'reform' the media to wanting to destroy journalism. Why the right is fundamentally advantaged in the bankrolling the weaponization of information over the left.

On the fun half -  Zuckerberg apologizes for virtually-hi-fiving in Puerto Rico, will have to apologize for not getting why he needed to apologize. Marsha Blackburn peddles Planned Parenthood lie in Tenn senate race, and your calls and IMs.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:43pm EDT

Meet the new members of the Majority Report crew.

Journalist David Dayen, explains the types of fraud that JP Morgan committed during the housing crisis. How the federal government always goes soft on JP Morgan Chase and other unethical mega banks. Why the fines that JP Morgan pays are not real fines. Who is Larry Snieder and what happened in the Roosevelt era to protect people from losing their homes. How Chase unloaded toxic assets, how Chase kept a secret data base on its toxic assets. How Chase, kept trying to collect on loans tat they didn't owe anymore. How Chase scammed everyone and got away with it and did Jamie Dimon play a direct role in fraud and scams? And the absolute failure of the Obama Administration to hold Wall Street accountable.

On the Fun Half: Mike Ditka, says there has been no oppression in the last one hundred years in the United State. More revelations of Harvey Weinstein's abuse. Republicans try to make Harvey Weinstein the leader of the Democratic Party. Ben Shapiro's website, runs an incredibly racist video on his website. Bob Corker, is also a race baiter and should not be trusted and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm EDT

Good morning everyone, on today's show, Jay Cassano, (@jcassano ) joins us today to talk about the apparent corruption regarding separately Harvey Weinstein and Ivanka Trump and Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance.

On the fun half - Don Jr. calls in, what is being revealed to society about sexual harassment by powerful people, Mike Pence plots a tax-funded PR stunt at a Colts/49ers game, Trump and Corker continue sparring, and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:17pm EDT

Cliff Schecter, joins us BuzzFeed expose of Milo reveals about Right Wing politics. Nazis and Republicans. Will far right plutocrats ever not in invest in politics. The Billionaire bubble and why its dangerous.

Judy Gold, destroys Trump, explains how disgusting he is and does an amazing Rex Tillerson impression.

The Saudi King gets stuck trying to leave his plane. Jon Huntsman gets "grilled" by his daughter on Fox News. The real story with Puerto Rico's debt. Don Jr and Ivanka probably committed fraud and the Manhattan DA decided to not press charges after getting a campaign contribution from a Trump attorney lawyer and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:03pm EDT

Author and law professor, Lawrence Lessig, explains the questionable historical roots of the modern implementation of the electoral college. The legal case he is pursuing to reform the electoral college. The opportunity that Bush V Gore creates. David Boise's role in the lawsuit. Is The Supreme Court honest. What was it like clerking for Scalia. The national popular vote movement and how you can help the Equal Citizens movement.

On The Fun Half: Senator Bob Corker tells reporters that a few members of the Cabinet are saving the world from chaos. How to reform America's voting process. UK teachers are getting abused as well. Jeff Merkley, destroys new horrible Trump EPA pick. Elizabeth Warren tells slimy Wells Fargo CEO that he should be fired. More immigration horror stories. What does debt relief actually mean? and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:49pm EDT

Donald Trump stumbles into promising debt relief for Puerto Rico and Mick Mulvaney walks it back.

Ian Millhiser, from the Center for American Progress, explains the a major redistricting decision that could overturn the Wisconsin Republican Party's effort to gerrymander. Justice Kennedy's tell and possibly good new in the gerrymandering case. The long term danger of one party state governments. Neil Gorsuch is a dick. Lawrence Lessig's theory for why we need to abolish the electoral college. Further Republican efforts to disenfranchise voters. The Fredrich Case could harm public sector unions. Forced arbitration and why it favors corporations and Constitutional case on religious freedom.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump seems to believe crazy rumor that Puerto Rican truck drivers have gone on strike. America's Gun horror. How the Democrats should play the Alabama Senate race and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:25pm EDT

On today's show French based labor reporter Cole Stangler (@ColeStangler) joins us to discuss Macron's war on labor. What can we say definitively about Macron's victory now that he has a Trump-level approval rating. How the french economic system and labor actions have worked historically. Macron's reheated 3rd way centrism.

On the fun half - Alex Jones flips on cohost for not running with Antifa Las Vegas theory, a texas atheist calls in to discuss evangelicalism and christian fascism, Pat Robertson thinks Las Vegas massacre is a result of not respecting authority, and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:16pm EDT

The biggest mass shooting in American history and why Republicans are now going to push to weaken regulation on gun silencers. The NRA's terrorism and American's disgusting relationship with guns and the Republicans disgusting gun policy.

On The Fun Half: The role Joe Rogan plays in public discourse. Gun control and public support. Donal Trump's grotesque response to Puerto Rico. Trump offers golf trophy to the people of Puerto Rico. Geraldo asks the Mayor of San Juan where all the dying people are. Ron Johnson tells healthcare privilege and your calls and IMs.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:11pm EDT

Today on the program we have Heather 'Digby' Parton (@Digby56) as well as Anthony Atamanuik (@TonyAtamanuik) of Comedy Central's 'The President's Show.'

Digby helps us break down the current sense of Trump malaise, how tardy the response to Puerto Rico's hurricane disaster, and taking the temperature of the long GOP descent most recently observable in the success of Roy Moore in Alabama.

Then Anthony Atamanuik of The President Show joins us to talk about how he maintains playing the Trump character for so long. How The President Show is both smart and dumb funny. The long struggle ahead against the massive voter cult that has been captured by the corporate right.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:34pm EDT

Gary Cohn can't promise middle class families they won't pay more in taxes.

Journalist and historian Nelson A. Denis (@NelsonADenis) joins us. The history of the Jones Act and Puerto Rico as a colony and shock doctrine target. PR's obscene lack of representation. What else is behind the Trump admins response.

On the fun half - Dave Rubin and his dumb libertarian hanger-ons are afraid to debate economics. Trump keeps saying theres a Senator in the hospital. Tom Price's avaricious grubbing of tax-funded private jets is something Trump will look in to. Supreme Court to take another shot at public unions. Plus your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT

Sean Illing (@seanilling) of Vox joins us to talk about Trump's NFL fight and how the GOP is a white identity party and his piece in Vox on the Alt-Right's poor understanding of philosophy from his article, "The alt-right is drunk on bad readings of Nietzsche. The Nazis were too."

On the fun half - a German listener calls in for an in-depth update on the right wing in Germany. Trump back to defending the flag and deleting pro-Luther Strange tweets. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:43pm EDT

Steve Mnuchin reflects on lying to Americans about pushing for a large tax break for the wealthy.

Stephanie Kelton (@StephanieKelton), a Professor of economics and public policy at Stoney Brooke University, explains the Bretton Woods system. Why leaving behind the Gold Standard creates policy flexibility. Why did Nixon take America out of the Gold Standard? Why our fiscal policy has not left behind the Gold Standard way of thinking. What is money in modern economics? How does payment work? What actually causes inflation. Why inflation is not the problem right now in global economics. Taxes and how money works in society and the plutocrats who have an interest in perpetuating the debt myth.

On The Fun Half: Protestors are removed from the Senate as they fight to protect public healthcare. Bernie Sanders makes more progress in mainstreaming Single Payer healthcare. Sanders schools Graham and Cassidy at the CNN debate. Lindsay Graham tries to attack the health insurance industry while pushing a bill to enrich them. Marxism and identity. Rick Santorum throws a tantrum on CNN over the Graham Cassidy health bill. Louie Gohmert thinks John McCain should be recalled because he has cancer. Sarah Huckabee explains that Trump can do policy and pick fights on Twitter at the same time and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:18pm EDT

Puerto Rico in chaos. Trump hasn't mentioned Puerto Rico's humanitarian crisis. What the Jones Act does to Puerto Rico. Graham Cassidy is still alive and the Koch Brothers are angry. Donald Trump campaigns for Luther Strange and picks a fight with professional athletes who protest. What other athletes support Colin Kaepernick? Brian Kilmeade thinks Muhammad Ali didn't get in trouble for speaking out on politics.

On The Fun Half: Arthur Laffer, still pushing his trickle down scam. Laffer's economics destroyed Kansas. What was Trump's path to victory? Alabama's Senate race and Trump's odd endorsement of Luther Strange. Donald Trump, talks about drugs hitting people on the head after they are thrown over the wall. White identity politics and Trump and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm EDT

Trump tells Africa his rich friends are coming to his country to get rich.

Today, Vox's Jeff Stein (@jstein_vox) joins us to talk about how dumb the GOP is/is playing about the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill. The radicalism of this repeal led by liar Bill Cassidy, who presented himself as caring about people keeping their healthcare. How will McCain, Rand, and McConnell vote?

On the fun half - Jimmy Kimmel destroys Brian Kilmeade. Destroys. Rouhani shows Trump how to be diplomatically dignified and serious at the UNGA. Fired Google guy James Damore thinks "Grand Wizard" sounds cool. Sean Spicer "doesn't think" he purposely lied.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:06pm EDT

Jimmy Kimmel, calls out Senator Bill Cassidy for lying to him about the Jimmy Kimmel test and healthcare test. How Republicans are counting on scamming America. Did Trump win because you won't date a conservative? An amazingly stupid new column argues just that. The boring story of the 2016 election.

On The Fun Half: Senator Bill cassidy, lies more about his new healthcare bill. The Google Memo guy is a fucking idiot. Nikki Haley claims "Rocket Man" worked. Some of the worst people in America praise Trump's UN Speech. Tom Price likes to fly price jets and of course is a total hypocrite about it. South Dakota State Rep, posts a "All Lives Splatter" meme on Facebook. Is YouTube bad for politics? Morgan Freeman appears in an insane new ad for the Committee to Investigate Russia and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:34pm EDT

Trump threatens to destroy North Korea at the UN.

Marcy Wheeler, of Empty Wheel, explains why the FBI are getting closer and closer to Mike Flynn and Paul Manafort. Robert Mueller is trying to get Mike Flynn and Paul Manafort to flip on the Trump origination. Who is leaking and not leaking? People close to Trump are feeling financially drained. Trump's lawyers talk loudly and publicly about the Russia investigation. How close is Jared Kushner to the investigation. Facebook, Cambridge Analytics and collusion? Who is Guccifer 2.0 and is it proven that Guccifer is a Russian asset? And what was the depth of the relationship between Russia and the Republican operatives?

On The Fun Half: The Republicans next play to steal your healthcare. Also Senators will have no time to debate the new bill. What Senators to target and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:04pm EDT

Trump wishes the CIA a happy birthday in a very bizarre way and he threatens North Korea.

Daniel P. Keating, a Professor of Education and the University of Michigan and author of, Born Anxious: The Lifelong Impact of Early Life Adversity – and How to Break the Cycle, explains how stress gets transmitted, what is epigenetic. The advantages and disadvantages of stress. Why America is becoming more stressed. Generational stress and group oppression. The individual and group implications of heightened stress levels and measuring stress levels, education and inequality. Why all groups are effected by enhanced  stress and what are the policy solutions to the stress crisis?

On The Fun Half: Does Trump recognize his wife. More great things about Bernie Sanders Medicare for all bill. Clay Travis believes in the first amendment and boobs. ESPN commentator gets real about racism. Is "Bernie would have won" a useful slogan? Bernie makes the case for Single Payer on Meet the Press. The new Republican plan to destroy healthcare. Republican Senator Bill Cassidy and his misleading "Jimmy Kimmel" test and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:18pm EDT

Casual Friday today, featuring Cliff Schecter (@CliffSchecter) and Isabel Gillies (@IsabelGillies).

Trumpkins are burning MAGA hats over possible DACA deal.

With Cliff, Sam discusses Chuck Schumer and Trump's new bromance and the wisdom of Bernie's Medicare-for-All push.

The with Isabel, why Isabel feels like she's grown up since the last time she was on and how she makes her children uncomfortable when eating out. Also why she wants to sue snapchat.

On the fun half - Rand Paul wants medicare Bernie's shine, Trump calls Jeff Sessions an idiot, centrist Dems look for ways to embrace Medicare for All, Bill O'Reilly thinks confederate statues are a waypoint for leftists on the way to destroy the constitution, and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:36pm EDT

Phillip Longman, former policy director and managing editor at New America's Open Markets, joins us to discuss his piece in Democracy Journal, "Time to Fight Health-Care Monopolization." How current healthcare should be seem as corporate welfare. The trouble with mergers. The role of vertical integration. How the American defense contracting industry is like a single-payer system.

On the fun half - Cory Booker is out and proud in support of Bernie's Medicare for All, Steve King, Breitbart, and Hannity are all upset about Trump's possible DACA deal, ancho babies aren't a thing, Alex Jones sidekick reads scripture after being dunked on by a teen girl.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:16pm EDT

Columnist George Monbiot (@GeorgeMonbiot) to discuss his new book, “Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis.” How we came to our global moment. The problems with returning to a Keynesian (growth-reliant) economy in an time of climate change. The role of television in alienating people from their communities. The need for new stories and the success of 'Big organizing" following from the Bernie Sanders campaign.

On the fun half - Hillary on the virtues of centrism, Mike Cernovich is upset with us, Senate Dems flock to Bernie's Medicare-for-All bill, the NRA wants you to stop calling guns 'weapons,' and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:39pm EDT

The GOP continues their death spiral promotion as every Dem senator who wants to be president in 2020 signs on to Bernie's single-payer bill. How the democrats are attempting to set both poles of the healthcare debate.

On the fun half: Hillary is being destructive, a cop gets yelled at by a brave guy with a phone, Ted Cruz likes a porn tweet, Alex Jones claims Trump is being slowly poisoned, plus your calls an IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:41pm EDT

On today’s show Christy Thornton (@llchristyll), Fellow in Global History at Harvard University, joins us to discuss Mexico, neoliberalism and the drug war. What the disappearance of 43 teaching students and subsequent lying about the disappearances by the Mexican government has to do with Mexican politics and President Pena Nieto. What is the political spectrum like in Mexico? Mexico's corruption and movements responding to them. What role did Nafta play in exacerbating the drug cartel problem.

On the fun half - Hillary on why she lost, Bannon "declares War" on the GOP, update from a Florida listener, and your calls and IMs.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:46pm EDT

Thank you Kelly and good luck!

Cliff Schecter and Sam explain why Florida might be in a deep crisis this weekend with Hurricane Irma. The Republicans lie about climate change puts us all in danger. Rush Limbaugh tells his listeners not to worry about Irma and than cancels his show because of it. The danger of a nuclear meltdown in Florida. Democrats win on the debt ceiling negotiation. Republican moderates not seeking reelection. Will Republicans try to destroy healthcare again? And why is Hillary Clinton doing this?

Andy Kindler reacts to an amazing anti Semitic email about Dennis Miller. Jude Apatow tweets out how funny Kindler is. Kindler disses Bill Maher. Bill O'Reilly admires Dennis Miller for traveling. Why Dennis left radio and Andy says goodbye to Kelly.

Alex Jones gets annoyed at Mike Cernovich for not making any sense.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:40pm EDT

Organizer and historian, Mark Bray, (@Mark__Bray), author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, explains the political formation of Antifa and its emergence in Europe and the United States in the 1980s. The Pan Left position of Antifa. Mass anti racist and anti fascist movements. Spanish and French Antifa assemblies. Are there tactical differences inside Antifa. The Black Bloc and Black Bloc tactics. Anti Fascism is not a thought experiment its a real politics. Would the language fit better in an American context? Whats the right way to deal with mass Right Wing movements? And what determines whether or not we get fascism?

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump undermines Republicans. Steve Bannon lashes out at Gary Cohn. Steve Bannon, argues that the reason the Catholic Church support, immigrants rights is because they need undocumented people to fill up church. Jeff Sessions and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:33pm EDT

The many, many, many lies that Jeff Sessions spread about cancelling DACA. Joe Scarborough calls out Paul Ryan and DACA and is still an annoying hypocrite. How the national politics of DACA have moved to the Left. Steve King suggests that DACA deportees will be like Peace Corp volunteers in their home countries. As Democrats slowly embrace Anti-Monopoly positions, Think Tank, New America, buckles under pressure from Google and scraps its anti monopoly program. The Open Markets team creates a new project:  Citizens Against Monopoly.

On The Fun Half: DACA exploits young undocmmented people. Unonization is essential for reversing the wage gap. Random Rush. Rush Limbaugh lies about climate change, hurricanes and puts in audience in danger. Alex Jones and Roger Stone warn of a coup. Another horrible week of Police conduct caught on video and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:55pm EDT

Remember when Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr, took moderate positions on immigration? Jess Sessions announces the cancelation of DACA. All of the ways Jeff Sessions lied about DACA. Why ending DACA is sadism and racism. Sheriff Joe Arpaio pardoned by Trump has one of the most obscene and disgusting records in the country. Hurricane Harvey is an environmental and humanitarian crisis and why deregulation costs lives.

On The Fun Half: Gorka explains why he left the White House and why MAGA agenda will still win. Can Democrats reclaim Congress? Jeff Sessions lies and lies and lies about DACA. Texas Republicans pretend that its hard for them to take help from government and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 9-5-17-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm EDT

A repeat edition of Majority Report's traditional labor speeches compilation including FDR, Mario Savio, John Lewis, & more!

Back live tomorrow.

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Today, historian Robin D. G. Kelley joins us to discuss his classic 1990 book "Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists during the Great Depression."

Then, Sam is joined on Ring of Fire by Marshall Allen of ProPublica, to talk about why this practice of waste leaves a heavy burden on our healthcare costs, and why it’s a myth that drugs become toxic after expiration.

Then for members, a throwback conversation between Janeane and Andy Kindler talking about conservative pathologies. See who Janeane calls a "nasty dickhead"!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Richard Rothstein, research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute at the University of California (Berkeley) joins us to discuss his new book, 'The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America.'

For members, Dick Gregory joined Sam and Marc back on Air America's Break Room Live.

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Author Betsy Hartmann joins us today to discuss her book, 'The America Syndrome: Apocalypse, War, and Our Call to Greatness.'

And for members, Sam and Janeane take a call from Retired Lt Col Nelson Peoples (played by David Waterman) on the military's new automated killing robots. 4/1/2005

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Today, Economist Ann Pettitfor (@AnnPettifor) on her book, 'The Production of Money: How to Break the Power of Bankers.'

And for members, filmmaker Alex Gibney on his documentary, 'Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room' with Sam and Janeane on April 29, 2005

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EDT

Trump lashes out at short senator Bob Corker after being called 'unstable. 'Trump continues demonstrating how best to alienate possible allies. America is massively unprepared for election cybersecurity. The GOP's assault on voting rights.

Then, Film Guy Matthew Weiss joins us to recommend a John Cassavetes film.

On the fun half - Jesse Watters says actually it's good Trump in unstable. And your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:48pm EDT

Jonathan Morduch, author of The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty, explains how Americans are suffering in the new economy, why Americans are squeezed and the different ways people are making money and not making money.

On the fun half: Jeff Flake thanks Trump for coming to Arizona to bash him, what is the place for cops in working class movements, Fox News is freaking out about ESPN, and your calls an IMs.

Direct download: 08-24-17-Jonathan_Morduch-Pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:05pm EDT

Trump heads to Arizona to talk about the wall.

Yale University, Law Professor, James Whitman, author of Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law, explains the Nazi Party basing law on American systems of law and racism. How the Nazis built Nuremberg Laws. Why the Nazis looked to the United States on banning interracial marriage. Why some aspects of American anti miscegenation laws went to far for the Nazi Party. American immigration laws and the Nazi Party. Immigration law and excluding citizenship. The debates inside the Nazi Party. The limits of egaltarian law in the United States and Nazi Germany. Racism and egalitarianism and when Affirmative Action was white.

On The Fun Half: Trump instigates in Arizona against the media. Trump acts like a spoiled child and conservatives love it. Don Lemon is disgusted by Donald Trump's lying. Police get violent with protestors in Phoenix. Charlottesville residents demand action in taking down confederate monuments. Why White people need to push for civil rights now. Paul Ryan is asked by a Nun how he can reconcile his Catholicism with his war on the poor. Governor Paul LePage, thinks the Civil War was about states rights. A website for Arizona  Republican website, uses a photo from the 90s sitcom, All American Girl with Margaret Cho and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 08-23-17-James_Whitman-Pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:51pm EDT

Trump copies Bush in Afghanistan and South Asia and why his new Afghan strategy will lead to more civilian killings.

Harvard Professor Elizabeth Hinton, author of, From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America, explains how the Johnson Administration's War on Poverty led to increased policing in the African American community. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and the debate on crime in urban communities in the 1960s and 1970s. Racist theories of what causes crime. Why Johnson suppressed the findings of the Kerner Commission. The belief in police contact and punishment for preventing future crime. The logic of the development of the modern American carceral state. The deep connections in the 1960s between anti crime and anti poverty policies. The devolution of focus on economic problems to "cultural pathology". The Reagan Administration's gutting of social welfare. President Obama's Our Brothers Keepers problem and the legacy of cultural pathology politics.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump looks directly at the sun. Do Democrats face an uphill battle in 2018? The Republican Senate Leadership Fund runs a great ad against "chemtrail Kelly" who Trump has endorsed in her primary against Jeff Flake. Steve Mnuchin and his wife are both absolutely horrible people. Don Lemon schools a racist Trump surrogate. Alex Jones tours Seattle and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:36pm EDT

Donald Trump says the USS John McCain disaster is "too bad". Steve Bannon is out, but Sebastian Gorka is still in the White House and his dissertation advisor cannot believe that he has risen as far as he has. Steve Bannon goes back to Breitbart. The Trump Administration's giveaway to Sinclair broadcasting and the new Far Right TV network that is coming. Why the future of the Republican Party is White Nationalist and why the modern Right is all about resentment.

On The Fun Half: The stupid story behind the name of Gavin McInnes's Proud Boys. Racist Jason Kessler tweets that Heather Heyer was a "fat, disgusting communist" and claims the next morning that he was on Zambian and xanax and that he repudiates the "heinous" tweet that was sent out. Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai,Republican Senate Candidate in Massachusetts speaks to an empty free speech rally. Dave Rubin takes Koch Brother funding. Donald Trump's ongoing disaster Administration. Ali Velshi schools a Trump shill on MSNBC. Susan Collins condemns Trump and thinks Trump might not be the 2020 Republican nominee and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 08-21-17-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:03pm EDT

Cliff Schecter discusses whether or not Republicans finally turning on Trump? Why removing confederate statues are important but not the main issue. The tactical mistake Nancy Pelosi made. Forcing the Republican leadership to denounce Donald Trump's racism. Susan Bro, says she is not going to speak with Trump anymore. Steve Bannon's double game. Is Steve Bannon out. The ACLU will no longer defend armed protestors. Should the ACLU stop defending the speech rights of Nazis and is there ever a time to protect free speech.

Andy Kindler, reviews some delusional racism on Fox News. Melissa Francis wines about not being able to defend racists and racism. Steve Bannon is out and wha tif he wrote for Seinfeld. Bill O'Reilly and Dennis Miller do a "hilarious bit". Dennis Miller is deflated and probably a sociopath.

Heather Heyer's mother Susan Bro, won't meet with Donald Trump. Crowd turns themselves in solidarity in Durham over the statue toppling. The terrorist attacks in Spain, leads Trump to bring back his favorite mad cup war crime. Richard Spencer on Israeli news and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:42pm EDT

On today's show attorney and activist Eva Golinger (@evagolinger) joins us to discuss Venezuela.

Getting deeper into Venezuelan politics than the simplistic narratives surrounding "Chavismo," and how they bear on Venezuela's current political turmoil. Hugo Chavez's constitutional leadership and Venezuela's long history as a US client state. The 2002 Venezuelan coup. Maduro, the opposition, and street protests.

On the fun half - the religious left and political clergy, more on Trump as a confederate, Trump on the most racist movie ever, and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:08pm EDT

Who to shame in the Trump Administration and why.

New York Magazine's Eric Levitz, explains why the center does not exist. Why voters are not rational. Why human beings are social and tribal and how that effects voting behavior. Why many Americans support extreme Left and Right views. Why there are no "moderate" or "centrist" voters. Why most Americans are to the Left on economics. Why obsessing with the "center" undermines organizing. Big money and the centrist myth. White racial resentment and big money work together. Why Obama's 2012 campaign was more effective than Clinton's 2016 campaign and why Democrats need to create enemies to build political power.

On The Fun Half: Nazis chant "Jews will not replace us" and condemn Trump for giving away Ivanka to Jews. Donald Trump's pro racist rant makes John Kelly flinch. Trump places blame on the "Alt Left". And your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:37pm EDT

Mark Hayer, the father of murdered activist Heather Heyer calls for forgiveness and speaks of his daughters incredible integrity. No one believes Trump's condemnation of racism. Who does Trump, mostly accuse of racism on Twitter? New York hates Donald Trump. Jesse Waters, takes issue with people calling for Trump to be specific about white terrorism when they didn't like him using terms like "radical islam" . Remembering when Steve Scalise said he was David Duke without the baggage. White supremacy and the broader Republican project. Officials continue to take down confederate monuments and Rush Limbaugh tries comedy.

On The Fun Half: how racism works institutionally and personally. Democrats can abandon the center because the center does not exist. Alex Jones talks nonsense with Gavin Mcinnes. Gavin whines that he has lost his famous friends. RWM has also lost friends. Donald Trump calls Jim Acosta fake new and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 08-15-17-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:47pm EDT

Sam breaks down the weekend's fascist terror attack at an alt-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Republican party's responsibility in fomenting and coopting white supremacy. 

On the fun half - more on Charlottesville.

Direct download: 08-14-17-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT

Cliff Schecter joins us on the verge of the apocalypse. Sebastian Gorka and other idiots in the Administration are pushing for a military option in  North Korea. Gorka undermines Rex Tillerson. The timing of the threats against North Korea and the raid on Paul Manefort's house. Stuart Varney whines about Democrats criticizing Trump. The American pundits instigating for war against North Korea. The absolutely insane NSC Council document on Trump's internal enemies and the rise of the "cultural marxist" talking point.

Judy Gold hates Donald Trump. Jeff Lord is out at CNN. Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump whine at each other. Talking with your kids about having an insane President. The time Trump laughed at a Hillary being called a dog and Judy wants to know what our last meals will be.

On The Fun Half: Trump thinks some leak for love. Trump reverses himself and declares the opiod crisis an emergency. Trump thanks Russia for expelling diplomats and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:12pm EDT

Trump is irrational and North Korea responds to his threats.

Gilad Edelman, of the Washington Monthly,  explains the long war against government. The Clinton era and the undermining of government. Private contractors across government. Why we don't know how many private contractors work in federal government. Why we need more federal government. Campaign financing and government contracting. IRS staff and funding. Why privatizing government is a win/win for the Right and why government needs to expand.

On The Fun Half: are Democrats structurally disadvantaged? Texas Megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress says God gave Trump the authority to take out the North Korean leader. Alex Jones warns of a coup. Newt Gingrich tries to ease tensions between Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell. The US Government will not condemn a terrorist attack on a Mosque and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm EDT

Trump threatens North Korea with fire and fury and North Korea threatens Guam.

Physician, activist and Harvard instructor, Adam Gaffney, explains why Medicare for all is the answer to our health crisis. Why a public option is not going to solve the core problems of the health crisis. The debate inside the Left about how to expand healthcare. The Conyers bill and will doctors make less money overall? Why is American healthcare more expensive? Why Medicare for all is a win for everyone and how Obamacare improved the expectations for healthcare.

On The Fun Half: What's the best way to nationalize healthcare? Rex Tillerson walks back Trump's crazy threats? Lindsay Graham, says its better to fight the "war over there". Trump has been calling for war against North Korea for over a decade. Trump, has a fresh idea for fighting drugs. The positive news packet that Trump gets everyday. Seb Gorka says we are now a "hyperpower" and why there is no such thing as lone wolf terrorist attacks. Fox News whines about Mitch McConnell and your calls and IMs.

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New report indicates climate change is moving even faster than we realized. How the Trump Administration is suppressing climate science. Policy and identity. What Ryan Cooper got right and wrong in his piece on Kamala Harris, Deval Patrick and Corey Booker. ICE's new obscene policies and using children as bait.

On The Fun Half: The climate crisis and is Miami doomed? Is Joy Reid genuine in her insanity? Elizabeth Warren comes out against criminalizing protests against Israel. Nikki Haley confirms a leak on Fox News by accident. Senators move to protect Robert Mueller from getting fired. Alan Dershowitz won't answer whether he is working for Trump. DSA breaks from international socialists and backs BDS against Israel. And your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:35pm EDT

The Intercept's Murtaza Hussain (@MazMHussain) joins the show today to discuss the evolution of the Syrian conflict. Iran's attempts to stabilize the region with in ways favorable to themselves.

On the fun half -  On Kamala Harris and sexism, racism, and corporatism. Jeff Flake keeps talking about how brave Republicans could theoretically get. Eric Bolling tried using baseball jerseys to seduce Fox News contributors.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:58pm EDT

Cliff Schecter on the politics of the Republicans push for regressive tax cuts and what Democrats will cave. West Virginia's Governor, Jim Justice defects from Democrat to Republican. Will Joe Manchin, leave the Republican Party. Robert Mueller calls for a Grand Jury. Jeff Sessions reign of terror as Attorney General and the dangers of relying on the defense and intelligence establishment.

The Film Guy Matthew IMDB list. Is Film Guy Matthew double dipping? Sam and Matthew go down memory lane and Matthew tells us to watch the Turkish film Clouds of May.

On The Fun Half: The amazing Scarramucci tapes. Jeff Sessions issues a threat to leakers. Kellyanne Conway spins. Ed Rollins says Sessions should reverse himself. Ken Starr has thoughts on Special Prosecutors and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:50pm EDT

Why The Trump Administration is pushing a new white supremacy based anti immigrant package.

Journalist Jushua Holland, explains the recent Democratic pivot toward Medicare For All. Is Single Payer healthcare the wrong litmus test? The transition to universal healthcare. The basic challenges of insuring every American. Loss aversion and the best way to achieve  full coverage. Why the ACA was sold in the wrong way. Is there a distinct importance to having a universal coverage? And why no matter what the specifics are we should call the program Medicare For All.

On The Fun Half: Seb Gorka says Trump can dictate North Korea policy through Twitter. Stephen Miller attacks Jim Acosta. Mark Steyn, can get out of our country. Tucker Carelson still complaining about Al Gore. Dave Rubin hosts British tabloid bigot and your calls IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:54pm EDT

Donald Trump signs a new sanctions package, targeting Russia, North Korea and Iran. What the Iran sanctions will do. The Jeff Sessions Justice Department now looking at discrimination against white people. We are three years away from a major acceleration in the climate crisis. What's next on health care. Chris Cuomo rips apart Mick Mulvaney and what Democrats will back the Republicans regressive tax package?

On The Fun Half? The human toll of Trump's attack on immigration. Donald Trump lies about his fascist style Boy Scouts speech. Jim Bakker's new "Staying Alive" food bucket. Boris Epshteyn has a very badly timed segment on the White House's communication team and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 08-02-17-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:25pm EDT

Best selling author Naomi Klein, author of, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, explains the history of modern branding. The formation of the Trump brand. The liberals who helped create the CEO myth of leadership. Why Trump can't be worked with. Why labor unions should fight Trump on all fronts. Why the climate crisis needs to remain central to our politics. What to learn from Jeremy Corbyn. Why the Left needs to synchronize race, class and gender and what comes next in Left politics.

On the Fun Half: Corey Lewandowski, sees a role for the Mooch in the future. Did Trump's lawyer lie on national television? How Fox New connected the Seth Rich conspiracy story. Lindsay Graham promotes war on North Korea and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:59pm EDT

Today, Rafia Zakaria (@rafiazakaria) joins us to discuss her piece, 'Empire and the Overpass.' How climate change is a capitalism-driven phenomenon. The colonials patterns to elite western approaches to climate change. The folly of performative individualist acts in place of broader policy change. How climate change affects the global poor now and first.

On the fun half - Chris Christie gets upset by a Cubs fan at a Brewers game. Reince is happy to have resigned. Tomi Lahren is on Obamacare. Trump goads cops into cheering police brutality.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT

Cliff Schecter explains why the GOP's death care bill might be finally dead. The insanity of the modern Republican Party. Forty nine Senate Republicans voted to throw American healthcare into chaos. John McCain voted the right way and is an attention whore. Maybe threatening Lisa Murkowski wasn't such a smart thing to do. Why Collins and Murkowski deserve more credit than McCain. Marie Hirono a real hero of the Senate and what got McCain's vote?

On The Fun Half: Mo Brooks says the Senate needs a new leader. Anthony Scaramucci continues to be epic and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:23pm EDT

Stephanie Taylor of the PCCC joins us to talk about efforts to recruit progressive candidates, the GOP Senate comes to the defense of Jeff Sessions, and Anthony Scaramucci has an extended public meltdown 24 hours into the job.

On the fun half - Trump's disgusting attack on trans service member, Bernie takes the lead on squashing GOP Single-Payer trolling, how political is Bob's Burgers? and your calls and IMs!

Direct download: 07-27-17-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:39pm EDT

-John McCain's sanctimonious Senate speech and why his career is useless.

David Dayen, explains why the Republicans are still a long way from destroying healthcare. Why the House and Senate bills are still far from each other. Why the final bill is still going to look like the House bill. How Republican "moderates" are being cornered. The Senate Republicans have no idea what they are doing. Dean Heller's just wants it to be over and what happens next. Reviewing the Democrats "Better Deal". The Democrats move in a bold direction on monopolies. Why the fight against corporate power is a political slam duck and why we need a serious progressive movement.

On The Fun Half: John McCain's awful role in American politics. A hot mic catches Susan Collins and Jack Reed calling Trump crazy and calling Congressman Blake Farenthold unattractive. "Susan Collins" explains her stance. Donald Trump demonizes hispanics. Eric Trump whines. Bob Corker "ignores" Trump's tweets. Joe Scarborough is pretty stupid and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:24pm EDT

-What is the state of play with Healthcare repeal?
-New evidence declassified on the CIA backed 1953 coup in Iran

Pro Publica Journalist, Jesse Eisinger, author of The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives, explains the creation of "White Color" crime. When Wall Street was scared of government. The importance of putting white color figures in prison. What is the "chikenshit" club and why the Department of Justice has become it. Arthur Anderson, Enron and where things went wrong. The Holder memo and the Obama' Administration's approach to prosecuting corporations and the creation of "collateral consequences". How big corporate law firms undermine investigations into corporate crime and how corporate law change. Have Democrats and Republicans both failed extensively in corporate law enforcement? The Preet Bharara myth. Drawing the wrong lessons of Eliot Spitzer and what needs to be done to reform the Department of Justice.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump turns a Boy Scout meet into an anti healthcare battle. Jeff Sessions has a vision. John Boehner says Obamacare won't be repealed. Anthony Scaramucci outs Trump and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm EDT

Ben Mankiewicz (@BenMank77) on TCM and TYT joins us today. What's the significance of Chuck Schumer saying "single payer" is "on the table" on ABC's This Week? Remembering Sean Spicer, meeting Anthony Scaramucci. Jared Kushner talks to the Senate about Russia.

On the fun half - The Dems new slogan, are we a free country if Mueller is fired?, Obama sons Anthony Scaramucci in 2010, and your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:08pm EDT

Cliff Schecter, is the GOP's deathcare finally dead? Is Donald Trump about to take us into another level of Constitutional crisis? How close is Trump to firing the special prosecutor? The Republicans voter suppression strategy. Why we are turning into a banana republican and Democrats still can't play hardball.

Chop of (Chop and Steele), explains their give thanks for strengths, pranking morning shows. Danny Aiello's amazing 1980s music video. Why Chop and Steele are getting sued by a crazy regional TV station, Grey TV.

On the Fun Half:  St Petersburg, Mayoral Candidate Paul Congami gets really racist. Trump's weird Putin hand motion. John McCain's real legacy and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 07-21-17-Cliff_Schecter-Chop_And_Steele-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT

Alex Hochuli (@Alex__1789), researcher and communications consultant based in São Paulo, joins us first to talk about the disintegration of the political class following the scapegoating of Lula and the Worker's Party for Brazilian corruption. The significance of the June 2013 popular protests in Brazil. The consequences of Brazil's neoliberal parliamentary coup.

Jay Cassano (@jcassano), investigative journalist at International Business Times, joins us to talk about "Buck" McKeon, former U.S. Representative from 1993–2015, who helped funnel billions in arms to the Saudi government while one of defense contractors' favorite congressman.

On the fun half - Trump admin stops CIA stops arming rebel groups, Tony Blair admits Corbyn could win, Mick Mulvaney announces MAGAnomics, the NRA is competing for the most purely fascist outlet, and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm EDT

Are millions of student loans invalid? Donald Trump thought destroying Obamacare would be easy. Rush Limbaugh knows that "liberal women" are running the Senate. How Jerry Moran back down on repealing Obamacare. Sean Hannity has a meltdown. An absurd new New Yorker piece claims that Trump supporters are distinct form Republican voters.

On The Fun Half: Corey Lewandowski talks about how hot Trump's wife and daughter are. Socialism and Communism. The difference betweenTrump and Nixon. Tales from Trump's meltdowns on the campaign trail. Chris Christie booed. Footage of police planting evidence. Sam disses Scott Pruitt and make it on Scott Myers and your calls and IMs.

Direct download: 07-19-17-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:20pm EDT

Policy analyst, Matt Stoller, explains the reach of Amazon into every aspect of our lives. The rise of monopolies. The origins of anti trust laws. How Robert Bork and the Chicago School undermined anti trust laws. Why some on the Left supported monopolies. The Democratic Party and technocratic expertise. Elitism and how we make policy. Why we need regulated competition and what Elizabeth Warren is doing to lead the way against monopolies.

On The Fun Half: How Mitch McConnell's double speak on Medicaid cuts helped sink the healthcare bill. Why Paul Ryan is probably happy with the failure of repeal in the Senate. Trump, plays with a fire truck. Seb Gorka, takes a shot at Ben Rhodes and your calls and IMS.

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Investigative journalist Craig Unger, explains the importance of money laundering in Russian organized crime. The links between the Trump organization and Russian mafia and oligarchs. Buying condos through shell companies. Who is Semion Mogilevich? Was the Russian Mafia a major part of Trump's finances? Who is Felix Sater and was he like Whitey Bulger? And understanding Russian organized crime and the intelligence services.

On the Fun Half: Mike Pence lies about healthcare. Trump, has already killed more civilians than Obama. Jesse Waters gets fooled. Shep Smith cannot understand why Republicans keep lying.  Are Republicans starting to question Trump's Russia connections? Is Susan Collins hedging on the healthcare bill and your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter, explains the state of play of healthcare repeal. How close is Mitch Mcconnell to getting wavering Republican Senators. The Republicans perception of "win". John McCain planning on voting now against the healthcare repeal bill. What happens to Republicans if they can't repeal Obamacare? Who else was in the room with Don Jr. and the Russian lawyer? Cambridge Analytica and new evidence on Russian ties and what was the full extent of Russia's role in the election.

Film Guy Matthew talks about his excellent behind the scenes film about the Majority Report bell house show. Shooting Ted Alexandro's standup special. Matthew's activism. New York City politician says life is harder for the rich and Matthew tells us to watch Punishment Park.

On The Fun Half: Right Wing Mandela, explains why the Right wins. Round two of the Trump Macron handshake battle. Trump does not know history. Conservative politics and resentment and your calls and IMs.

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The Republicans next push to destroy Obamacare and Rand Paul reveals his religious faith in the market.

Michael A. McCarthy, an assistant professor of sociology at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and author of Dismantling Solidarity: Capitalist Politics and American Pensions since the New Deal, explains the history of Social Security. labors power and weakness during the Truman era. The politics of who controls pension fund money. Pensions and the private. How private pensions have led to the race the bottom in workers standards. The Reagan era and the 401k. Expanding Social Security and inequality. Undermining solidarity, capitalism and how we design welfare and why we are regressing to a time before the modern welfare state.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump talks about health care with Pat Robertson. Sam debates a Jimmy Dore fan with a Phd. Orlando cop profiles a black woman and sees she is a state attorney and he gets really friendly. Conservative claims that we talk about slavery to much. The Betsy DeVos assault on Public Education and your calls and IMs

 

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Guy Lawson, explains the confusing and deranged state of American politics and what people see oversees. Why the Right is driven by anger and a desire to spread misery. The stress of covering Trump. The Trump Administration's competent and horrible environmental policy. The frantic nature of Donald Trump. Why we need universal healthcare. Republicans and the Russia scandal. Why is the opposition party so weak in America?

On the fun half - Has Joe Scarborough changed, McConnell won't let GOP recess until Trump, Trump Jr goes to daddy Hannity to explain unbelievably incriminating email, are polls broken forever, plus your calls and IMs!

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Wosny Lambre (@BigWos) of ESPN's TrueHoop joins in studio at 12:00 ET. GOP is planning to work through August to destroy healthcare. Donald Trump Jr. has apparently left a rather blatant paper trail of possible collusion with Russia.

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On the Fun Half - Christie gets heckled on sports talk radio, pontoon-protesting Senators lake houses in North Carolina, how much a propaganda outlet is RT, Mark Penn is terrible, and your calls and IMs.

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Ted Cruz has a scam for getting through the Republicans awful health care bill.

Harry Targ a Professor in the department of political science at Purdue University, explains Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels plan to connect Purdue University to online, private education. The rise of neoliberalism, late stage capitalism and the collapse of public education. What was the original purpose of public education. The problem with separating politics and economics. STEM and the undermining of critical thinking. The STEM hype and how to resist the neoliberal agenda.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump Jr took a strange meeting. Trump's bizarre G20 video and your calls and IMs

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