The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Trump thinks a dealmaker like Andrew Jackson could've avoided the Civil War.

Wosny Lambre (@BigWos) joins us to discuss the end of ESPN's TrueHoop podcast and what the layoffs signify for sports and corporate media at large. Is ESPN imploding because they went SJW? Reince says the admin is looking at the first amendment.

On the Fun Half - Trump melts down on 'Deface the Nation,' a Bernie-leaning Michigan voter on being bamboozled to vote for Trump, on Hillary's former centrist framing of abortion rights, and Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel bashes Ivanka's nepotism.

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Journalist and author Max Blumenthal explains the Western drive for a "clash of civilizations" and the why of the rise of neofascist candidates in Western politics. The Obama era and the national security state. The proxy war in Syria. Multiple war crimes by all factions in Syria. Is history repeating itself? Terrorism and what happens next and the future of Russian and American relations.

Linda Lipsen the CEO, American Association for Justice, explains why access to courts is essential for social justice and overturning inequality. Why the 2016 electorate was anti corporate. Encouraging signs from Democrats Gorscuh hearings? And the positive results of lawsuits.

Donald Trump did not expect this job to be so hard.

Arthur H. Bryant, the Chairman of Public Justice The Remington Rifle defect that makes the gun fired without pulling the trigger. Remington's long history of causing deaths and doing another about the trigger defect. Court secrecy and PR. Remington knew about the problem and did nothing and what you can do if you are still endangered by Remington.

Secretary of State Wayne "Rex" Tillerson threatens North Korea at the UN. Bernie Sanders refuses to go to the White House for a ridiculous briefing at the White House. A new conservative network in the works? Sean Hannity losing it.

Cast: Sam Seder @samseder, Michael Brooks @_michaelbrooks, Matt Lech, @mattlech and Kelly Carey, @kellycarey.

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Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks talks about the resistance and what happens to the center-left in the Trump age. Opposition to Bush and Trump. Why Trump still popular with his supporters? Are Democrats fighting well?  Obama's terrible record on the banks  and how to beat establishment Democrats.

Javier Lopez, an attorney, with Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton, explains the unbelievable story of cuban american citizen who wasn't allowed on a carnival cruise. the evolving relationship between Cuba and the United States and the embargo and Cuban American politics.

Chris Paulos an attorney with Levin Papantonio, explains the dangers of the antipsychotic Abilify and why so many pharmaceutical companies lie to the FDA. Why the FDA does not have enough resources to monitor drugs. The side effects of Abilify. How Bristol Myers Squib got doctors to prescribe Abilify for conditions the drugs were not designed for. Using the first amendment to mis-prescribe drugs and the importance of the false claims act.

Steve Mnucchin, will not explain why Trump's tax plan is basically a tax plan for Trump. There is no corporate taxes trapped oversees.  Bill O'Reilly talks flirting.

Cast: Sam Seder @samseder, Michael Brooks @_michaelbrooks, Matt Lech, @mattlech and Kelly Carey, @kellycarey.

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Michael Flynn's relationship with Russia and Turkey is going to be a problem for them. Limbaugh "upset" Trump caved on ludicrous border wall funding demands, Paul Ryan's tax expert calls Trump's tax plan a "magic unicorn."

On the fun half - Ivanka hissed at in Germany, Jesse Watters makes a oral sex joke about it, Jeremy Corbyn on Theresa May's lack of leadership, abortion politics in red states, and your calls an IMs.

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Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) joins us today to discuss the ambiguity and paradoxes surrounding muslims in the "resistance" to Donald Trump. The surreal existence of Muslim Americans in 2017 as the most diverse religious group in America. How New Atheists resemble right wing fundamentalists.

On the fun half: Confederate monuments going down in New Orleans,  Jeff Sessions wants to blame Democrats for their government shutdown, Alex Jones says he slept with 150 women by the time he was 16, Gorka gorked at Georgetown, and a moment of appreciation of Cam'ron's politics.

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French voters send a neoliberalism and a neofascist to the runoff round of voting. Donald Trump claims that the electoral college favors Democrats and is genuinely insane. President Trump's war on the earth and your health. More lead in low income housing thanks to Republicans. Trump's war on the poor. The climate crisis deepens and why the planet can't survive the Trump presidency.

On The Fun Half: Most Trump supporters still support him. Ralph Peters makes some sense and demonizes Muslims on Fox News. Are we close to a government shutdown? Joy Reid attacks Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders is popular and the bizarre reasons people don't like him. Alex Jones compares himself to Thomas Jefferson and it gets crazier from there. Tucker Carelson attacks Mark Cuban from the Left. The last chance to stop the Keystone Pipeline.

Cast: Sam Seder @samseder, Michael Brooks @_michaelbrooks, Matt Lech, @mattlech and Kelly Carey, @kellycarey.

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Jeff Sessions stunning attack on the Federal Judiciary and reveals his racism yet again. America’s chief lawyer had neo-confederate politics. Are we about to have another government shutdown over the border wall with Mexico? Why Trump is being treated like a lame duck. Why Republicans might be in serious trouble. The return of the Democratic civil war. Why are Bernie and Tom Perez endorsing an anti choice candidate? The big problem with the Democratic consulting class and why did Jason Chaffetz retire?

Andy Kindler mocks the amazingly awful Dennis Miller on the O’Reilly factor. The sad tale of Dennis Miller. What’s next for Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller. Why is Andy Kindler in a Twitter war with Ricky Gervais? Kindler explains his argument with Josh Zepps. Dave Rubin is incredibly stupid.

On The Fun Half: Kid Rock, Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin hang out with Trump and its just as disgusting as you would expect. Michael Reagan defends Bill O’Reilly’s sexual harassment and racism and your calls and IMs.

Cast: Sam Seder @samseder, Michael Brooks @_michaelbrooks, Matt Lech, @mattlech and Kelly Carey, @kellycarey.

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Author Thomas Frank reflects on the end of the Bill O'Reilly era. The development of O'Reilly's persona. The renewed Sanders and Clinton battle. The bizarre anti Sanders bias of some of the Democratic elite. The Democratic elites failed belief in big data. Why Elizabeth Warren needs to run for President. The cult of the curator. The liberal obsession of creation. Do liberals worship professionals? Are we living an intellectual cartel? And monopoly media power in the digital age.

On The Fun Half: Bill O'Reilly is an absolutely terrible person. Was everyone complicit at Fox News. The Good Liars strike Fox News. Ivanka Trump is awful. Racist who punched a woman at Trump rally sues Trump for not covering his legal fees. The Patriots who wouldn't go to the White House. Alan Branch calls out Donald Trump for being disgusting. DSA affiliated Black Lives Matter candidate wins a City Council seat in Atlanta and your calls IMS.

Cast: Sam Seder @samseder, Michael Brooks @_michaelbrooks, Matt Lech, @mattlech and Kelly Carey, @kellycarey.

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Ronnie Kasrils joins us from South Africa for the first part of the show. How Ronnie became involved in black liberation politics partially in response to the Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa on March 21, 1960. Mandela's refocusing of ANC toward mass struggle. Ronnie's work for the ANC in exile. Ronnie's journey to radicalism and parallels with the corruption of the American system. The longterm failure of keeping people engaged in politics. Why Ronnie is impressed with the state of civil struggle in America.

Then, Benjamin Dixon joins us to gauge the political and ideological rumblings of the democrats after strong showings in historically strong republican party districts.

On the fun half - Bernie almost literally dragging Perez in a more progressive direction on Chris Hayes, Fareed Zakaria doubles down on calling Trump presidential for launching missiles, Lindsey Graham BFFs with Trump now because he calls and launches missiles, and Jeff Flake gets his dumb pedantry about Merrick Garland smacked down at a town hall.

 

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Donald Trump threatens North Korea and demonstrates he has no idea what he is talking about. Georgia special election might be a win for Democrats. Trump records an anti Pelosi robocall in Georgia.

Journalist David Dayen, explains the hidden monopoly that drives up prescription drug prices. What are PBMs and why they matter. How drug companies are leveraged by PBMs and how to being PBMs under control. Who is Gary Cohen? Donald Trump's major recent policy reversals. Trump's new tune on China. The Trump Administration is still racist. Why the new NAFTA will probably look just like the TPP. Trump goes globalist and why Goldman Sachs policy and bigoted immigration policies can work together.

On The Fun Half: measuring the polls in Georgia. ICE's new crackdowns on immigrants. Tom Cotton confronted at a townhall for being a corporate shill. Dean Heller confronted for voting against women's healthcare at a townhall in Nevada and not giving clear answers on Obamacare. Senator Diane Feinstein flubs an answer on Single Payer healthcare. Congressman Markwayne Mullin, says he does not benefit from being in Congress and he does not work with his constituents because he pays taxes and your calls and IMs.

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Fox News celebrates the dropping of the "Mother of all Bombs" in Afghanistan. Trump's new move against transparency as protesters demand Trump release his tax returns. Turkey moves closer to dictatorship. Sassy Trump captures the essence of Trump's call for airstrikes in Syria. Trump blunders through North Korea policy. Democrats get momentum. More House Democrats sign on to Universal Healthcare and the war against the EPA intensifies.

On The Fun Half: Fox & Friends has a brand new and even more stupid team. Trump wants love from a White House tour and gets none. Republicans change their minds on bombing Syria with Trump in office. Alt Right troll threatens the Trump White House if they fire Bannon. Mike Cernovich, pretends he was assaulted in Texas at a anti Trump rally. Alex Jone's attorney says his client is a performance artist and your calls and IMs.

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Ganesh Sitaraman is an Assistant Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School. He joins us to discuss his new book, "The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic."

For members, Sam chats with pals Eugene Mirman and H Jon Benjamin on Air America.

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Henry Heller is Professor of Early Modern and Modern History at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. He joined Sam to discuss his new book, 'The Capitalist University: The Transformations of Higher Education United States'

For members, a conversation Sam and Janeane had with Gore Vidal.

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Henry Petroski, A professor both of civil engineering and history at Duke University, on his most recent book, The Road Taken: The History and Future of America’s Infrastructure.

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Steven A. Cook joins Michael to discuss the Trump admin's bombing of Syria in retaliation for gas attacks. Trump's immediate about-face on Assad. What comes after the strikes? The role the Trump admin's rhetoric and signals played in Assad's apparent willingness to push the line. What practical reason could Assad have had to risk using sarin gas. How we got to now in Syria.

Then, an interview Sam did with Vicky Ward on Rebekah Mercer and the Mercer family's influence in politics.

For members: Sam and Janeane speak with late comedian George Carlin, from the Air America archives.

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Recorded April 8th at the Bell House in Brooklyn at Podfest 2017. For Members: Stephen Colbert talks with Sam and Janeane in 2006.

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Cliff Schecter explains the incoherence military action in Syria. Where are the "moderate" rebels? What we can actually accomplish in terms of helping refugees. Why Trump can't lead a war. The medias relentless failure to cover Syria and why we need to vigilant. Farred Zakaria pathetically calls Trump our President. Brian Williams gets bizarre and poetic about war and the Republicans use the nuclear option to confirm Gorsuch.

On The Fun Half: Mitch McConnell nukes the filibuster and lies. Sam revisits his debate with Jimmy Dore. Betsy DeVos makes a bizarre visit to a college campus. A new student loan forgiveness scam from the Department of Education. Alex Jones says that the United States is preparing to nuke. And your calls and IMs.

Cast Sam Seder, Michael Brooks Matt Lech and Kelly Carey

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Deven Nunes out on the Intelligence Committee and replaced by someone who might be worse and more on Fox's sexual harassment culture.

Chris Hayes, host of the Chris Hayes Show and author of, A Colony in a Nation, explains Richard Nixon's role in the creation of the modern law and order state. Colonialism and American revolution. Why smugglers were popular in early American history. Colonial era smuggling and the modern drug war. The murder of Eric Garner and Jefferson's attack on the crown. Policing and revenue and Ferguson. Police as occupying forces. White fear and American history. Police violence, African Americans and recurring themes in American history. What changed in 1968. Jeff Sessions unshackles police departments and the return of private prisons. What fuels change? Is there a way to change white fear and pathology? Understanding Trump's mind and American bigotry and The what people are missing about the Nunes story.

On The Fun Half: Sam and Michael imagine a Steve Bannon, Jared Kushner fight after news breaks that Bannon calls Kushner a "cuck" behind his back. Maxine Waters says Bill O'Reilly belongs in jail. Trump rambles about chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Michele Bachman still around and still very crazy.  A trip down memory lane with Bill O'Reilly attacking rappers. Pepsi's insane and awful protest ad. Trump voters and racism and your calls and IMS.

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Neil Gorsuch will be approved for the Supreme Court. Jeff Merkley, calls out the Republicans for stealing a Supreme Court seat. Chemical weapons attack in Syria. Russia's unlikely explanation. Trump has no plan on North Korea. Will Democrats win Tom Price's House seat. Still no deal on the Republicans Obamacare replacement. Record high support for Obamacare. Disparities in how much doctors make. There is a wage gap. Why is Bannon off the NSC?

On The Fun Half: Ivanka Trump has a mind blowing explanation for how she is avoiding conflict of interests. How Ivanka is complicit in Trump's global war on women. Roger Stone goes after Jared Kushner. Rick Perry is on the NSC. Louie CK, explains Donald Trump perfectly. Jason Miller pretends he does not know who Erik Prince is on an appearance on CNN. How Libertarians  get followers and your calls and IMs.

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Bill O'Reilly accuser on Bill's unwelcomely vigorous dating tactics.

Derek Davison (@dwdavison9318): How Trump is different regarding civilian casualties in conflict areas. The nonsensical love affair of the Trump-supporting 'anti-war' crowd. The wishful thinking of Trumpist foreign policy with respect to Moscow and Tehran.

Cory Pein (@coreypein): Silicon Valley's dangerous myths and how they synergize with the current political regime. The Dark Enlightenment as the tech manifestation of Red Pill philosophy. Bannon as a prime example. Peter Thiel and Milton Friedman's grandkid as fans of a blog by 'Mencius Moldbug' that argued for monarchy and that black people were better off under segregation.

On the fun half - Bernie sits down with Jane Mayer to talk campaign finance and tells Boston Dems that the democratic party lost more than Trump one, Trump wants Kushner to run the government, Chelsea Clinton doesn't think she's the best person to run for office in 2020, an Australian senator still thinks gay people can change who they are attracted to, and your calls and IMs.

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Ryan Grim, meets KKK for another showdown, he talks why the Republicans are on defense with the boys and we call Grim on lying to the people and abusing the first amendment.

KKK hits the big time. How buy gold and enlarge your manhood. Sean Hannity, exposes spring break

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Political strategist Cliff Schecter, explains why Devin Nunes needs to be thrown off of the Intelligence Committee and a Republican Congressman suggests that Congresspeople work for the President. Jack Kingston, spins for Trump. What game is Devin Nunes playing and is the White House throwing him under the bus? Mike Flynn is in trouble, but does he have any real information. Paul Manafort is still probably the center of the crime. Is the Russia story about organized crime or espionage. Is Trump going to finish his term? Republicans pass legislation attacking funding for Planned Parenthood and the dangerous Republican assault on the environment.

David Earl Waterman and Maggi Mayfield the co-hosts of the YTunes Shuffle podcast, why did Waterman have an enemy of Sam on his show? How Sam alienates people. The unique format of YTunes Shuffle. Did Sam like Seal in the 1990s. Does Waterman know Louie CK? Why Maggi.

On The Fun Half: Joe Biden wants to know why Democrats didn't talk about the Middle Class in 2016. Have we got Trump wrong on women. The state of the Gorsuch battle. Claire McCaskill voices concerns about filibustering Gorsuch. The climate crisis and Florida.

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Tanya Erzen, an associate professor of religion and gender studies at the University of Puget Sound, joins us to discuss her new book: "God in Captivity: The Rise of Faith-Based Prison Ministries in the Age of Mass Incarceration", explains what brought her to work inside the prison system and the shift of state prisons in religion training centers. What are  Faith Based Character institutions? Religion and saving individuals instead of focusing on structure. The theology of conversion. What is the purpose of prison? The important of questioning the system inside prison. Coercion and freedom of religion in religious training in captivity. Private prisons and religion. Watergate and the conservative idea of prison reform and slavery and the modern prison system.

On The Fun Half: Why the military can't protect us from cybercrime. David Samson is sentenced to a year of confinement to his vacation home. Bridget Kelly sentenced for Bridgegate, but she promises to not be a scapegoat. Rick Santorum says coal jobs "breathe oxygen in the lungs"  of into small towns. Progressive religion and prison reform. Rein Priebus is Trump's caretaker. Angela Rye won't talk with "bigot" Joe Walsh. Another ICE horror story. Did Keith Ellison mess up? Random Rush and your calls and IMs.

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House Republicans vote to keep themselves in the dark about Trump's taxes. Why Tax Reform could be the next GOP Waterloo. Devin Nunes continues wandering around Capital Hill not resigning from the intelligence committee. Trump/Russia probably more money laundering than manchurian candidate. A holocaust survivor tells acting ICE director he's on the "wrong side of history."

On the Fun Half - Can Democrats take Tom Price's seat in Georgia's 6th? Trump voters beg him to stop tweeting, Trump makes a mistake after saying it's important not to make mistakes, ICE happy to not have to chase the dangerous guys, and your calls and IMs.

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Vox environmental reporter David Roberts explains the term tribal epistemology and how it explains contemporary politics. The climate crisis and the closing of the conservative  mind to objective reality. The origins of the Right's attack on science. Why conservatives don't believe in neutrality. Are there tensions inside the political Right? Do Americans want to restore institutions? The different types of populism. Are we sorting ourselves into two societies? Accepting the reality of how polarized we are and why so many liberals don't understand it. Why total post modernism will make journalism impossible and why journalists need to take sides in order to save journalism.

On The Fun Half; Trey Gowdy hilariously reverses himself on leaks in defense of Devin Nunes. Are Democrats going to win Tom Price's seat? How to sell expanding Medicare. Bill O'Reilly gets very racist talking about Maxine Waters. Former CIA officer comments on Nunes and his bizarre behavior. Glenn Beck almost tricks himself into supporting universal healthcare. Healthcare is a right. Oklahoma Republican thinks that rape and incest might be the will of God.

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Will Menaker (@WillMenaker), cohost of podcast Chapo Trap House, joins the show today. Will the democrats ever support Medicare for All? The Democrats' fetishization of complexity. Why the GOP has no room to offer a coherent healthcare policy. Ezra Klein selling out of single payer.

On the fun half - Reince Priebus says Trump guiding followers to watch Judge Jeanine segment bashing Paul Ryan was a coincidence, Bernie calls for a public option, the House Freedom Caucus is not ready to govern as they are insane, 60 Minutses embarrasses itself by having Mike Cernovich on, Koppel tells Hannity he's bad for America, Alex Jones apologizes for PizzaGate, and your calls and IMs. 

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Trump can't get the votes together to pass the House's horrible healthcare bill yet. The importance of the Russia story in driving down TRump's numbers.

Digby, explains what the smart Republican move on healthcare would have been. The monstrosity of the Republican bill and how Trump attacked Obamacare from the Left. Did Trump back the Republicans into a corner on healthcare? Does Steve Bannon oppose "Ryancare". How Tom Price can still hurt Obamacare. James Comey lets the Intelligence Committee know that Trump is being investigated. The Republicans conduct on the Intelligence Committee. Is Nunes part of an investigation? Did Trump think he was dealing with the Russian mafia? And Neil Gorsuch's radical agenda and staged performance. Democrats question Gorsuch on corporate power and why he will almost certainly end up on the Court.

Isabel Gillies tells us the story of genuine kelly. Sam and Isabel's tennis and beer commercials. Isabel gets an Alexa. Teenagers and technology. Isabel's parenting methods and Isabel tells us watch the documentary series called Abstract the Art of Design.

Bernie Sanders calls out the democratic leadership. OMB Director Mick Mulvaney tells people to move to another state if they don't like the care that is offered in their states. Neil Grouch's cruel decision on a child with autism. Al Franken calls out Gorsuch for denying that Justices are political. Don Lemon burns the Freedom Caucus. Albee Hastings calls out Republican nastiness. Steve Mnuchin talks about Donald Trump's stamina.

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Chuck Schumer finally moves towards a filibuster on Neil Gorsuch. The importance of the FBI investigation into Trump. Did Trump deal with the Russian Mafia.

Zephyr Teachout, an Associate Professor of Law at Fordham University and a political activist explains Neil Gorsuch's radical and extremist understanding of economic and political power. Is Gorsuch going to go even further and getting money into politics? The disturbing nature of Judge Gorsuch's hearings. The frozen trucker case. Claiming a textual reading but inventing law. The Chevron decision and why Gorsuch does not follow precedent. What Gorsuch is signaling to the oligarchs. The Mercer and Koch effort to destroy democracy. The role of the Mercer family in defeating Zephr's run for Congressional run and money corrupting politics and Trump's violation of the Emoluments Clause.

And a unanimous Supreme Court overturns Neil Gorsuch's decision on students with disabilities and Neil Gorsuch in addition to being cruel is incredibly unfunny.

On The Fun Half: Samantha Bee uses Sam to rip Gorka apart. Why Democrats need universal programs. Bob Casey comes out for filibustering Neil Gorsuch. Intelligence Committee Chairman tips off the Trump Administration? Adam Schiff says the Nunes needs to not be a mole for the Trump Administration. Schiff also says the evidence of Russia's role in the election is more than circumstantial. Carl Bernstein explains why we are un uncharted territory. John McCain calls for a select committee on the Russia story. The Freedom Caucus killing Ryan's healthcare bill? Congressman Thomas Massie, says he wants to kill the healthcare bill in order to save Trump. Elizabeth Warren rips into Republicans for their horrific approach to healthcare and your calls and IMs.

 

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Chris Lehmann: editor, columnist, and author on how the current anti-PC fixation is an echo from the 1990's PC hysteria. Where Andrew Sullivan's problems with intersectionality came from. Sullivan's borderline crazy belief intersectionality is a "religion," contrasted with his softening of Charles Murray's "race science." Jonathan Chait, Andrew Sullivan, etc and their preoccupation and phobia of criticism from the left. Why are colleges allowing the American Enterprise Institute colonize their institutions?

Padraig O'Malley: Remembering Martin McGuinness - The story of Martin McGuinness and his struggle against violent oppression. McGuinness joining the IRA after Bloody Sunday. How conflicts evolve to higher level of violence. The history of the IRA and the Irish struggle. McGuinness' alleged role in the times of rising violence, and his belief there is "no peace without forgiveness."

On the fun half - Jeffrey Lord on Trump's "Americanese," Misogyny and anti-PC in the 'rational skeptic' communities, Al Franken hits Neil Gorsuch on his "Frozen Trucker" case, Amanda Carpenter slams Ivanka's nepotism, Whitehouse back into slamming Gorsuch, GOP Rep Massie gets 275 calls against Ryancare and 4 for it, and Wayne (Rex Tillerson) Tracker didn't want to be Secretary of State.

 

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Democrats focusing on the right things in the Neil Gorsuch hearings? Trump voters beginning to regret voting for him. Bill O'Reilly says that Trump should start telling the truth. Democrats need to offer universal programs. James Comey confirms Russia preferred Trump to Clinton. Trey Gowdy is a massive hack. James Comey shows his hand at the hearings on Russia's influence on the 2016 campaign. Congressman Nunes head of the Intelligence Committee says he has never heard of Carter Page or Roger Stone. Trump's tweets debunked in real time at the Comey hearing. Are the Democrats finally getting serious about populism in dealing with Neil Gorsuch? Al Franken grills Gorsuch and Sheldon Whitehouse calls out Gorsuch for corporate corruption.

On The Fun Half: Neil Gorsuch does more puppy dog face to hide his extreme views. Why Democratic appointed Judges are more honest than Republican ones. Tomi Lahren, gets in trouble for being pro choice. Kimberley Guilfoyle wants Snoop Dogg to be visited by federal marshals. Trump and criminals justice and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 03-21-17-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
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FBI Director James Comey confirms that Russia's role in the election is being investigated. The hearings for Neil Gorsuch begin.

Sam interviews journalist Masha Gessen, who explains that Trump is attempting to create an autocracy. Trump's attacks on government and the media. The rules for fighting autocracy. How Trump is degrading public norms on corruption. Searching for signs normalcy. Trump's constant lies and how exhausting it is. Russia and the urge toward conspiracy theories. The importance of maintaining open debate. Is our system capable of resisting. Why the Russia story is a trap. Why we are frantically searching for a conspiracy when we need to protect our political space. Dealing with the reality of Americans supporting Trump and how to balance fighting autocracy and more traditional political battles.

On The Fun Half: Richard Spencer says Egyptians were made by white people. Angela Merkel and Donald Trump have a very awkward meeting. Trump does not regret tweeting conspiracy theories. The Republican horror show. Paul Ryan brags about supporting Donald Trump because of all of the awful things he is now able to do. Trump reaches a new low in popularity. The Clinton campaigns failures. Why Russia won't be a silver bullet and your calls and IMs.

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Sean Spicer says that British Intelligence may have been part of the imagined wired tap on Trump and Sam and Michael do a dramatic reenactment of Obama calling UK Intelligence.

Cliff Schecter reflects on the Dumdum Left and Trump. The perils of electing a sociopath. The sociopath proposal to cut Meals on Wheel and after school meals for poor children. Republicans cruel fairy tales that lead to making kids starve. Republicans dreamed about making people poor while they were drinking at the keg in college and more useless and cruel cuts proposed by Trump.

Film Guy Matthew Weiss explains why The Expanse is a good but not great show. Matthew's new eBay adventures. More filmmaking adventures with Matthew and Sam and Matthew tells us to watch the film: The Shop on Main Street.

On The Fun Half: OMB Head Mick Mulvany lies and lies about Meals on Wheels. Libertarians writer lie about Meals on Wheels. Reporters getting exhausted by covering Trump's fantasy life. Mick Mulvany talks dangerous nonsense about the climate crisis. Trump comes out for a even worse healthcare bill. Paul Ryan talks libertarian nonsense about health care and Bernie Sanders advocates sanity and compassion in health care. Ali Velshi debunks nonsense on health care and your calls and IMs.

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The disastrous Republican healthcare rollout and Trump is already throwing Ryan under the bus.

Christy Ford Chapin, an assistant professor of twentieth-century political history at the University of Maryland and author of" Ensuring America's Health: The Public Creation of the Corporate Health Care System", explains why America has a uniquely dysfunctional healthcare system. How did Blue Cross/Blue Shield get launched? Pre-paid physician groups and why they made sense. Has insurance companies distort medicine. Americans older fear of mega corporations. Lobbying power and modern modern medicine. The 1930s push for national health insurance. Truman's plan for universal healthcare and to destroy insurance companies. Opposition to public healthcare and why did the private insurance industry support Obamacare?H

On the Fun Half: Paul Ryan is humiliated by Jake Tapper. Paul Ryan says his own healthcare bill needs to revised in order to pass through the House. Tom Price has no soul. Trump's new Muslim ban gets blocked in Federal Court and some kid in the audience does not like it. If Trump wants someone to blame, blame Stephen Miller. Is Seb Gorky a Neo-Nazi. Trump's radical far Right Wing budget. Trump never forgets, Random Rush. The Trump Administration will make it easier for drones to kill civilians and your calls and IMs.

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Paul Ryan's healthcare plan is class warfare against the Middle Class and the Poor.

Journalist Angela Nagle, explains the long history of elite disdain for the masses that spans Left and Right. The Alr Right and Steve King's White Nationalism. How is the Alt Right different from the old Right? The Alt Right and the resurgence of over racism. Trump and civic conservatism and racism. Panic and racism. The younger people of the Alt Right. The problem with "I'm just joking" as a defense. The Left and Internet culture and the openings for the Alt Right. The Right and culture. Who cares about being edgy? And what would Alt Right policy look like?

On The Fun Half: Republican plans to undermine and hurt Obamacare. Former CBO director confirms that the Ryan plan is an attack on vulnerable Americans. Lindsey Graham, sees trouble ahead for the Ryan replacement plan. Leaked tape of Paul Ryan trash talking Trump behind his back back during the campaign. Congressman Joe Barton, gets booed after saying violence against women is a state issue. Why Trump needs parenting. Bernie Sanders with a powerful town hall in West Virginia.

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Steven Cook (@StevenACook), the Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations joins us on the show today.

Michael Flynn's blatant cooperation with the Turkish government. Turkey's history as a "Frenemy" to the US. Who is Fethullah Gülen and why did the Turks have Mike Flynn call him "Saddam Hussein?" Erdogan's upcoming attempt to consolidate the powers of the presidency in a referendum and why he called the Dutch "Nazi remnants" and how clashing with Geert Wilders and the Dutch right-wing nationalists helps both.

Then, Mike Hanna (@mjahanna) of Al Jazeera English joins us to talk about the UN in the age of Trump. The UN initiative against sex crimes. Is Nikki Haley answering to the State Department or the White House. How Trump could use the UN as a front to project his foreign policy in Syria and across the world. The UN's ability to cope with the political aspects of conflicts. South Africa and Jacob Zuma's corruption and successor. The unraveling of the African National Congress.

An on the fun half - Bernie says both parties forgot West Virginia, Steve King goes full racist, an update from Ronald Raygun on tumult in the immigrant communities, Brian Stelter goes hard at Sean Hannity, Theresa May laughs in a very alarming fashion, and your calls and IMs.

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

Mike Flynn lobbied for Turkey and maybe also a Russian agent. The Republicans radical far right agenda.

Cliff Schecter explains the Republicans demented healthcare plan. The Republicans who oppose the Medicaid cuts. The radicalization of the Republican Party. Why the Republicans attacked the ACA from the Left and want to destroy from the right. Paul Ryan is an idiot and still gets credit from bad reporters for being wonky. Republicans are always dishonest about insurance and the Democrats failing message on healthcare.

Writer and filmmaker Stephen Elliot, explains filmmaking in the Trump era. His new series Drive and people losing it in the Trump era. Experiencing politics under Bush and Trump. why conservatives are bad at fiction writing and comedy. Sympathy and empathy. Can you find the humanity in Trump? Getting fired from every job Stephen has ever had. Where does the word bromance come from. Memories from the Dean campaign and having a constantly moving career. The love of working with actors and what's next.

The most epic interview interruption ever. Greg Gutfeld attacks Sam Seder and it's, Sad! Ali Velshi, explains to a inarticulate Republican Congressman why private healthcare does not work. Chris Hayes wants to know why the Republicans are rushing Obamacare repeal. Rand Paul hurting Trump?

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We are sending Marines to Syria. Why Paul Ryan wants to use repealing the ACA to give rich people tax cuts.

Richard Kahlenberg, a Senior Fellow at the Century Foundation explains why Betsy DeVos does not believe in public education. The myth of mass public school failure. The opportunity gap in public education. Why unregulated school choice is a problem. Why money well spent in public education works. Trump's plan to divert money to private schools. The plan for a backdoor voucher system. Opening the door to discrimination in public education. The myth of private school success. The erosion of democrats values and how to fight the Trump/DeVos plan to gut public education.

On The Fun Half: Mark Cuban gets ahead of Democrats on healthcare. The Democrats failing message on healthcare. Congressman Joe Kennedy III calls out Paul Ryan's cruelty. Republican Congressman is shockingly stupid. Scott Pruitt explains his plans to use the EPA to destroy the environment and public health and denies the role of human activity in climate change.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:57pm EST

Sean Spicer makes another deranged case for smaller government.

Journalist Nelson Denis, explains the one hundred year anniversary of Puerto Ricans getting citizenship in the United States. America's second class citizenship for Puerto Ricans. The colonial treatment of Puerto Rico in America. Puerto Rico and the Cold War. The Jones Act and imposed austerity on the island. The legal structure of wealth extraction from Puerto Rico. Charles Herbert Allen the first civilian governor of Puerto Rico. The financial control board and the false narrative about Puerto Rico. Corruption, austerity and privatization The movement for Puerto Rican independence and the need to reform the Jones.

On The Fun Half: International Women's Day protests. The EPA scraps science terminology from it's website. Trump's OMB Director thinks that "insurance is not the end goal". Donald Trump not committed to the new healthcare bill. The GOP's Medicaid hustle. The CEO insurance provision. The GOP health plan and crisis of lottery winners on Medicaid. Al Franken is concerned about Jeff Sessions lying to the Senate. The Trump Administration considers separating mothers from their children at the Mexican border and IMs.

 

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Alexis Goldstein (@alexisgoldstein) to discuss how Wall Street will rob us via the GOP and Trump Admin. Wall Street's professed values for diversity and "pinkwashing." How bankers thought nationalization was more of a possibility post-financial crisis than lawmakers did. The current significance of Dodd-Frank and the reality of "over-regulation" rhetoric. How DeVos and Ben Carson can cause damage despite not knowing anything.

Then, Michael Shure (@MichaelShure) on the prospects for the GOP's cobbled together Obamacare replacement. Why Michael thinks the replacement will die in the House.

On the fun half - Bob Beckel says Trump is losing it, Chaffetz thinks medical debt is because people like iPhone, Ben Carson has thoughts on brains and slavery (but apparently not housing), Seb Gorka thinks VOICE is "un-American."

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:28pm EST

Democrats raise big money for a Congressional election in Georgia. Donald Trump gives advice to school children. The Republicans deregulate everything. Our country is about to be much sicker, polluted and corrupt. ICE terrorizes the undocumented and Steve Bannon's racist inspiration.

On The Fun Half: James Comey demands that the DOJ clarify that Obama did not phone tap Donald Trump. George Stephanopoulos loses patience with Sarah Huckabee. Mark Levin's conspiracy theory travels. Trump and Ukraine policy. Carter Page has another bizarre interview. Roger Stones and Alex Jones spin a new conspiracy  and your calls and IMs.

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Political strategist Cliff Schecter breaks down the ongoing fallout from the Sessions revelations. The many Russian connections to the Trump Administration. The oligarch Administration. Did Jeff Sessions admit he committed perjury? The connected interests between Russia and the United States.

Congressman David Nunes threatens the press for investigating the Russia story and what is happening with the FBI? The Administration's savage EPA cuts and Rand Paul wants to read the Obamacare bill.

Andy Kindler does the drugs. Kindler's new CNN war. Andy rips into Van Jones and Andy joins Sam and Michael in mocking Dennis Miller.

On The Fun Half: Carter Page is an odd fellow and raises more questions about the Trump Administration. Carter Page also claims his civil rights were violated. Jess Sessions recuses himself.

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Jeff Sessions met with the Russian ambassador and lied about it.

Rebecca Kolins Givan, an Associate Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at Rutgers University, explains the thinking behind the push for privatization. Privatizing profit and socializing risk. Finance and making money off of public health services. The Post Office and rural mail delivery. How workers can organize in the face of cost cutting and privatization and the possibility for organizing in spite of the assault on the public sector and the distinct types of union organizing.

On The Fun Half: Jeff Sessions issues a new denial about meeting with Russians. We mock Jeff Sessions. The time Paul Manafort gave a really unconvincing explanation about Russia. Nancy Pelosi says Sessions needs to go. Racism caught on tape. More police brutality and your calls and IMs.

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We mock Gorka. Trump is laughed at for claiming to drain the swamp. Trump demonizes immigrants. Van Jones major fail on CNN. The Democratic response is a major misfire. Why buying insurance across state lines won't help and why "access" to healthcare means nothing.

On The Fun Half: Gorka on whether Trump considers Islam a religion. Trump's dangerous new immigration proposal. The mainstream media buckles for Trump. Uber's CEO rants like a jerk to a Uber driver. Alex Jones drops more science and your calls and IMs.

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Why Keith Ellison would have represented a progressive move forward for the Democratic Party. Why did establishment Democrats invest so heavily in blocking progressives movements. Left politics and anti Trump politics. Betsy DeVos, praises Jim Crow education and ICE agents are unshackled and immigrants are under attack across the country.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump can't even answer a Fox & a Friends question. Trump can't answer a simple question on cutting Social Security. Trump blames Obama for his raid in Yemen that killed several children and a Navy Seal. When Republicans are in power , the politics of cultural grievance come back into style. Tucker Carelson and Bill Nye "debate" climate science. Texas State Sen. Don Huffiness, freaks out on High School students who understand public education. Bernie Sanders laughs at Trump for being a fool and your call IMs.

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Bhaskar Sunkara (@SunraySunray), founder of "Jacobin" magazine, joins us on the show today. Where we stand after 1 month of the radical President Bannon. How the GOP retweets nazis while democrats shy away from embracing socialist democracy. What it means when Bannon and Norquist reference Lenin. Tom Perez and the DNC's atrociously limited imagination.

On the fun half - Republicans get reamed at town halls across the country, Seb Gorka gets called a charlatan, more on Tom Perez, Reince Priebus argues with Chris Wallace, Mnuchin, and Grassley and Rubio get castigated at a town hall.

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Sean Illing (@SeanIlling) joins us to discuss his article in Vox, "Richard Rorty’s prescient warnings for the American left." Who is Richard Rorty? How the Vietnam War led to a split in the left and to more cultural concerns and the price the democrats have paid for abandoning redistributionary economics. The extent to which Trump (and even Bernie Sanders) has proven Rorty's predictions.

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University of Florida historian @DrIbram joins 2 Dope Boys and a Podcast this week to discuss his book, “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.”

Tracing the genesis and circulation of racist and anti-racist ideas through American history. How our popular understanding of “racist” is far too narrow. Racist ideas in people victimized by racism, and the racial assumptions people can adopt about groups they’re from, from culture. Respectability politics, assimilationism and “uplift-suasion,” all the way back to the 1790s Abolitionists. How we determine “ways to do culture” that aren’t racially exclusive. How any culture can make itself look superior by standardizing it’s attributes and grading others against the standards. The importance of being an anti-racist vs. “not racist.”

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Historian Stephen Kinzer (@StephenKinzer) joins us to talk about his new book, "The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire." America's dueling impulses toward isolation and intervention. The unremembered prevalence of anti-imperialism at the turn of the 19th century. Complaints of "glut" as a rationale for taking foreign territories.

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Professor Rebecca Spang (@RebeccaSpang), historian of France at Indiana University, joins us today to discuss her book, "Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution." How the crisis that led to the French Revolution resembles our modern debt ceiling standoffs. What revolutionary France can tell us about monetary theory. The social foundations of money.

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John Nixon, a former CIA analyst who was tasked with interrogating Saddam Hussein, joins us today to discuss his book, "Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein." How John began studying Iraq for the CIA in the late 90's. The amount of attention the CIA paid to regime change in Iraq during the Clinton admin. How John knew Saddam was a target for 9/11 the following day. How Iraq was a product of both the Bush and separate neoconservative agendas. How Saddam in 2002 was more concerned with delegating rule and writing literature.

 

 

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Cliff Schecter, reflects on the passing of Bob Michael a moderate Republican leader. Trump's popularity with Republicans and the insanity of Republican politics. Republican leaders have responsibility for creating Trump. Trump and Planet of the Apes. Trump thinks all black people know each other. Trump freaks out on a Jewish reporter. Trump is wrong about the drug crisis. Trump tries to explain how fake news can lead to real leaks and Trump rambles about Russia and it's crazy.

Is the Trump Administration going to use the National Guard to round up immigrants. Shep Smith calls out Trump. Sebastian Gorka is a hilarious hack and wants you to know in response to a question about being a Nazi sympathizer with an answer about not being a Communist. Guns, mental illness and terrorist watch lists. Russia and the Trump Administration and your calls and IMs.

On the Fun Half: Trump forces meatloaf on Chris Christie. Seb Gorka goes SJW on Jake Tapper.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:18pm EST

Journalist David Dayen, explains how the Trump Administration is moving behind the scenes to dismantle Obamacare. The ways the Trump Administration is already limiting Obamacare and the political strategy behind it. New instructions to the IRS. How Republicans are creating the death spiral for Obamacare. The Republicans hilarious reversal on Medicaid. What is the Democrats strategy? The Republicans new pension scam and why did Andrew Puzder get pushed out by the Republicans.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump remains insane. Maine and what happens next with Obamacare. Trump rambles about Russia. Trump  and the Republican Congress gives the extraction industry a big favor. Pat Robertson is sane in today's GOP. The Deep State and Trump. Trump is caught in a lie. Susan Sarandon called out for stupidity on Trump and your calls and IMs.

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Wosny Lambre (@BigWos) joins the show in studio today. Sorting through the multiple interpretations of the Trump administrations ongoing scandal regarding campaign contact with Russia. How to keep a level head when there is clearly a troubling amount of deep state activity.

And on the fun half - KellyAnne Conway's getting savaged for booking herself on shows proving life imitates SNL sketches, Trump responds to question about anti-semitism by boasting of his big electoral college win, Rand Paul states the obvious about the GOP intentions (or lack of) to investigate Trump, and Hugh Hewitt really wants Andy Puzder.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:07pm EST

Journalist Marcy Wheeler, explains why the Intelligence community has become worried about Trump and national security. Mike Flynn's Russia calls and why he lied. Was Flynn compromised by Russia and how that information became public. Did Trump direct Flynn. How Flynn's call was intercepted. Obama and the National Security State. Does the scandal end with Flynn? Congressional investigations into Russia and Trump. Why we need to know more about the hacks into the DNC. Why the investigations need to be secret. Russia's internal investigation and killing connected to the Trump dossier and is the FBI eyeing Trump.

On the Fun Half: The Trump Administration's threat to national security. When Michael Flynn led chants of lock her up about Hillary Clinton at the RNC. KellyAnne Conway running out of steam, can't keep up with Administration lies on Flynn. Sean Spicer finally wins one. What's next for Mike Fynn Jr? The lying and creepy Stephen Miller. Omarosa threatens a reporter and your calls and IMs.

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

Why do conservatives exploit small children by turning them into pundits? Al Franken notes that Donald Trump is not being normal. What are sanctuary cities. The new ICE attack by the Trump Administration on immigrant communities. The human costs of Trump's attack on immigrants. We revisit Paul Ryan's recent lie about deportation forces. The horrific results of a mistaken illegal vote. Voters show up to town halls to preserve the ACA. Republican leader repeats death panel lie and a smart voter at a town hall calls Paul Ryan's healthcare plan "junk".

On The Fun Half: Stephen Miller lies and lies about illegal votes. Republicans off the record are concerned about Trump being a mentally unwell authoritarian. A tour of the Republican horror show. Sebastian Gorka gets schooled and talks nonsense on PRI's the world. Also Gorka wears a Nazi connected pin. Right Wing Mandela parties at Mar Lago. Can Democrats retake the House? And your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter explains the Trump teams incredibly incompetence. Michael Flynn lied about his talks with Russia. Flynn's incompetence and bizarre ideas. Mike Pence gets drawn into the world of Trump corruption. Keeping pressure on Republicans. Jason Chaffetz confronted by his constituents in Utah. Democratic Congressman pushes for a Russia and Trump inquiry in the House. The disaster of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General and how Tom Price wants to destroy public health.

Film Guy Matthew Weiss reviews Jimmy Reefercake's latest song. Explains the latest in cannabis technology. What's the value of escapism. Why everyone needs to get political now. Sam filmmaking memories. Matthew tells us to watch Paul Schrader's Taxi Driver and breaks down the Travis Bickle era.

On the Fun Half: Neil Gorsuch, walks back his comments about Trump demoralizing the Court. Trump, gives the Japanese Prime Minister a weird handshake. Trump does not know what the START Treaty is but he does not like it. Republicans continue to face pressure for wanting to strip away peoples health insurance.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:27pm EST

Journalist and assistant professor of political science at Brown University, Alex Gourevitch, explains the reasoning by the calls for general strikes against the Trump Administration. The last general strike in America. America's violent labor history. The Ludlow Massacre. America's reactionary hostility to labor movements. The war on workers rights and lose of striking rights. Is not the wrong time to call a general strike? What is the class basis for progressive politics? Who is worse Trump or Pence? Why the call for the general strike ignores class issues. The harder work of organizing along class lines. Why it can't all just be about Trump and finding the right political synthesis.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump attacks Richard Blumenthal for lying about his Vietnam service. Neil Gorsuch, almost certainly lied about his resume. Sean Spicer says Coretta Scott King would back Sessions if she was alive. KellyAnne Conway promotes Ivanka's products from the White House. Joe Scarborough is getting worried. Sebastian Gorka, a Trump advisor will continue calling news "fake" as long as it criticizes Trump and your calls and IMs.

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Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, explains what is radicalism. Why radicalism is different from liberalism and incrementalism. Has America always had radicals. The 1990s and the "end of history". Tom Paine, America's original radical. Radicalism in times of crisis. The opportunities the Left has today. Why are people marching against Trump? How radicalism moves from saying no to articulating what it wants. The old order is dying, what about the next one? Organic movements and the importance of Black Lives Matter. Why we are behind the curve on inequality and basic social benefits. Long term strategy for radical change. Where Europe is further ahead and further behind and what we need to learn from reconstruction.

On The Fun Half Elizabeth Warren silenced after reading Coretta Scott King letter on Jeff Sessions hostility to voting rights. The Republicans whine about attacks on Sessions. Orrin Hatch worries about Jeff Sessions about wife. Bernie Sanders debates Ted Cruz. Anthony Weiner, healthcare and how he ruined the world. Jake Tapper and KellyAnne Conway get awkward. Donald Trump says his Muslim ban is "written beautifully". Right Wing Mandela breaks it down. Creepy Trump advisor promises to keep targeting the media and your calls and IMs.

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Did Neil Gorsuch lie about pro bono legal work?

Ian Millhiser, explains the nature of the Neil Gorsuch pick for the Supreme Court. The Mitch McConnell rule and why the Democrats should follow it. Filibustering Gorsuch and when the Republicans nuke the filibuster. The Chevron doctrine. Gorsuch's devious radicalism and why Gorsuch will occupy a stolen seat.

Betsy DeVos becomes Secretary of Education and Al Franken asks if Republicans would ever vote against other nominees.

On The Fun Half: Is Alex Jones is a sellout according to a former Infowars editor. Alex Jones says he would die for Trump. A disturbing Chatham House poll. Sean Duffy is incredibly stupid. Donald Trump, lies. Trump, thinks Obama likes him. Trump will not be invited to address the UK Parliament and your calls and IMs.

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Michael Kinnucan (@MichaelKinnucan) joins us to discuss his new article Why Republicans Are Impressive.

How the GOP war on medicaid illuminates how they go about achieving their agenda as opposed to democrats. How plutocrat money floats a cohort of insane republican lawmakers. How Democrats lost their way after the GOP majorities of the 80s and turned into a moderate corporate party of the status quo.

On the fun half - Trump responds to a Morning Joe segment on Twitter again, SNL goes in hard on Bannon, Spicer, and Trump, Trump says the US isn't as innocent as Putin, GOP slows its role on Obamacare, Tom McClintock gets chased out of a town hall, and Bernie calls Trump a fraud.

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Why did Trump warn Israel on settlements? Nikki Haley condemns Russia at the UN and we breakdown why.

Cliff Schecter, explains why things could be even worse with Trump supporters. Trump's disaster in Yemen. Where do you start with Trump and his endless crimes and violations. The leaks coming out of the Trump Administration. Are people in the intelligence services concerned about the danger that Trump poses? Trump's disastrous phone calls with foreign leaders. Republicans stole a Court seat and now we need to force them to get rid of the filibuster and the next nightmare that the Republican Congress is about to unleash.

Andy Kindler, tears into Sam Harris. Why Dave Rubin is incredibly stupid. Dennis Miller remains pains unfunny and Kindler and Sam and Michael mock him relentlessly and we mock Bill Maher.

On The Fun Half: Kellyanne Conway makes up a terrorist attack? Donald Trump is going to gut protections for consumers. Joaquin Castro starts talking impeachment. Trump and a coup. The #Bodegastrike takes Brooklyn. Crazy person Larry Klayman, sues President Obama.

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Sam debunks bullshit.

Foreign policy analyst Heather Hurlburt, explains what's constitutes foreign policy. Why the media focuses far to much on the military dimension of foreign policy. What is America's interest? How the Obama Administration ignored the environment and labor on trade. The radical breaks in foreign policy from the Trump Administration. How the Obama Administration believed to much in Obama's unique ability. What was Obama's foreign policy vision?. Syria and understanding a crisis before it happens and what are the first order fears of foreign policy experts.

On The Fun Half: The unfolding Trump disaster. Stupid attacks on Bernie Sanders. NPR's Steve Bannon coverage fail. Trump Administration ushers in Right Wing terrorism and targets Islam. Donald Trump rips Arnold Schwarzenegger and Arnold has the perfect response. Neil Gorsuch, founded a "Fascism Forever" club in High School. Mike Flynn threatens Iran. Trump's first Yemeni raid kills civilians including a an 8 year old American girl and your calls and IMs.

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Laurence Tribe a Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School explains the reasons for the foreign emoluments clause. The lawsuit against the Trump Administration focusing on the emoluments clause. The favors Trump receives from abroad and why that is an ongoing constitutional violation. What happens when the President does not follow the law? Why discriminating on the basis of religion is unconstitutional. The many ways the Muslim ban is unconstitutional. At what point are we in a constitutional crisis? Is impeachment the only answer. The Neil Grouch nomination and what Republicans have done to the Court and was Bush v Gore the original sin?

On The Fun Half: Wajahat Ali calls Steve Bannon President Bannon three times on CNN. More than half of Americans have no problem with the Muslim ban. The Muslim ban has already cost a life. Nancy Pelosi has a major fail in answering a question about Capitalism. Republicans running scared on Obamacare. Donald Trump probably know who Frederick Douglass is. Susan Collins votes against Betsy DeVos. Canadian progressive leader condemns Trump's Muslim ban and calls it fascist. How Senate Democrats need to grill Neil Grouch and your call and IMs.

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No President Obama did not set the stage for the Muslim Ban and we debunk nonsense spin and lies. Sean Spicer says we aren't doing anything "Extreme", we remember when Trump called his policy "extreme" twice. Sally Yates gets fired for not defending the ban as acting Attorney General. The unique danger of Jeff Sessions. Sam Harris won't take any responsibility for his support of horrific policies. Jeffrey Lord spins for the Muslim ban. Democrats start to finally play some hardball and Tom Price might be sinked at health.

On The Fun Half: How to resist. Paul Ryan complains about defending the Muslim Ban on a hot mic. Sean Spicer argues that a terrorist attack on a Mosque in Canada should mean supporting the Muslim Ban. Republican Congressman David Brat is amused that women know what the CBO is. Bernie Sanders condemns the Muslim Ban and your calls and IMs.

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On today’s show anthropologist Scott Atran joins us to discuss his work on extremism and what can be done to restore open values. How Atran got his start in anthropology thanks to Margaret Mead. Engaging with power and the critique of power. The social networks of ideological fundamentalist groups like terrorists and Republicans. How "root cause" interpretations became popular for describing extremism. How "devoted actors" behave differently than "rational actors." Scott's reaction to UBI talk at Davos.

 

On the Fun Half: Trump says disastrous Muslim travel ban "working out nicely," ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero begs to differ. Protests take shape throughout the country on the second consecutive week of Trump's presidency. Steve Bannon thinks too many CEOs in Silicon Valley are not white. John McCain concerned Bannon is taking over NSC.

 

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Cliff joins us to look back on the 1st week of Trump. Can Trump handle the pressure? The DNC is falling behind it's base in mobilizing against Trump. How to judge the Democrats weak actions in voting for people like Ben Carson.

Isabel Gillies wants to know why people around Trump aren't resigning. Talking to your family about disaster contingencies.  Isabel recommends "All the Light We Cannot See," by Anthony Doerr, TV Shows The Crown and Victoria, and the film "Lion."

On the Fun Half - Trump's latest Vote Fraud source gets torn apart by Chris Cuomo, More from Trump's insane ABC interview, Trump shows off new decor around the oval office, a Trump fundraiser in Texas doesn't think the wall is a good idea after all.

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Donald Trump is clearly mentally ill.

David Dayen explains Donald Trump's first big broken promise (hint it's the one good thing he promised to do). Why Trump's are all over the Trump transition. Why the TPP was already dead. Why Trump is only interested in bilateral trade agreements. Why Trump's trade agreements could be even worse for workers and the environment and why would any Democrats vote to confirm any Trump nominees?

Boston's Mayor Marty Walsh vows to protect immigrants.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump is seriously mentally ill and a new ABC interview proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt. Carl Bernstein on CNN talks about rumors swirling around Trump's mental health. Minnesota Republicans push a massive protest suppression bill and your calls and IMs.

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Republicans wanted a leader like Donald Trump who would sign anything and take the attention. Trump's gag order across government agencies. Why the freeze on public information will cost jobs and threaten public health. Sean Spicer explains Trump's insanity. Donald Trump wants an investigation into voter fraud. Sean Spicer is accidentally racist in response to a question about the Trump teams racism. How Republicans are going to gut healthcare.

On The Fun Half: Trump White House has no White House comment line so people are calling his hotels. Greenpeace unveil a resist banner above the White House. How to influence large scale revolutionary change. The Red States need help. Melanie Trump does not deserve our sympathy. Trump says he is gonna send federal forces into Chicago. Jerry Brown fights back against Trump. The Trump budget cuts and your calls and IMs.

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The Roosevelt Institute's Mike Konczal, explains why austerity defined the Obama age. The foreclosure crisis and the Trump vote. The culture of limitation. Smart phones and the culture of ruthless efficiency. Lifestyle minimalism. Why the Obama Administration failed on foreclosure. why we didn't get the recovery we deserve. Obama's 2010 austerity pivot and why Republican extremism saved us from worse. Why Democrats create class tension by not creating universal programs. When markets don't work. Why success in the modern economy is not about individual efforts. Will Trumpism work? Why Trump won't actually do populism and fascism and Republican class warfare.

On The Fun Half: talking to rural America. The biggest problem with the Democratic Party. Melanie Trump's silent cry for help. James Comey stays on at FBI. Frank Luntz gets called a fascist and whines about it on Fox News. Glenn Beck back to his old ways. Bernie speaks out against the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as head of the CIA. Trump's real reason for visiting the CIA. Will Trump want to hear any critical intelligence on Russia. Michael Flynn still under investigation? Trump pulls out of TPP but never promised higher standards in trade and Trump attacks women globally and your calls and IMs.

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First with Murtaza Hussain (@MazMHussain).Trump as the final nail in the post-WWII / Cold War worldview. Critiquing Russia's and America's imperial power from the left, and how to regard institutions like NATO and the EU that are problematic but also under existential threat. Leftist internationalism in an age of anti-intervention.

Then, Bernie alum Melissa Byrne (@MCByrne)on the current necessity of the Democratic party infrastructure. Healing the schisms in the democratic party. Playing offense vs. playing defense. Support Melissa at melissafordnc.com

And on the fun half: Sean Spicer starts his time as Press Sec with a barrage of obvious lies, more on punching nazis, KellyAnne spouts "alternative facts."

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Live coverage of the inauguration of President Electoral Mr. Trump.

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Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi, author of Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus, explains why Trump is like Nixon because he represents so much of what is horrible about our society. Why Trump has no layers. When Trump gets it right. Will Trump supporters ever realize that he is scamming them? Rick Perry has no idea what being Secretary of Energy means. How did Trump pick his cabinet? Who is actually going to govern. What was Russia role in the election? The intelligence community and the Presidential election. Russia's connections to Trump. Is the FBI still eyeing Trump? And how is Matt going to focus on Trump?

On The Fun Half: Rick Perry no longer wants to get rid of the Department of Energy. Scott Pruitt, Trump's nominee for EPA says his personal belief on the science of global warming does not matter. Pruitt's relentless promotion of fracking. Elizabeth Warren exposes Tom Price's corruption. Elizabeth Warren exposes Tom Price's corruption. Bill O'Reilly and Dennis Miller are both relentlessly unfunny. Tom Barrack the Chairman of Trump's Inauguration wants a more "traditional" performer than Kanye  and your calls and IMs.

 

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Betsy DeVos is asked by Bernie Sanders if she would be nominated without campaign contributions and Al Franken demonstrates that she has almost no idea what she is talking about.

Tashaune Harden is a science teacher at Detroit’s César Chávez Academy and a vice president of the Michigan Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff explains how Betsy DeVos has created instability for students and teachers in the State Michigan. The difference between for profit and non profit charter schools. How Betsy DeVos has undermined accountability. What's the distinction between proficiency and growth? How for profit charter school exploit teachers and state budgets and what is "count day".

Elizabeth Warren grills DeVos on why she won't do anything to protect students from fraud. Senator Maggie Hassan demonstrates that Betsy DeVos won't protect kids with disabilities. Al Franken exposes DeVos's support for "conversation therapy". Tim Kaine grills DeVos on accountability standards and DeVos's interesting reasoning behind having guns in public school.

On The Fun Half: Judith Miller who laundered false intelligence on Iraq in the New York Times wants to know how many lives Chelsea Manning cost? Obama releases Oscar Lopez Rivera from prison. Chile and Betsy DeVos. Al Franken kills it on risk pools and your calls and IMs.

 

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Senate Intelligence Committee reverses itself on investigating the Trump and Russia connection. The FBI and Trump's connections to Russian banks. Why did James Comey interfere in the election? Did Trump box Republicans in on healthcare? Congressman Mike Coffman flees protestors who will lose their insurance if the Congress repeals Obamacare. Obamacare reaches it's highest level of popularity. Tom Price does want to "flaunt" his healthcare plan. Did Price engage in insider trading? More on the Republican high risk pool scam.

On the Fun Half: People terrified of losing their health insurance. Trump goes into with low approval ratings and almost certainly violating the Constitution. John Lewis will not go to Trump's inauguration and Trump throws a tantrum. Governor Paul LePage says John Lewis should be thanking Republicans and your calls and IMs.

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Dr. King’s first tv “interview” from the show "The Open Mind – The New Negro" in 1957, hosted by Professor Richard D. Hefner.

Beyond Vietnam, delivered on April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City.

MLK’s last speech “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution“ delivered at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., on 31 March 1968.

Walter Cronkite reports King's assassination.

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Did American intelligence officials warn Israeli intelligence not to share information with the Trump Administration?

Cliff Schecter is launching a new Podcast! An Unpresidented Podcast, Bigly. The intelligence community fallout with the incoming Trump Administration deepens. James Comey under investigation.  The FBI investigating the Trump campaign. Unending evidence of Russian connection with the Trump campaign. Why health savings accounts are a stupid answer to the health coverage crisis. A cancer survivor tells Paul Ryan that he is only alive because of the ACA. Why can't Republicans be honest that they don't want everyone to have health insurance and Paul Ryan lies about high risk pools.

Andy Kindler was way ahead of the curve on hating Donald Trump. Could Andy ever not be Jewish? Are comedians not joking about Trump because it's just not funny? Why Sam likes to hurt his career and Andy members the origins of Obamabot.

Rudy Giuliani is Trump's cyber security czar. Giuliani's own website is not secure at all. Trump's insane ethics conflicts. Is Russia hacking our TV Networks? Was Chris Matthews compromised?

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:26pm EST

Donald Trump ignores a question from CNN and calls the reporter "fake news". Will the media defend itself against Trump.

Analyst, Dan Dicker explains why Rex Tillerson simply means an oil and gas based foreign policy. Exxon's investments in Russia. How Exxon will win in the new foreign policy. Rex Tillerson's foreign policy and the hunt for oil. Trump and Tillerson will be even more oil driven than Bush? Russia and the United States boxing in China? The Climate Crisis and the Trump earth destruction cabinet. The coming resource conflicts of the new century. What Iran sees coming. The coming energy price increase and are we headed to a human rights free foreign policy.

Rex Tillerson won't answer a direct from Tim Kaine on Exxon and climate change and Tillerson won't answer Rubio's questions on Putin ordering the killings of journalists and activists. Donald Trump has no idea what he's talking about Obamacare. Ben Carson heads to HUD. Elizabeth Warren wants to know if Trump will profit off of HUD. Is there more than one source and tape for the Trump allegations? Carl Bernstein calls K

On The Fun Half: Republicans move towards getting rid of Obamacare. Joe Lieberman still the worst after all these years. KellyAnne Conway a "Propaganda Minister". Congressman Mo Brooks talks about the "war on whites" and your calls and IMs.

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Donald Trump denies the new report on his activities with in and with Russia. Trump, rambles about hacking. Where did the Trump Russia report come from. Is there a video of Trump getting peed on? James Comey lies to Congress. Senator Ron Wyden’s savvy questioning. Al Franken pulls apart Jeff Sessions for lying about his record. Sheldon Whitehouse exposes Sessions for his religious extremism and Coretta Scott King’s damning letter about Jess Sessions.

On The Fun Half: Trump denies getting peed on in Russia. Is Trump’s Obama obsession even worse than we thought. Right Wing Mandela talks #Watergate. John Lewis movingly calls out the moral obscenity of the Sessions nomination. Should Al Franken run for President? How can the Press deal with a Administration that always lies? Trump foreign policy advisor says to ignore his tweets. KellyAnne Conway gets called out by Seth Myers. Should Democrats play more dirty?

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Today on the Wosny Lambre (@BigWos) joins us in studio to talk about the spectacle of Trump and the GOP's smash-and-grab assault on our democracy. Guys in KKK costumes crash Jeff Sessions' Attorney General hearings, and Susan Collins gives him credit for not letting murderous Klansmen walk free. Bernie lights up a CNN Town Hall with Chris Cuomo. Greg Popovich, Lebron James, and sports figures getting political.

On the fun half: more from Bernie's town hall, including a back and forth with a Trump-supporting small business owners. Bernie talks to a "moderate democrat" from discouraged about him "demonizing" top earners.

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Jeff Sessions was to racist for Reagan's America.

The Nation's Ari Berman explains why Jeff Sessions is a distinct and ruthless opponent of voting rights. Sessions racist and dangerous record. Why Sessions has never changed his opinions on opposing civil rights and voting rights. Does Sessions regret his anti civil rights record? Sessions and his horrific record on criminal justice. Why Sessions will be confirmed inspire of his dangerous record and why Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State is a big problem.

Reince Priebus says the Trump team does not really have time for ethics.

On The Fun Half: Meryl Streep calls out Trump. Right Wing Mandela calls out Streep. KellyAnne Conway whines on Fox News. Is the Green Party a fraud? UK Prime Minister needs to talk about Donald Trump's grabbing comments. Glenn Beck back to being a terrible person. What's really happening in Syria and your calls and IMs.

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Chris Cuomo and Kellyanne Conway battle on CNN and we hope they are both wrong.

Cliff Schecter on why the Democrats should try to make Trump pay for the wall. Tom Cotton, says Republicans need a replacement for Obamacare before it is repealed. The Obama Administration's failure to brand Obamacare. Why poor and conservative states rely on Obamacare. Approval of Obamacare depends on what you call it. How many Republicans need to be picked off in the Senate. The media's failures. North Carolina's smart new Democratic Governor. A Trump supporter who needs Obamacare explains why he voted for Trump and the hearings for Trump's crazy cabinet.

Judy Gold talks about Trump's twitter tirade about Arnold Schwarzenegger's low apprentice ratings. Why Judy hates Kellyanne Conway. Arnold wants Trump to learn from Lincoln. Why no major entertainers will perform for Trump. Are people getting more political? Why Mike Pence is the worst. More KellyAnne Conway and Sean Hannity owns Joe Scarborough.

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Political theorist and author Michael Walzer, explains the historical context of our present crisis. What the Left needs to do now. Why the Left is in crisis globally. The importance of defending social democracy. The three things the Left needs to do. Why we need to see the rise of the Right globally. The practical politics of the moment. Why the Left needs to articulate an aggressive Left message and build alliances to defend Constitutional Liberty. The difficult balancing act of today's politics. What cities need to do and the Left and Democrats.

On The Fun Half: Tucker Carlson gets destroyed by a writer from Teen Vogue. Mentally disabled white man beaten and tortured. Alex Jones goes to war against Glenn Beck. Republican contradictions over repealing the ACA heighten. Marsha Blackburn's Obamacare driven social media fail. Bernie Sanders knows how to fight Trump and your calls and IMs.

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President Obama tells Democrats not to rescue Republicans on healthcare.

Brooklyn College Professor and author Corey Robin explains the problem with the politics of fear and why the Left needs not to engage in fear based politics. The right position to fight Trump from. The Democrats confused response to Trump. How Trump and the Republicans are vulnerable. Why Hillary Clinton going to Trump's inauguration is a failure of leadership and strategy. Is Trump more dangerous than mainstream Republicans. Is splitting Trump from Republicans dangerous? Is trade policy an opportunity for the Left under Trump? Is Donald Trump like Jimmy Carter? Trump's conflict with the security establishment and Trump's political vulnerabilities.

On The Fun Half: Megan Kelly's parting shot at Fox News. Remembering the great Bob Beckel. Bill O'Reilly calls out something called "reverse McCarthyism". Trump's mob connected buddy Joey no socks Cinque and Jeffrey Lord has a great defense of Trump. Bernie Sanders celebrates Andrew Cuomo's new proposal to provide free college education in New York State and Cuomo is still a snake. What kind of Minority Leader will Chuck Schumer be? The Trump team is getting worried about getting rid of Obamacare. KellyAnne Conway sends mixed messages on healthcare on Morning Joe and your calls and IMs.

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Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline hit the NFL at a Bears vs Vikings game. Republicans move to gut House Ethics. How the independent ethics panel worked. Trump pretends to oppose undermining ethics. Paul Ryan and the Republicans plan for unified Government. The strategy for fighting Trump and the Republicans. All the ways Republicans plan to destroy America and give money to rich people.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump promises to get rid of Obamacare to a room full of disgusting people on New Years eve. How to get involved with local politics. Ronald Raygun calls in. The Editor of the Wall Street Journal will basically not call out Trump's lies. Trump and Ford lying about job creation. John Kerry says Israel must choose between land and democracy. Israeli elites and Palestine and your calls and IMs.

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2/8 Ronnie Kasrils: London Recruits: The Secret War Against Apartheid

On today’s show the South African freedom fighter and former Minister of Intelligence Ronnie Kasrils joins us to talk about the new film project London Recruits and the current state of South Africa.

-Using activism to break the silence of the police state. How the activists were able to maintain their cover as tourists. Denny Schecter’s expression of humanity by helping black cleaners mop up.

-Smuggling pamphlets and leaflets into South Africa and using stunts to get people’s attention with messages of liberation. “London Recruits,” as a project of internationalism and the importance of the film.

-Kasrils’ critique of the ANC. The achievement of toppling Apartheid. Kasrils’ belief they could have asked for more concessions especially on the economic front. The need for to challenge the current ANC from the left. Kasrils’ perspective on the Israel-Palestine conflict as reminiscent of apartheid.

Palin's 'Right-Wingin', Bitter Clingin'' Support for Trump

Published on Jan 20, 2016

Ted Cruz goes toe-to-toe with a Trump supporter, and loses

Published on May 3, 2016
 

LEAKED TAPE: Trump's TREMENDOUS Spokesman, Mr. John Miller

Published on May 13, 2016
 
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10/11 Cathy O’Neil: Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

Cathy O’Neil, author of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, explains how data can be bias. Who Defines success and algorithms. Big data hype and being “beyond morals”. Data and the war on teachers. Targeting teachers through data. Data-driven models to predictive policing and sentencing. The myth that numbers don’t mislead and algorithms and job discrimination.

Full Libertarian Debate: Sam Seder & Former Libertarian Presidential Candidate

 
Published on Jun 26, 2016

In this Majority Report clip, former Libertarian Party presidential hopeful Darryl Perry joins the show to debate Sam Seder. It doesn't exactly go all that well, and it definitely ends badly.

And for members, from the archive: Jeanine talks with the late Howard Zinn on Iraq and American's trust of government.

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8/26 David Daley: Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy

David Daley on his new book "Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy." “Operation Redmap,” and the GOP’s post-2008 strategy, largely successful, in strategically redistricting and gerrymandering as a way to make it easier for Republicans to win. What Dave learned actually walking the districts. The sophistication of gerrymandering in an age of big data. The upcoming referendums to lead to independent redisticting, and the court’s conception of the “efficiency gap.”

SHAMED: Fl. Gov. Rick Scott Flees Starbucks
Published on Apr 6, 2016
In this Majority Report clip, not only does someone recognize an elected state official and know his name, she scream-shames him right on out of her Starbucks of choice! Hero American Cara Jennings is one of the few proud citizens to pay enough attention to what a huge, corrupt asshole one of her state governors is and she screams at him on sight. It is a wonder to behold, this act of freedom and liberty, and Gov. Scott also does not even get his coffee.

For members, from the archive: Sam and Jeanine talk with the late Helen Thomas, famed White House correspondent, on how terrible George W Bush is.

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2/3 Jane Mayer: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer author of Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, explains and the new role of oligarchs in American politics.

-The difference between now and the robber baron era. More people work for the Koch Brothers than the Republican National Committee. The Koch’s cultural project. The Powell Memo and the deep history of the American Right.

-How the actual “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” works. The war on academics and objective science. How we subsidize the Kochs and their toxic industries. Why the Kochs backed the bank bailouts.

-The influence of this money in the 2016 election season on the GOP side. How Donald Trump is the only Republican who they can’t control.

-Koch money and global warming denial and when the Kochs targeted Jane Mayer for a smear job.

"Kasich Thinks He Schools Jewish Scholars on Bible Basics"

Published on Apr 14, 2016
John Kasich manages to have literally no self-awareness whatsoever as he sets a new bar for arrogance whilst explaining Bible stories to Talmudic scholars—in this case, ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jews in Borough Park, Brooklyn. Talmudic scholars devote their lives to studying scripture. John Kasich seems to have a cursory knowledge of a children's Bible, or something along those lines. It would be embarrassing to watch if he wasn't such a terrible person.

And for members, from the archives: Sam spoke with Lewis Lapham on the characteristics of fascism.

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6/28 Mark Blyth: Brexit & the Global Failure of the Elite

Mark Blyth of the Watson Institute at Brown University explains why the Brexit is the chickens coming home to roost on austerity and inequality. How Brexit and Donald Trump show the failure of austerity, Right Wing politics and Neoliberalism. Why the public does not and should not distrust the elite. Why the Euro is awful and the EU is good and why the UK had the best of both worlds. What happened to the Greek economy and the stupidity of Eurozone economics. The failure of UK’s political class. Is the UK doomed? The politics of Europe. Where is the positive agenda. What’s disturbing about the Hillary Clinton candidacy and is there a positive agenda for the future?

Fox 'Meets the Trumps': The ULTRA-LUXURIOUS D.C. Hotel Tour

Published on May 27, 2016
In this Majority Report clip, Andy Kindler joins us as Greta Van Susteren "interviews" Donald and Melania Trump, for a segment that causes Upworthy's Parker Molloy to wonder, "Is [Van Susteren] being paid by the number of times she can say 'Trump?'" Indeed, Miss Molloy! Please do join us, there are three of these wonderfully illuminating clips.

3/15 Amanda Taub: Donald Trump & the Rise of American Authoritarianism

How do you measure authoritarian attitudes? The four parenting questions that reveal the authoritarian mindset. The Republican Party’s anxiety about social change and what voters that appeals to. How crisis can activate the authoritarian value society. Vox’s polling and fear of threats from foreign sources. Race and measuring response to authority. How many Democrats are authoritarian and what do we do about authoritarian politics?

And for Members: Sam talks with Thomas Frank (who joined us in 2016 to talk about his book "Listen, Liberal") to talk about his book "What's the Matter with Kansas?"

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8/16 Carol Anderson: White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

Carol Anderson a Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide,explains the roots of the racial crisis in Milwaukee. The history of progress and blowback against African American human rights. The “Black Codes” the laws against the Great Migration. Racism South and North. How White Rage works. How states responded to Brown v Board of Education. Public school funding and property taxes and what that tells us about race. The legal structure of second class citizenship for African Americans. Why class and race are connected but not the same issue and why the Right wants America to look like Apartheid South Africa.

Then, Jeb's son George, the current Texas land commissioner, endorses Donald Trump at an event. Published on Aug 9, 2016

And from the archives for members only, Sam and Jeanine talk to Jared Diamond on his book, "Collapse."

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Political strategist Cliff Schecter talks about Michael Flynn'e meeting with Austria's Neo Nazi Party. The Russia connection and Donald Trump. Where is Hillary Clinton? President Obama's failing leadership. The Dangers of Trump and the disaster Cabinet. Chuck Schumer's flawed approach. The Republicans war against democracy. Why Democrats have no strategy. The value of the fight and what Democrats need to do.

Isabel Gillies and Film Guy Matthew Weiss present their thoughts on the year. Worries about the dangers of the Trump era and are we losing our world? Will the Trump Presidency change culture. Why Matthew and Isabel are both gloomy. And fear makes you more ruthless and Isabel said we should watch Planet Earth and Matthew suggests we watch  L'Argent.

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The ethics free Trump transition. Corey Lewandowski says "drain the swamp" is chronologically low on the Trump priority. Donald Trump reverses himself on rigging the system and draining the system. President Obama takes steps to block Trump from creating a Muslim registry program. North Carolina Republican power grab and transgender discrimination. Can Trump's private security be reign in? Republicans will roll over for Trump. Maine Governor Paul Lepage works to undermine the will of the people for a minimum wage increase. Will Obamacare be saved? Random Rush. Newt Gingrich backs down and your calls and IMs.

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Hopefully Michigan's Governor is on the verge of getting indicted for his role in the Flint water crisis?

Digby explains, explains the FBI's reckless role in the 2016 election and why it's so dangerous. The absurd pick of James Comey as FBI Director by Barack Obama. Why there are no excuses for Comey's conduct during the election. The FBI and the far right infrastructure. Trump's private security force and the danger to democracy. The biggest dangers of the Trump Presidency. The terrifying Richard Branson interview about Trump's pathology. Democrats delusions about Republicans ruthlessness. Why the Press folds for authority and why are we still ignoring issues and focusing on Trump the person.

On The Fun Half: Newt Gingrich is tired of the "drain the swamp"phrase. Bill O'Reilly has a new theory about race. Why conservatives don't care about conservative principles and your calls and IMs.

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On today's show Samuel R. Bagenstos (@sbagen) talks about his new article, "Civil Rights Déjà Vu, Only Worse." The playbook Trump's admin will use to attack government agencies once they're in charge. The perspective from career civil servants. How presidencies outlast their time in office through the bureaucracy, and how long it takes to deprogram damage by previous administrations, like George W Bush's. The GOP's pathological and insidious obsession with non-existent voter fraud.

On the fun half - Rep. Bill Huizenga unwittingly demonstrates why GOP health insurance plans are nonsense. Alex Jones tries to keep his audiences eye on the ball with regard to Obama's birth certificate. Scott Brown's daughter on CNN for some reason, on how she was able to look beyond Trump's racism. Trump concerned about Russian hacking... in 2014.

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Today: Ben Mankiewicz (@BenMank77) on Jerry Brown and the "fighting spirit" liberal democrats need.  How we'll never know how Hillary would've governed.The decline of the political class. What makes democratic leaders? The insidious effect television has had on our politics. Hunter S Thompson's lessons from the Hell's Angels and Trump's America. Making an aggressive case for progress.

On the fun half - Ed Miliband continues his career in stock photography, a reformed libertarian calls in, Ted Koppel takes on Alex Jones, a Russian ambassador is killed in Turkey, John McCain goes soft on Trump, and your calls and IMs.

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Journalist Guy Lawson explains why we are moving into another level of post-truth politics. How to think about the Donald Trump disaster. Why the Trump's conflicts of interest are a distraction from the decline of American Empire. The anger of Trump supporters. How can journalists cover Trump? When I dictator says something believe them. George W Bush and taking fundamentalism seriously. Making Trump own his many, many failures. Why Americans are not removed from geo-politics and history. Jared Kushner is dangerous. Taking Trump's language seriously.  Why didn't the Clinton campaign want to talk politics? The failure of the Democratic Party and why the press needs to step up.

On The Fun Half: The many, many reasons why Hillary Clinton lost. Protests meet the North Carolina Republican coup. Pat Robertson disses Sarah Palin. How to protest a racist. Trump thanks African Americans for not voting and our new Trump policy. Lindsey Graham says we need to do something about Russia hacks and your calls and IMs.

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Attorney and writer, Thomas Geoghegan, explains why the election was rigged for Trump and why the Constitution itself is rigged. Why the Presidency, Senate, House and Supreme Court are rigged. How the system is designed to benefit the rich and powerful. The Electoral College and undermining Trump. Why we need to get rid of the Electoral College. Moral authority and protest. Why Congress should object to counting votes from each state where the vote was suppressed. Why Democrats need to widen the divide. Why California and New York need to make voting mandatory and the only way to save the Democratic Party and the Country?

On the Fun Half: Keith Ellison makes the case to lead the DNC. The Republican coup in North Carolina. Rev. William Barber, breaks down what is happening in North Carolina. Tech titans bow down to Trump and Twitter is excluded. Journalist loses the job over and your calls and IMs.

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Journalist David Dayen, explains the history of the Exxon climate crisis coverup. The Exxon knew campaign. Trump's Oil and Gas Cabinet. The gutted FCC. Will Democrats raise the climate crisis during Tillerson's hearings? Wells Fargo stunning scams. Wells Fargo's cheap life insurance game and what Ta Nehisi Coates misses about Obama's legacy.

On The Fun Half: The COO of Energy Transfer Partners, says in a secret recording that Trump "gets it". Trump's earth destroying Administration. A Trump spokesperson says that finding out all members of the Energy Department who went to UN climate meetings is all about "intellectual" curiosity. Why did Trump voters on Obamacare vote for Trump?

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Mara Einstein, author of Black Ops Advertising: Native Ads, Content Marketing and the Covert World of the Digital Sell, explains why Native Advertising corrupts journalism. How to tell the distinction between "branded content" and journalism and how to guard open information.

Corporations paying people to become "trust agents" on social media. How new is native advertising? How the press has devalued its credibility by lending it to advertisers, such as the infamous scientology ad in The Atlantic. Why the onus can't just be on individuals as consumers. The daunting challenge of regaining press credibility.

On the fun half - Reince defends the "chemistry" of installing Exxon at the State Department. Kanye visits Trump Tower. What flavors of Trump scams will we we get. Bernie combats right-wing folktales on MSNBC. Carly Fiorina, possible DNI, impressed by Trump's sports paraphernalia. And your calls and IMs. (43:45)

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The politics behind Trump's phone call to Taiwan. What is a logical defense of speaking with Taiwan like this, Trump's lack of conduct notwithstanding. Background in US/Taiwan relations, back to the Chinese civil war between the communists and Republic of China. The narrative surrounding Trump's lack of preparedness. Taiwan's merits as a democracy with progressive leanings. The US's unfortunate history of using Taiwan to provoke China.

On the fun half - Trump doth protest claims Russia intended to help him. John Bolton thinks it was an Obama false flag. Bernie is good at media, uses Russia question to challenge Trump on medicare and social security. Tony Blair reheats centrism.

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