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Journalist David Dayen (@ddayen) joins us in studio.

On today's show: Rex Tillerson uses rare public appearance to say Trump doesn't read.

David Dayen (@ddayen) joins us to discuss the latest news from Washington, including: How the Trump White House is working to dismantle the CFPB, most recently via the appointment of Kathy Kraninger. How the White House's postal report gestures toward privatization. Postal banking: what is it? Shake up in the House: AOC and Barbara Lee could gain influential committee appointments; these battles as proxy for larger fights within the party. Is David part of the cabal trying to torpedo Beto 2020? Chris Matthews panel explains why progressive left needs to get in line behind Beto. Chris Hayes asks NC Republican Party executive director why GOP did not recognize rampant fraud.

On the fun half: What purpose does social conservatism serve for the right and are socially progressive movements always going to undermine capitalism? American ambassador to Canada believes "both sides" on climate change. Medhi Hassan says it's weird how US press treats its elected officials. Trump on White House lawn announces plans to appoint Heather Nauert & Bill Bar. Plus, your phone calls!

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Daniel Bessner, professor at Washington University's Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and author of Democracy in Exile, joins Michael Brooks to explains his vision of an authentically left-progressive foreign policy. Bessner and Brooks begin by explaining what happened at senator Bernie Sanders' Sanders Institute’s inaugural conference, where thought leaders like Fernando Haddad, Yanis Varofakis and Sanders laid out plans for an international coalition as a counterbalance to our highly nationalistic political moment. A big concern for Brooks is the axis of far-right governments taking power in the Caribbean and South America and their cozy relationship with our current leaders, specifically John Bolton. How would a left foreign policy reorient these relationships that are so grounded in imperialism and resource extraction? Progressive voices in America need to build coalitions and show solidarity with the working-class people and left politicians in countries like Brazil, and use our position in the world to enable it--while still being aware of the nature of an imperialist history.  According to Bessner, investing in alternative energies in America would transform our policy in the Middle East. It would allow America to be less beholden to the Saudi family and allow the US to promote democratic and human rights values in Israel, Palestine, and beyond. An overarching theme Bessner wants progressives to remember is our own moral relativism throughout these foreign policy debates. In any scenario, we must be aware of our values and what we may be imposing on other people. And finally, Bessner and Brooks consider how changing a consumption-first mindset might underpin a robust left foreign policy.

And in the Fun Half: how fascism is American Made, TBT Mark Blyth explains democracy in Brazil under Lula, Louie Gohmert reads lines from the Elders of Zion, Dan Bingo Bongo can't stand a migrant themed [checks notes] nativity scene? Friend of the show Nomiki Konst plays Tucker Carlson's game and wins, Mark Collett--a white nationalist--is a big fan of Tucker Carlson, how Marc Lamont Hill's blacklisting fits in with other black internationalists, autonomy in Asia countries, plus your calls and IMs!

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Juan Cole  (@jricole), Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan and author of Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires, joins us.

On today's show: Trump takes motorcade less than .1 miles from White House to Bush family service.

Juan Cole  (@jricole), Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, joins us to discuss his new book, Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires. In this book, Professor Cole investigates the claim that Islam and its teachings are violent. Through detailed historical research, he tracks the life of the prophet Muhammad and the founding of Islam to show that Islam was very much founded around ideas of peace at an extremely violent time in history. For more of Professor Cole's writing, check out his blog at juancole.com.

On the fun half: A caller claims Beto is better than "liar" AOC. Lindsey Graham says "there's a smoking saw" after meeting with Gina Haspel re: Khashoggi murder. Laura Ingraham compares protesting confederate statues to ISIS tearing down antiquity cities. Tucker Carlson suggests the government wants immigrants to "replace" Americans, sets up immigration and welfare state as mutually exclusive. Giuliani believes someone hacked his Twitter feed. RNC hacked; Trump in July talking about DNC security problems: "an embarrassment." Lawyers discuss next steps in Epstein case after settlement. AOC on climate action and the need for a Green New Deal. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-05-18-Juan_Cole-pub.mp3
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Good morning everyone, on today's show Mother Jones writer Ari Berman (@AriBerman) joins us.

First, Joy Behar and Meghan McCain get into a shouting match after Joy suggest HW Bush was better on the environment than Trump.

Then, Ari Berman outline the desperate measure the GOP is using to hold on to their footholds in the Midwest and the South. How the media is unprepared for the nakedly anti-democratic nature of the GOP. The almost certainly criminal election fraud undertaken by North Carolina republicans, collecting and trashing absentee ballots of black voters. Why Republicans are just getting started in places like Ohio. Are democrats conscious of the severity of the GOP threat to democracy and do they have a plan to combat it?

On the fun half - Is the GOP's anti-democracy agenda to complex for people to follow? Sam Seder assesses his performance in the 2018 election and what it means for him vs. Virgil Texas in 2022. Wisconsin Republicans are anti-democratic criminals. Steve Scalise repeats lie about ten terrorists crossing the border every day. Trudeau calls Trump "Donald." Gorka calls Khashoggi a close friend of Bin Laden. Pamela Anderson has the last word on the Paris Riots. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-04-18-Ari_Berman-pub.mp3
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Independent journalist Marcy Wheeler (@emptywheel) joins us.

On today's show: MBS shakes Putin's hand at G-20 summit while Trump looks on jealously. Trump looks over at Peña Nieto and Trudeau before signing USMCA, says "let's go."

Marcy Wheeler (@emptywheel), of emptywheel.net, joins us to discuss the latest news on the Mueller investigation: The collapse of Paul Manafort's plea deal, Manafort's prison options (if he goes), the role of Michael Cohen, Jerome Corsi's cameo, the Guardian's flawed report on Manafort's link to Julian Assange, and what to look for going forward.

On the fun half: George HW Bush falls over vomiting at meal with Japanese PM Kiichi Miyazawa (RIP). Dan Bongino says most refugees are not asylum seekers, they're economic opportunists. Stuart Varney threatens the America left, says welfare state and dealing w/ climate change will only cause riots. Seth Moulton calls AOC's tweet in defense of Nancy Pelosi "offensive." Fox and Friends have on cop to talk about the dangers of reefer madness. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon, co-founder of The North Star, and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom), join us.

On today's show: Sam sets a right winger straight re: his "suicide may be the only option" comments. Kid Rock says we can disagree and still be cordial but "screw that Joy Behar bitch."

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) joins us to discuss the latest news from Washington. Updates on the Mueller investigation: is Mueller setting a perjury trap for Trump? Joe Crowley undermined Barbara Lee's campaign for House Democratic caucus chair on his way out...sour grapes, much? And Chuck Schumer continues to be hopeless. Check out Ben's new project at https://buildingthenorthstar.com!

Film Guy Matthew (@langdomboom) joins us for some Casual Friday movie talk. The crew discusses Matt's master list of film picks, which can be found here. Can the crew still watch Woody Allen movies without feeling grossed out? Matt's pick for today: "Manlife," a documentary about a quasi-socialist movement that began in the Great Depression and eventually turned into a creepy religious cult. Take note, DSA.

On the fun half: Trump on Cohen's "Moscow Project" plea: "I was allowed to do whatever I wanted." Laura Loomer wears a Star of David, handcuffs herself to the NY Twitter office because she's being persecuted...for her racist tweets. Dave Rubin and Tucker Carlson say it's wrong for the left to claim Rudolph is about bigotry. Sam kicks off this year's War on Christmas with a clip from an old CNN appearance. Obama now wants credit for boom in US oil production: "That was me, people." Paul Ryan whines about "ballot harvesting" in midterms.

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Journalist Mike Mariani (@MikesMariani) joins us to discuss his latest piece in GQ, "The Would-Be Terrorist vs. the FBI."

On today's show: Trump says Michael Cohen is "a weak person" for taking another plea deal. Back in October: Eric Trump says Trump, Inc. had no business in Russia and KSA.

Journalist Mike Mariani (@MikesMariani) joins us to discuss his latest piece in GQ, "The Would-Be Terrorist vs. the FBI." In this piece, Mariani tells the story of Matthew Llaneza, a marginalized and mentally ill young man who was ensnared by an FBI anti-terror sting. After a stint in prison, Llaneza found work with a man who turned out to be an FBI informant. Over time, the informant ensnared him in a bizarre terror plot tailor-made to his particular psychology. Llaneza is just one of hundreds of people who've been targeted by FBI terror stings since 9/11. Mariani goes over the legal, media, and institutional reasons for this injustice.

On the fun half: Sinclair Media tries to distance itself from Boris Epshteyn's commentary on immigrants. Why isn't Mike Cernovich reporting on Jeffrey Epstein? Bolsonaro salutes John Bolton as he arrives in Brazil. Noam Chomsky on Bolsonaro and Lula. Bernie explains the next steps after Yemen procedural vote. Pompeo says there's no direct evidence of MBS's involvement in Khasshogi murder. Ivanka Trump on her wellness in Washington. Ben Shapiro does not understand economics or climate change. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Stephen Walt (@stephenWalt), Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School and author of The Hell of Good Intentions: America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy, joins us.

On today's show: Sam celebrates the one-year anniversary of Mike Cernovich's failed attempt to take him down.

Stephen Walt, Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, joins us to discuss his new book, The Hell of Good Intentions: America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy. In 1992, the Cold War was over and many anticipated the United States would preside over a new era of peace and prosperity. But that has not happened; in fact, quite the opposite. This failure, Walt argues, has been due to overzealousness on the part of bipartisan foreign policy elites to spread liberal values throughout the world and an unwillingness to hold people like John Bolton accountable for their mistakes.

On the fun half: Geraldo Rivera slams Fox News over coverage of migrant caravan being tear-gassed. Fox host: Cindy Hyde-Smith's "public hanging" comments aren't racist because she didn't say "lynching." Brian Kilmeade shocked GOP tax cuts led to GM job losses. Fox's Charles Payne fears capitalism is in trouble because Americans will see companies post record earnings amid massive layoffs and elect "a straight-up socialist." Bernie Sanders says war in Yemen is unconstitutional, issues call to action on Senate floor. British school boys beat up Syrian refugee. Boris Johnson's embarrassing outtakes prove he knows nothing. Michigan college hands out hockey pucks for kids to stop mass shooters with. Joe Rogan explains why Gavin McInnes is leaving the Proud Boys, gets some things wrong.

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Alyshia Galvez (@alyshiagalvez), author of 'Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico,' joins us.

Sam answers a listener's question on the pitfalls of economic nationalism. Trump promises no auto plant closures in Michigan in 2016, the same thing to folks in Youngstown, OH in 2017. Paul Manafort thinks he's getting pardoned by Donald Trump, probably broke his plea deal.

Alyshia Galvez (@alyshiagalvez) joins us to discuss her new book, 'Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico,' in which Galvez examines the impact of NAFTA on the people of Mexico. By flooding Mexico with cheap corn and other goods from the US, NAFTA impacted many areas of life including nutrition, culture, and the ability of subsistence farmers to make a living in their communities. Galvez breaks down some of NAFTA's "sacred ideas" and makes the case for a trade policy based around human needs, rather than profits for the global 1%.

On the fun half: First Ole Miss Rhodes scholar calls out Cindy Hyde Smith as racist. Tomi Lahren rants about asylum seekers who are ungrateful for the help offered to them. MSNBC reporter debunks GOP claims that the caravan is violent. Boris Epshteyn justifies teargassing the people in the caravan. Trump says he doesn't believe the climate change report. Tom Delay says the national climate assessment is "a disgrace." Stefan Molyneux advocates for Poland and the white ethno-state. Do Democrats need to make a better case to the white working class? Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11-27-18-Alyshia_Galvez-pub.mp3
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David Dayen joins Sam to discuss his recently published piece in the Intercept, "House Progressives are Facing an Unexpected Problem in their Quest for Committee Power." Dayen lays out the recent history of the Progressive Caucus and illustrates how it's growing--it will be three times the size of the Freedom Caucus when it entered the House in 2011. Considering that Pelosi needs virtually every Democrat to vote for her on the floor; Progressives recognized this and made a power play--they wanted leadership roles on all domestic policy committees. Roads to progressive legislation like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, or expanded Social Security run through these committees. Placing Progressives in these committees will reshape the types of legislation brought to a vote under a future Democratically controlled Congress and Executive branch. Dayen and Sam break down why Progressives in the past have not been able to enact meaningful legislation in the House--Dayen believes it's a long-standing practice of self-selection, where Progressives flock to the Judiciary committee and New Democrats maximize their power on financial committees. How can we on the outside effect these inside deals? Dayen believes it's on the media and constituents to talk about it, which in turn will pressure on our elected officials.

And in the Fun Half: our takeaways from the National Climate Assessment, Rick Santorum is giddy that the Trump administration released the NCA report on Black Friday, an AEI VP declares she's not a doctor and then obfuscating the NCA report, how the oil lobby owns the GOP and Mike Lee illustrates that case and point, the fallacy of "Innovation," Bernie's new book is out tomorrow, showing family members the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, why the asylum process has always been a problem, the sexual anxiety of alt-right bigots, Gavin explains why he's stepping down from the Proud Boys and also why white supremacy is not real, and the big electoral wins in Minnesota. Plus your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 11-26-18-David_Dayen-pub.mp3
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