The Majority Report with Sam Seder

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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