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Good morning, joining Michael Brooks on today's show is Mike Hanna to discuss the story behind how the Trump administration approved private nuclear development contracts to the Saudi regime.  Mike Hanna helps explain the Trump administrations role and the players involved in selling nuclear development contracts to the Saudis. Under normal circumstances, a presidential administration must first enter a "123 agreement" before selling nuclear contracts to foreign countries. According to Senator Bob Menendez the US "can only enter into [nuclear] force after Congress has reviewed it and evaluated whether the agreement meets the nonproliferation standards required by Section 123 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954."  The United States has no such agreement with Saudi Arabia, nor is there any plan for Congress to approve one especially given the Kingdom's murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Mike and Michael then discuss the status of the Iran deal and the recognition of the Golan Heights as part of Israel in the context of new Saudi nuclear development contracts. Mike and Michael conclude their discussion with a look at the upcoming Israeli elections, why some Israelis are concerned about Trump's unflappable support for Bibi Netanyahu's Likud party, and the Democratic party's shifting demographics and feelings towards Israel.

And in the Fun Half: Dave Rubin is the pure ideas man, why Beto is running, political violence in Nicaragua, UK military shooting at Jeremy Corbin targets, Bernie returns for a 2019 Fox News Townhall, Fox goes to a diner and gets rolled on higher taxes and GND, the Left Media March Madness bracket round of 16, an environmentalist leader in Brazil is murdered, remembering Lula's trial a year after his imprisonment, mobilizing minority voters to win elections, MSM's problem with Bernie Sanders, radical left christian organizing efforts in the south, plus your calls and IMs!

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On today's show: Trump wants to abolish immigration judges. Kris Kobach, a possible pick for Trump's "immigration Czar," advocates for "processing towns" where asylum seekers are concentrated into "camps."

Neil Gorsuch rules that "cruel and unusual" must be decided based on the standards of 1787. Conservative claims win in WI supreme court race. Democrat wins Senate seat in PA special election. DSA-endorsed socialists win seats on Chicago's city council.

On the fun half: Trump wants investigators to explore the "oranges" of the Mueller report. WH spokesman laments disaster relief to Puerto Rico, says "that country" has mismanaged aid. Mollie Hemmingway on shutting down the southern border: "a little pain" is good for the country. A black voter gives his perspective on why many black people didn't vote for Clinton in 2016. Dave Rubin claims he never gets invited to campus by libs. Dereck Black, reformed white nationalist, says his white nationalist family loves Tucker Carlson. Woman explains why she voted for Trump after supporting Bernie as "kind of a joke." Black woman says she voted for Trump because he's a business man.

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Stephanie L. Mudge (@stephaniemudge), author of Leftism Reinvented: Western Parties from Socialism to Neoliberalism, joins us.

On today's show: Bernie explains policy that would outlaw right-to-work states.

Stephanie L. Mudge (@stephaniemudge), author of Leftism Reinvented: Western Parties from Socialism to Neoliberalism, joins us. In this book, Mudge examines the trajectory of left-leaning political parties in Germany, the UK, Sweden and the US. While the social democratic parties of Europe started out more socialist and labor-oriented than the Democratic Party in the US, their economic policies converged in the Keynesian era and into the neoliberal turn. Mudge focuses on the influence of experts on these policy decisions and argues that neoliberalism was a choice, not merely a response to economic forces beyond anyone's control.

On the fun half: Michael Tracey says that anyone other than journalists would lose their jobs after a mistake like Russia investigation. Tucker Carlson defends Bush's motives in Iraq war. Joanna Hausmann, comedian, woke-splains why US needs to intervene in Venezuela. Surprise: her dad is Guaido's pick for Venezuela's IDB representative. Ben Shapiro whines about AOC not debating him. Stephen Moore says he's new to this whole fed game. @TheSerfsTV discusses being de-platformed from Youtube by the alt-right. Tucker Carlson insults Chris Hayes, suggests Americans should treat climate change with skepticism after Russia investigation. Mehdi Hasan grills Israeli ambassador to UN on 2-state solution. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Author and law professor Khaled Beydoun joins MR to discuss his book American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear

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Author and law professor Khaled Beydoun joins us to discuss his book American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of FearIn this book, Beydoun looks at the scope and impact of domestic “war on terror” legislation in how it racialized Muslims and transformed everyday life within Muslim communities. How Islamophobia was built into US immigration law, and how it changed after 9/11. The strains of Islamophobia influencing Trump policies like the Muslim ban. Demographic shifts, white identity politics, and other factors driving Islamophobia today.

On the fun half: Mick Mulvaney says debate on  pre-existing conditions is over. Mulvaney says debate on preexisting conditions is over. Bernie says he will lower prescription drug costs by half when elected president. AOC says PR is experiencing a disaster the scale of 9/11...where is our response? AOC is surprised at the ineptitude of GOP and Fox News response to her and GND. Benny Johnson psyching up crowd at TP USA: "I've never seen so many white people in one room!"A plug for the Books to Prisoners program in Seattle; donate at bookstoprisoners.net. Beto O'Rourke campaign launch in El Paso: pure pablum. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon ) and Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) join us. Also: Sam debates Michael Tracey.

On today's show: Fox and Friends: Who needs a 300 page report when we have a 4 page summary?

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), founder of Progressive Army and host of the Benjamin Dixon Show, joins us. Ben's take on the Mueller report and what purpose people like Michael Tracey are actually serving when they go on Tucker Carlson uncritically. Trump's latest attack on the ACA. Joe Biden's attempts to use Stacey Abrams in the 2020 race. Kamala Harris' problematic record. Hannity asks how Rush Limbaugh does his job with "half his brain tied behind his back."

Comedian Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) joins us to let out some feelings about Trump and the Mueller investigation. It's okay to be angry!

Russia skeptic and "independent journalist" Michael Tracey (@mtracey) joins us for a spirited exchange. Does MR owe listeners an apology for having on Marcy Wheeler to talk about the Mueller investigation?

Jay Inslee explains why all Americans will be impacted by climate change. Trump slams amnesty lawyers & asylum seekers. Trump says people won't be able to watch TV because wind energy is inconsistent. Trump says he wants to campaign against Green New Deal. Pat Buchanan tells Laura Ingraham African Americans still haven't assimilated. Trump talks repealing ACA and how Republicans will make a much better healthcare system. Qanon line outside Trump rally wraps around corner.

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Good Thursday morning, joining Michael today is professor Daniel Bessner, author of Democracy in Exile, to discuss his latest piece in the Nation "Foreign Policy Beyond Good and Evil."  Bessner argues that as the 2020 primaries come into view progressives should be cautious about how Warren and Sanders understand international relations. Bessner and Brooks begin their conversations in the 1930s when the Western allied forces and Northern Atlantic countries confronted Nazi forces. During the Cold War, the United States cemented its foreign policy world view as democratic goodness versus evil which constituted anything standing in the way of Americans international agenda. Comparing adversaries to Nazis gives American foreign policy leaders license to endless militarism abroad. Bessner argues that we need to judge international leaders bad policies beyond "good and evil," comparing the Iranian regime to Nazism is neither accurate depiction nor productive to building a stable Middle East. So then, how can the Left advocate global humanitarian crises in American politics? Bessner believes that developing new domestic humanitarian aid policies would be a good first step, albeit an ambitious one, towards a more just global community. Bessner and Brooks conclude the interview sharing their thoughts on the foreign policy positives and negatives of the leading progressive candidates (Sanders and Warren) seeking the 2020 nomination. Bessner leaves the show asking listeners to consider all the ways in which the military is valorized in American life. If we want to reframe US militarism we must first disentangle all the ways the military pervades our culture and everyday lives.

And in the Fun Half: how leftist foreign policy would play in conservative America, Trump's thoughts on Russian troops in Venezuela, Cory Booker turns his So. Carolina townhall stage into a church pulpit, Tucker Carlson says CNN and MSNBC get their marching orders from Nancy Pelosi, where Mayor Pete lies on the left ideological spectrum, Bernie's new M4A ad, Boris Epshteyn calls in, the Alt-Right's various connections to the Christchurch shooter, Ben Shapiro as conduit to all far right radicalism, the UN's problematic stance on Mozambique's recovery efforts, a long horizon of our politics, the problem with Beto in a national election, how Jimmy Dore poison's the left political well, plus your calls and IMs!

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Elisabeth Rosenthal (@RosenthalHealth), author of An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How We Can Take It Back, joins us.

On today's show: Bernie Sanders says "get rid of the insurance companies," won't support anything but Medicare-for-all.

Elisabeth Rosenthal, editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, joins us to discuss her book, An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How We Can Take It Back. The court case that could jeopardize the ACA. The most successful parts of the ACA. Why healthcare is so much more expensive in the US than everywhere else. How "sticky pricing" drives costs up. How the industry has worked around well-intentioned ACA regulations to charge even more. How proposed ACA fixes fall short of addressing price issues. The poor outcomes and limited choices patients see in a profit-driven system.

On the fun half: Pope doesn't want his ring kissed. Stacey Abrams politely declines to be used as a prop by Joe Biden. Joe Biden says "I wish I could have done something" about the way Anita Hill was treated. Barbara Lee asks Betsy Devos about racial inequality in school suspensions: Why did you rescind this order? Marc Pocan asks why the Department of Education would cut Special Olympics funding. Pennsylvania "epitome of religious intolerance": GOP lawmaker begs "God forgive us" prior to Muslim colleague being sworn in. Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell responds to aggro prayer. AOC says GND is not elitist, tell that to kids in the Bronx and Flint. How to react when ICE claims to be serving you a warrant. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 3-27-19-Elisabeth_Rosenthal-pub.mp3
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Author and Talk Poverty Editor Pat Garofalo (@Pat_Garofalo) joins us to discuss his new book, The Billionaire Boondoggle: How Our Politicians Let Corporations and Bigwigs Steal Our Money and Jobs.

On today's show: A breakdown of the web of intrigue surrounding Felix Sater.

Author and Talk Poverty Editor Pat Garofalo (@Pat_Garofalo) joins us to discuss his new book, The Billionaire Boondoggle: How Our Politicians Let Corporations and Bigwigs Steal Our Money and Jobs. It's business as usual for cities to compete with each other to see who can offer the most generous tax subsidy to attract any given corporation. But does this actually work out in communities' favor? Using examples like Amazon, a New Jersey mega mall, and the entertainment industry, Garofalo explains why, despite being politically popular, these kinds of tax breaks are never a good deal for the people living in distressed areas.

On the fun half: Nancy Pelosi at AIPAC: The House "came together to condemn the anti-semitic myth of dual loyalty." Chuck Schumer equivocates Omar's statements with Trump calling neo-Nazis "very fine people." Is Jamie scaring people away from the left by talking about anarcho-communism? Bill O'Reilly says Fox is losing lots of money because of MediaMatters and MoveOn. 2014: Steve Moore says Brownback is under complete assault from left, austerity is not actually happening. 2014: Steve Moore says Brownback is creating jobs again...Kevin Price says the numbers look small, but we need perspective. Bernie calls for release of Mueller report. Kamala Harris takes photo with California AIPAC leaders. Pompeo says America has been "infested" by "insidious new form" of bigotry "in the guise of anti-Zionism." Pompeo extremely happy that Trump recognized Israeli control of Golan Heights. Republican Congressman asks "Are you a socialist or a capitalist? Yes or no?"

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Direct download: 3-25-19-Pat-Garofalo-pub.mp3
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On today's show, we respond to the Mueller Report.

Nunes says the Mueller report should be burned. Sam breaks down the findings that have been released so far. While not a complete exoneration, the Mueller investigation did not find evidence to support the two charges being investigated: collusion for purposes of tampering with the 2016 election, and obstruction of justice. But there's more that could come out when the full report is released, so stay tuned. Was Matt Taibbi wrong to compare the media's engagement around the Mueller investigation to its reporting around WMDs in Iraq?

Sam on the Jesse Lee Peterson show. Trump says he's fully exonerated, now we need to look at the other side. William Barr testifies that promising a presidential pardon would be a criminal act. Savannah Guthrie asks if Barr's judgment is impartial after writing that the president could not obstruct justice. Beto says he wants to means test Social Security on 2012 House campaign trail (oh hell no). Meghan McCain, speaking at AIPAC, insinuates that Ilhan Omar is not American. CBP detains 9-year-old US citizen, accuses her of lying about her identity. A brief exchange on the 2nd amendment. Fox guest explains why we need electoral college: "Balances & checks & balances." Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 3-25-19-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:55pm EDT

Virgil Texas (@virgiltexas ), co-host of Chapo Trap House and co-author of The Chapo Guide to Revolution: a Manifesto Against Logic, Facts and Reason, joins us.

On today's show: Pete Hegseth can't stand these damn identity politics. An entire Fox News segment dedicated to exploring Pete Hegseth's genealogical identity.

Virgil Texas of Chapo Trap House joins us for some wonkish talk of the 2020 field. Beto's appeal to voters What's the deal with #GravelGang? How about Andrew Yang? How much do the Democratic primary debates matter? What are Bernie's challenges at this point? How much does he need to win by to actually win?

Trump fumes and calls Fox's Maria Bartiromo "fake news" for grilling him on his attacks on John McCain. The MR crew is visited by a spirit that gives us insights into Trump one could only gain from another dimension.

On the fun half: Trump says Democratic candidates not attending AIPAC are anti-Jewish. Hegseth says candidates who skip AIPAC "may be anti-Semitic." One of Melania's platforms for her "be best" campaign is "opioid abuse." Trump explains how administration will cut off funding to colleges that de-platform right wing guests. Trump says he's been witnessing free speech problems for a long time, says he loves loans. Virgil recalls his run-in with the Yang Gang. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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