The Majority Report with Sam Seder

On today's show, Elie Mystal, Executive Editor at Above the Law, joins us to discuss his cover story in the Nation, "Donald Trump and the Plot to Take Over the Courts."

Sam and Mystal take a 30,000 ft. view of Trump's judicial maneuvers before moving to particular judges and their legal records on the bench. Trump and McConnell have confirmed at least 123 federal judges, including 41 to the circuit court of appeals judges. 14% of all federal judges are Trump judges, and 22% of all circuit court judges are Trump appointees. McConnell was a huge roadblock for Obama entire legal project, with 116 vacancies at the end of Obama second time. With the benefit of hindsight, Sam and Mystal agree that the liberal progressive movement has not done the organizational work needed to bring left-leaning judges and lawyers to the federal bench. According to Mystal, the GOP knows how to play this game, the Federalist Society and Judicial Crisis network know how to slam liberal organizations like the American Constitution Society and ACLU as unhinged leftists.

Shifting gears, Mystal explains why your region's circuit court of appeals is the most instrumental in determining your state's laws. The final arbiter on the laws that affect your day-to-day life is your circuit court, the Supreme Court does not need to see every case that is appealed beyond the circuit court, leaving the final ruling at the circuit court. Mystal then breaks down Trump's worst of the worst confirmed judges. Starting with Don R. Willits, appointed to the 5th circuit, was once called the "most conservative" judge on the Texas Supreme Court by religious-right leader James Dobson of Focus on the Family. Willits has consistently ruled against LGBT protections in Texas and refused to recognize same-sex marriage licenses awarded in other states. Next up, Chad Readler. Readler was Jeff Sessions "right-hand man" in the DOJ's civil division where he defended Trump and Sessions' child-separation policies and ending DACA protections. And lastly, we have Amy Barrett, the handmaiden. Mystal says that conservatives have been saving Amy Barrett as their ace-in-the-hole for when Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies. Barrett will be the one who allows the GOP court to overturn 40+ years of precedent when they abolish Roe v. Wade and a whole host of other reproductive rights. Read the entire piece to get a better understanding of why the left needs to organize around the judicial system!

And in the Fun Half: Sam contemplates if he's having a stroke, Bernie isn't making friends at Washington Post 2020 Candidate forum, and won't be caught in a gotcha moment about bussing either, Dave Rubin gets Marianne Williamson on his program and it didn't go as planned, Marianne explains reparations and restitution for slavery, Rubin gets schooled, he pivots and takes her into the deep end on Iran, but Marianne sinks him instead, Elizabeth Warren asks why the acting Defense Secretary won't commit to ending relationships with his former employers at Raytheon, a Palantir co-founder calls Google and its employees "not a patriotic company," Emerald Garner delivers a powerful statement calling for Officer Pantaleo job to be terminated, how Bill Barr quashed the DOJ's investigation into Garner's death, plus no calls and no IMs!

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

House votes to condemn Trump racist Tweets with just four Republicans backing the measure. (Splinter)

Planned Parenthood removes the first physician to lead the organization in nearly 50 years, after spending less than a year on the job. (PBS)

Over 3 million people have given money to Democrats online this yea, signaling another big year for small-dollar donations on the left. (Daily Beast)

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

Washington Post reports that Roger Stone has been barred by U.S. judge from posting on social media during his current trial. The judge says Stone violated the terms of his release, and may seek a contempt hearing after trial. (NPR)

A new study finds that automotive giant Volkswagen cheated on emissions standards and their cars have been emitting dangerous pollutants at levels up to 150 times that of a normal car. (VOX)

The Hill reports that the Trump administration is gutting the Department of Labor public lands agency, leaving less than 1% of staff working in the nation's capital. (HILL)

Washing Post is reporting that six high-ranking employees at Southwest Key, a nonprofit organization housing thousands of migrant children for the federal government, made at least $1 million for their work in 2017. (WaPo)

And Pacific-Standard reports that anti-ICE activists  shut down three of PNC bank’s Manhattan branches yesterday in response to the bank’s continued funding of immigrant detention facilities. (Pacific-Standard)

 

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On today's show the MR team brings you the news. Sam breaks down the Trump administration's next step in eroding federal research agencies: forcing USDA scientists to relocate to Kansas City. USDA staffers had until midnight on Monday to decide whether or not they would relocate with the department's research branches to the midwest, a brazen move designed to distance scientists and their findings from legislators and policy makers in DC. Joe Biden's healthcare policy rollout hit a roadblock last night when his press secretary Symone Sanders was asked about her change of heart from 2016 when she promoted Bernie's Medicare for All plan to now promoting Biden's less expansive Obamacare plus plan. Symone Sanders' non-answers and pablum explaining why Biden's plan was better than Medicare for All is exactly what happens to press secretaries when there is no substance or popular demand for a policy like Biden's Obamacare expansion--the healthcare horizon has expanded beyond eliminating tax subsidy caps. And in the White House, Trump doubles down on his racist statements and says that his nakedly racist comments about the Squad were fine because "many people agree" with them. Trump is in full 2020 mode and knows the election will be about bases. Trump is betting on racism as his best tool to turn out republican voters next November. Sam then examines the Squad's responses to Trump and how they do politics better than anyone else in the Democratic Party. Their ability to synthesize their talking points, policy projects all while keeping their opposition in their sights, including Democratic House Leadership. The Squad can walk and chew gum while they seize power for the left.

And in the Fun Half:  Sam shares news of his ongoing right wing trolling projects, the time Gavin McInnes offered Sam $5,000 to go on his show, Gavin also made this offer to David Pakman, but really wanted to sure up the deal...so he called in, coincidentally Sam gets a call from "Bob Fandela" to talk about Right Wing Mandela's new Free Ideas show, Puerto Ricans are protesting after Governor Ricardo Rosselló's group chats leaked where he called for the death of the San Juan mayor and homophobic remarks about Ricky Martin, why Bernie Sanders needs to do well in South Carolina, turning out voters is more productive than pandering to the elusive purple suburban professional managerial class, why Medicare 4 All is popular across class and identity, plus your calls and IMs!

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Trump steps up attacks on progressive congresswomen, says they 'hate our country' and Israel. (NBC)

WH projects $1 trillion deficit for 2019. (THE HILL)

Beto O'Rourke fundraising fell to $3.6 million in second quarter. (POLITICO)

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

The Intercept is reporting that the margin of victory between Tiffany Cabán and Melinda Katz to be Queens's next top prosecutor is now less than one half of a percentage point, which has prompted a mandatory recount of more than 90,000 votes. 

WMUR reports that Kamala Harris has risen into second place in the latest New Hampshire primary poll conducted by Saint Anselm College.

More than 100 Amazon employees in Minnesota went on strike during Amazon Prime Day. The warehouse workers were protesting the company’s labor conditions and environmental impact. (GRIST)

NBC News is reporting that Sadie Roberts-Joseph, the founder and curator of the Baton Rouge African American Museum, was discovered dead in the trunk of a car Friday afternoon. A cause of death is not yet known.

The Green New Deal has picked up endorsements from two major Christian groups, calling the policy framework “what is needed to preserve and restore God’s great gift of creation.” (HUFFPO)

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On today's show, David T. Courtwright, author of The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business and presidential professor emeritus in the Department of History at the University of North Florida, joins us.

On today's show: Mike Pence observes men in cages at Southern border.

David T. Courtwright, author of The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business and presidential professor emeritus in the Department of History at the University of North Florida, joins us. Most people think of drugs and alcohol as the primary things associated with addiction. But people can become addicted to many other things. In this book, Courtwright explores the idea of "limbic capitalism," by which corporations exploit the body's limbic system for profit by getting people addicted to everything from sugary soft drinks to social media.

On the fun half: Nancy Pelosi faces off against progressive "squad" of AOC, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley. AOC on visit to border detention: "I believe them...this is a manufactured crisis." Heather Heyer's killer sentenced to life in prison. Fox and Friends laughs at Trump's racist tweets: "very comedic." Lindsey Graham says AOC and the squad are a bunch of communists. Newt says Trump sees an opportunity to attack the squad because of the fight between progressives and Pelosi. Ilhan Omar explains why politics is about wielding power, not sharing it to maintain status quo. Biden promoting his healthcare plan that doesn't include Medicare For All. Obama endorses Medicare For All before 2018 midterms.

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Trump Tells Freshman Congresswomen to ‘Go Back’ to the Countries They Came From (NYT)

Trump trails Biden, Warren and Sanders in new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll (NBC)

Top 2020 Dems wouldn't reverse Trump's Jerusalem embassy decision (AXIOS)

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

Large-scale federal immigration raids of people illegally in the U.S. again failed to materialize Sunday after being touted in advance by President Trump, raising questions about the government’s plans. (WSJ)

Joe Biden unveiled a proposal Monday to expand the Affordable Care Act with an optional public health insurance program. (WaPo)

Trump is thinking about ditching Commerce chief Wilbur Ross after census his big question defeat. (NBC)

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday night that he granted a visa to Iran's foreign minister to visit New York primarily to meet U.S. obligations to the United Nations but that his movements will be sharply curtailed. (WaPo)

 

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Sam at Netroots! Day 2.

Sam is joined by Adele Stan from Right Wing Watch,

Briahna Joy Gray and Winnie Wong from the Bernie Sanders campaign,

Jeff Hauser of the Revolving Door Project, Alexandra Rojas of Justice Democrats,

Adam Green of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Ryan Grim of The Intercept,

and Matt Christman, Brendan James and Virgil Texas of Chapo Trap House.

Also: Bernie gets an approving pat from a postal worker, Trump says Acosta did a great job as labor secretary, Brooke Goldstein claims Ilhan Omar "would be a member of the KKK" if she weren't in Congress, Pelosi admonishes "squad" not to tweet their complaints, David Dayen updates us on the White House's attack on asylum seekers, Tommy Robinson supporting thugs attack journalists outside parliament, Trump says the kidney "has a special place in the heart."

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

President Trump stuns his conservative allies by announcing that he’s finally caving his plan to add a citizenship question to the Census (Mother Jones)

Conservative Democrat William Lacy Clay accused Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of using the race card in her dust-up with Nancy Pelosi (Splinter)

San Francisco Bay Area immigration rights group says ICE arrests that were scheduled to start this weekend have already begun (KRON)

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

The House Judiciary approves subpoenas for 12 key witnesses, including Jared Kushner (Politico)

New victims are coming forward as Jeffrey Epstein's asks to be released from jail to his $77 million Manhattan mansion (Miami Herald)

Betsy DeVos is being sued over her student loan forgiveness program that denies 99 percent of the applicants (Politico)

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Sam reports live from the Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia.

On day one of Netroots, Sam speaks with Dean Obeidallah, host of SiriusXM's 'The Dean Obeidallah Show;" David Dayen, executive editor of 'The American Prospect;' David Weigel of The Washington Post; Sean McElwee and Julian Brave NoiseCat of Data For Progress; Jared Holt of Right Wing Watch; and Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA.

Also on today's show: Bernie tells Rachel Maddow that as president, he'd scare Mitch McConnell by going to KY and having a rally. Bernie says inequality is intentional, emphasizes need to take on the power structure. Gorka gets owned by prank caller. AOC asks Powell why the Fed keeps getting the rate of unemployment wrong, attacks the Phillips curve as discredited economic model. Ben Shapiro says Megan Rapinoe benefits from being an outspoken lesbian.

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES:

'Do not tweet': Pelosi scolds progressives in closed-door meeting (POLITICO)

AOC says Pelosi is "singling out" women of color in Congress (Axios)

ICE just opens three new detention centers, after Congress told it not to (Mother Jones)

Trump’s July 4 event and weekend protests bankrupted D.C. security fund, mayor says (WAPO)

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

U.S. Prepares to Arrest Thousands of Immigrant Family Members (NYT)

State Department Analyst Resigns After White House Blocked Climate Change Testimony (WSJ)

Fed chief: Facebook crypto project poses 'serious concerns' for economy, consumers (The Hill)

House oversight panel asks Acosta to testify on Epstein plea (UPI)

Trump invites right-wing extremists to White House ‘social media summit’ (CNN)

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