The Majority Report with Sam Seder

rump's bizarre G20 Agenda and handshake with Putin.

Cliff Schecter explains why the Senate's health care bill might be in trouble. What Republican Senators might vote against the McConell bill. Mitch McConnell threatens Republican. Mark Penn emerges from his hole and the delusional center makes its case. Did Bernie move to the center? White House ethics chief resigns and Hobby Lobby buys stolen artifacts from ISIS.

Andy Kindler on Ricky Gervais, Dennis Miller, and his new podcast, Thought Spiral.

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Paul Ryan reminds everyone that Republicans need to destroy health care in order to fund tax giveaways for the rich.

Barry Eidlin, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at McGill University, explains why the Republicans war on labor is institutional. What are Right to Work laws. Labor leaders and reaching out to Republicans. Transactional politics and weakened labor unions. The problem with labor as a special interest. Union density in the United States and Canada. How labor unions have undermined themselves politically in the United States. The 1960s New Left and how it hurt labor and what needs to be done to revive the labor movement?

On The Fun Half: What is the dumb dumb left? Donald Trump talks about World War 2 in Poland and its pretty hilarious. Trump, has another weird moment. Trump rambles about Russia and elections. Time Warner CEO says its Democrats are a bigger threat to the first amendment than Trump because they support campaign finance reform. Jesse Waters has "thoughts" about North Korea. Chris Christie spins for hanging out on a beach that his budget fight shut down for the public and your calls and IMs.

Cast: Sam Seder @samseder, Michael Brooks @_michaelbrooks, Matt Lech, @mattlech, Kelly Carey @kellycare

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Why did single payer in California fail and the structural reforms needed to succeed in the future. North Korea tests an ICBM. How the Bush Administration helped create the North Korean nuclear crisis. A new delusional project for Silicon Valley plutocrats.

On The Fun Half: MR's war against the Dumb Dumb Left continues. Bernie Sanders walks the perfect line on healthcare. The Obamacare collapse myth. Conservatives freak out about NPR tweeting out the Declaration of Independence. Trump and Putin set for their first meeting and Mike Huckabee has stupid predictions about it. Random Rush and your calls and IMs.

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Mary Otto (@mottomatic), author and oral health topic leader for the Association of Health Care Journalists, joins us today to talk about her new book, "Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America."

For members, a conversation between Janeane Garofalo, Lewis Lapham, and Dennis Loy-Johnson discuss "What Do We Do Know?", an essay collection on the state of the left following Bush's reelection.

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Cliff Schecter, explains what why Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are holding up the health care destruction bill. What's Mitch McConnell's angle. Shelly Moore Capito, shows how a Republican can be bribed to support the bill. The Republican assault on Medicaid. Ezra Klein sort of loses his innocence. The Trump and Morning Joe war and the new assault on voting rights.

Larry Murphy, talks about Trump country in Massachusetts. Trump's constant lies. The Boston bros and Trump and Larry keeps up with everything.

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When Mitch McConnell promised to fight to expand health care and not destroy it.

Thomas Shapiro, the Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy and Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University and author of, “Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future", explains the trend towards stalled social mobility in America. The intersection with the widening racial wealth gap. Intergenerational wealth and race. The estate tax and structural inequality. The absurdity and danger of cutting the estate tax. Housing policy and wealth generation. Social Security and the exclusion of African Americans. Schools, property taxes and inequality and the myth of understanding generational wealth and how we deluded ourselves about how wealth is generated and why all American families need assets and social protection.

On The Fun Half: Trump throws tantrum aimed at Morning Joe on Twitter. Sarah Huckabee does more hopeless spinning. Dana Loesch with a bizarre NRA ad and a trip down conspiracy theory lane. African American off duty cop killed and the bigger picture of policing and the African American community and your calls and IMs.

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The Republicans continue to pursue destroying health care. The Republican timeline of attempting to destroy health care. How Republicans ran to the left of Obamacare. The side deals Republicans will cut in the Senate. The next phase of Republican plans to destroy the social safety net. How Obama undermined Obamacare. Mitch McConnell is angry at Donald Trump's stupidity. Republican Congressman Francis Rooney, also has no idea what his job is and Al Franken humiliates Rick Perry.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump's fake Time cover. Trump acts creepy. Reporter calls out Sarah Huckabee for demonizing the press. Ivanka whines and complains on Fox & Friends. Sarah Palin sues the New York Times and your calls and IMs.

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Republicans are still trying to scam you on health care repeal.

Nancy Maclean, a Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University and author of, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, explains the extremist property right origins of far right politics. James Buchanan's connections to slavery practicing, southern politics. Why libertarians never want to look at how power and wealth are created. The Koch donor network and the threats over healthcare. What is public choice economics? The bizarre world of libertarian "morals". Why libertarians are anti constitutional. The Mont Pelerin Society and the global assault on democracy and social equity. Why does the extreme right want "big bangs" in public policy. James Buchanan and Milton Friedman in Chile. Why libertarians are on the verge of killing American democracy and how the Left can resist.

On The Fun Half: did the Democrats put so much money into Jon Ossoff? Paul Ryan presents some amazing and disgusting new spin about healthcare. Former Republican Congressman admits he benefited from Obamacare. Warren Buffet calls for single payer health care. How the Senate can still pass health care repeal.

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Owen Jones joins us to discuss the death of neoliberalism and emergence of solidarity between the British "middle-classes" and working people. The self-discrediting Tories. New Labour's demise and how centrists are responding to Corbyn's success. Macronism vs. Corbynism

On the fun half - KellyAnne thinks medicare recipients should get jobs, a spinal muscular atrophy, Sam Harris is genocidal while Maajid Nawaz nods along, Texas Rep Pete Olson said Bill Clinton reminded Loretta Lynch about Vince Foster, and your calls and IMs!

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Writer Corey Pein (@coreypein) and Matt Christman (@cushbomb) of Chapo Trap House join the show today.

Reaction to the grotesque cruelty of the Senate "health care" bill. How this administration signals a retrenchment of capital.

Why we need to view the ongoing grotesque assault on the poor through a camera obscura of irony. Matt outlines the "sewer socialists" of Milwaukee in the 1910s and 20s. How class analysis has been blunted. Matt recommends the 2015 Green Room.

On the fun half - Mitch McConnell wants to kill disabled people, activists in wheelchairs get forcibly removed from McConnell's office, Shelly Capito listens to constituent about how BHRA cuts will kill her daughter, and your calls and IMs.

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On today's show, Kate Raworth (@KateRaworth), economist, and Senior Visiting Research Associate, ECI, Oxford University, joins the show. Why Adam Smith isn't the laissez-faire fundamentalist his reputation makes him to be. How the false idea of the purely self-interested "economic man" has negatively impacted humanity. The huge economic blindspots of classical economics about things like domestic labor done by women. Why GDP is an archaic metric for measuring economic well-being.

On the fun half - Labour MP defends retweeting 'burn neoliberalism', Michael Bloomberg wants to give Trump a chance, video emerges of Diamond Reynolds and daughter in back of police vehicle following Philandro Castile shooting, Kushner speaks, and your calls and ims.

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Are people starting to notice that Republicans are rushing health care destruction through the Senate.

Washington Post National Reporters, Dave Weigsl, explains how Karen Handal won in Georgia. Why Republicans run national and tribal campaigns. Do Democrats need a national message? What's a smart for Democrats to attack Trump. Stop pretending that moderate Republicans exist. Archie Parnell ran a strong race in South Carolina and Republicans run against Goldman Sachs? The Democrats have bad consultants and don't get unity and why the mainstream media keeps giving Paul Ryan a pass.

On the Fun Half: Sam's role in the Seth Rich scandal, Rick Perry talks amazing nonsense. Police Officer gets away with killing Philander Castile. Conservative resentment and voting. Senator Chris Murphy calls out Republican "moderates" for pretending to oppose how secretive the Senate health care bill is and your calls and IMs.

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

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Democrats start down the nuclear road in the Senate's health care bill. Kamala Harris outlines the disaster in the Senate bill. Why Republicans need to destroy the safety net for tax giveaways for the rich. Will the Supreme Court back Republican gerrymandering? Chuck Schumer tries to get assurance from Mitch McConnell that the public will see the bill. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren call out the grotesque Republican health care bill. The Republicans plan is all about tax cuts for the rich and Republican Senators can't answer basic questions about health care repeal.

On the Fun Half: How close is Jon Ossoff? YouTuber Tim Black calls in to Challenge Sam. Trump supporters on Fox want war. Sean Hannity is ow anti birther. Powerful ad from a candidate challenging Paul Ryan and your calls and IMs.

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

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Today, showrunner Anthony Lappé on his new documentary series, 'America's War on Drugs." The role of secret wars in American history in the cold war. The CIA's role in bringing LSD to America. "Operation Condor" in Latin America.

Then, Nomiki Konst, currently a correspondent with The Young Turks, updates on us about the ongoing trials of the democratic unity reform commission. The structural fights going on within Democratic Party.

On the fun half - Trump "reverses" some of Obama's Cuba policies, Jeremy Corbyn calls for seizing luxury properties to house Grenfell survivors, Megyn Kelly does an ok job interviewing Alex Jones, Dave Rubin thinks MLK would be conservative now, and your calls and IMs.

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Two interviews today. First is with K. Sabeel Rahman on his new book, "Democracy Against Domination," on how our public philosophy has forgotten important values of democracy and economic power, and what a more democratic approach to economic regulation might look like.

Then, Minnesota Senator Al Franken joins us to talk his new book, "Al Franken: Giant of the Senate."

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Journalist and author Duff McDonald (@duffmcdonald) joins us to talk about his new book, "The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite."

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Leading voting rights expert and journalist for The Nation magazine Ari Berman (@AriBerman) joins us today. Who Kris Kobach is and why his racist, anti-democratic, Kris Kobach's time at Harvard with advisor and clash of civilizations theorist Samuel Huntington. Why Kobach's anti-black voter stridency seems to be about more than just winning elections for the GOP. Anxiety about fear for the future of the "white race" driving GOP voter suppression. The threat posed by Cross Check.

On the fun half - Jeff Sessions gets grilled by Ron Wyden and "hysterical" Kamala Harris, Rand Paul speaks out for Yemen, major fire in London  property long-complained about for awful safety conditions, plus your calls and IMs!

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Republicans move towards destroying health care  and Democrats need to slow them down. Ben Carson wants government out of health care, mainstream delusions about Democratic Party politics.

Assistent Professor of History Matthew Karp, author of, This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy, explains why scholarship is looking again at the Civil War. Our political moment and the South. Capitalisms origins. Slavery and capital. How the politics of slavery were viewed historically. John C Calhoun and America's slave based foreign policy. Using a Cold War lens to understand southern foreign policy thinking. The Texas treaty and the fear of anti slavery politics. British anti slavery and the fusion of moral and economic anti slavery arguments. States rights and federal policy and "big government" foreign policy on behalf of elites.

On The Fun Half: Jeff Sessions set to testify in front of the Intelligence Committee. Donald Trump Jr, basically confirms what James Comey said. Trump is considering firing Robert Mueller. Alex Jones feels mislead by Megyn Kelly. Trump gets praised by his cabinet. Ivanka Trumo whines about how hard it is. Wayne Allen Root has weird ideas about dating. Joy Reid has insane arguments against Bernie Sanders. What happens when an Alt Right basement dweller meets real oath keepers? John Major concerned about the DUP propping up the Conservative government and your calls and IMs.

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

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Writer Derek Davison (@dwdavison9318) joins us to discuss the crisis between Qatar and other Gulf States. Wahhabism in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Why Qatar irritates Saudi Arabia. The different reactions of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to the Arab Spring. How Qatar's friendly relationship with Iran is complicating matters. Could Saudi Arabia be plotting a coup in Qatar?

On the fun half -  Bernie Sanders slams the Democrats at the People's Summit, Bill Maher takes Kushner's inherited privilege to the woodshed, Megyn Kelly grants exposure to Alex Jones, Owen Jones apologizes for doubting Jeremy Corbyn, and your calls and IMs!

 

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Labor makes big gains in the UK and Tories build a radical right coalition.

Cliff Schecter explains the downfall of John McCain and his bizarre performance at the Comey hearings. Are the Republicans now the "treason" party. Donald Trump's dangerous instability and why all Republicans cover for him. The Senate moves to destroy health care. Why Republicans will always come together to gut health care and give the rich money. Susan Collins is a fake moderate. A Parliamentary problem for Republicans? And Zach Carter explains authoritarian instincts and why Labor performed well.

Isabel Gillies talks about why James Comey becoming sex symbol. Why Republicans are absolutely never going to impeach Trump. Paul Ryan excuses Trump demanding loyalty from James Comey because he is new to government and Isabel tells us to watch Homecoming King on Netflix.

On The Fun Half: High school student censored after posting an anti Trump in school. Ted Cruz messes up and your calls and IMs.

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

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We provide live coverage of the Comey hearings. Senator Kamala Harris indicates that evidence may have been destroyed. Senator Cornyn wants to talk Clinton email scandal. Senator Richard Burr does not follow the Republican script on Trump and Russia. Comey says Russia absolutely intended to influence the election. Why James Comey needed to write down his meeting notes after dealing with Trump's bizarre behavior. Comey's response to the Steele Dossier. Trump's requests on Flynn and loyalty. Why didn't Comey talk to Sessions? Comey confirms that he was obviously fired because of the Russia investigation. The Senate moves toward gutting health care.

On The Fun Half: Boris Johnson gets owned by the coolest fortune teller in Britain. Polls don't look good in the UK. Thoughts on Antifa. Remember Felix Seder and how he fits into the Trump and Russia story and your calls and IMs.

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

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Karen Handel, states that she does not support a livable wage in a debate with Jon Ossoff.

Jonathan Taplin, the Director Emeritus, USC Annenberg Innovation Lab and author of, "Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy." explains how the Internet economy is killing content and creating monopolies and wealth inequality. The connection between monopolies and the loss of democracy. Why the problem is corporate power. How artists get hurt in the YouTube economy. Surveillance Capitalism and the new economy. Protecting consumers in the new economy and the purpose of anti trust law.

On The Fun Half: the Kansas disaster. Karen Handel is a terrible and terrible candidate. Eric Trump says Democrats aren't human and he ran a cancer charity scam. The Trump PAC runs an anti James Comey ad. Bernie Sanders wants a delayed vote on new sanctions against Iran and your calls and IMs.

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

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Pat Robertson muses that British people might want to die in terrorist attacks, because of political correctness.

Russian hackers appear to have triad to hack computers used for voting. Why voting integrity is a structural problem in America. The FBI arrests an NSA leaker. The Trump Administration admits that the Russia investigation is derailing their agenda. Trump is not filling key positions. Trump can't find a good lawyer and how many people are trying to get out of the Trump Administration?

On The Fun Half: Trump gives the airline industry a big favor. Medicade buy-in in Nevada? Gorka defends Tump's crazy tweets on the Muslim ban. Laura Ingraham says Trump needs less tweets. Alex Jones has a new Hijab theory and your calls and IMs and your calls and IMs.

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

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Michigan land bank manager resigns after recording of him surfaces of saying "n*ggers" don't pay their bills.

Ben Mankiewicz of the Young Turks and TCM (@BenMank77) joins us today. The anxiety of the Trump era. GOP's 2018 strategy of fighting the media. Why the current media environment may never improve. Ben recommends the film, "Hell or High Water."

On the fun half - Theresa May just might get toppled by Jeremy Corbyn, how austerity hurts national security, Sinclair Broadcasting's chief propagandist makes his debut, Michael Tracy accuses Maxine Waters of shoving him, what's going on with Qatar? and your calls and IMs!

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Jimmy Dore promotes conspiracy theories and Sam debunks them.

Cliff Schecter explains why Trump's resentment and insecurity is behind stepping out of the Paris Accords. Why movement conservatives and Bannon's politics are all about anger and resentment at all times. The United States falls back in the world and everyone else takes global warming seriously and all of the ways Trump and the Republicans are screwing America and the world.

Andy Kindler talks about waring on Twitter. Dennis Miller whines about Robert DeNiro and makes a Taxi Driver reference. Is Dennis Miller having a breakdown? Adam Carolla is making an incredibly stupid documentary. Jerry Seinfeld not funny and Andy has a new podcast.

On The Fun Half: Scott Pruitt references New York Times anti climate science writer Bret Stephens. Fighting inside the Left. Macron calls out Trump and your calls and IMs.

Cast: Sam Seder @samseder, Michael Brooks @_michaelbrooks, Matt Lech, @mattlech

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Julie Ott, a Professor of Capitalist Studies at the New School, explains capital gains tax cuts and the push for inequality. How and why the tax code favors investors over workers. The ACA and capital gains. The racial inequality built into lower capital gains rates. Capital gains cuts and racism and the southern roots of the policy. Why private investors don't drive innovation and the roots of the Laffer Curve myth and the financial myths that continue to feed mass inequality.

On The Fun Half: Why students protest on college campuses. The ongoing crisis in Brazil. Nigel Farage is a "person of interest" in the Russia probe and he stopped by Fox & Friends to complain about Kathie Griffen. ICE deportations and the broadening bigotry under the Trump Administration. Rick Santorum says the sun is not reliable and your calls and IMs.

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

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Corey Pein (@coreypein), independent journalist and host of The Baffler's 'News from Nowhere' podcast. Where the idea the killer identified as a Bernie supporter came from. How best to characterize the killers ideology as a fascism adapting itself to the 21st century. How fascists are co-opting the sloppy "free speech" arguments. Mainstream journalists' lack of experience with actual white supremacists.

On the fun half - Conservatives have jingogasm over Mad Dog Mattis boast, State Department secretary gets mind blown by question over US hypocrisy over Saudi Arabia and Iran, Chris Hayes goes off on lying Gianforte spokeskid Shane Scanlon, and your calls and IMS.

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Yale historian Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, explains his understanding of totalitarian regimes. How do institutions and democracies fall apart. Trump's fascist impulse. Terrorism and justification for unrelated things. Differences and similarities and historical examples. What Trump and Hitler share in common. Why we should not obey in advance. The importance of not relying on institutions to protect us. What is providing a check on Trump. Loyalty over law and fascism and how do we get out of the crisis?

On The Fun Half: Fareed Zakaria talks nonsense about conservatives on college campuses. Middle Schoolers don't want to be seen in a picture with Paul Ryan.Is Trump's support shrinking? Bernie Sanders interrogates Mick Mulvaney and your calls and IMs.

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

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Macron again out-gestures Trump in Brussels.

Violence-prone Greg Gianforte wins special election in Montana. What the loss means for Democrats going forward. Democrats need to go negative. Confirmation that Jared Kushner is under FBI investigation. What Trump's derision of NATO signifies.

On the fun half - Dems need to not be afraid smear Republicans, Corbyn closes in on May and says the War on Terror is not working, the natsec-deferential 4th Circuit surprisingly blocks Trump's muslim ban, Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone suggest people are getting high on food stamps, Ben Carson thinks poverty is a mindset.

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Journalist David Dayen discusses Republican Congressional candidate Rob Gianforte's assault of a reporter. Will progressive candidate Rob Quest make an upset in Montana? Why Gianforte lost it over the new CBO score for the Republicans healthcare plan. The CBO documents the endless failures and cruelties of the Republican healthcare bill. Is GOPCare in trouble in the Senate? Why the "choir" matters in politics. Will Democrats go populist and talk about monopolies and anti trust policies? Sinclair Broadcasting and monopolies. Jess Sessions lied on his security clearance form. Why Trump did not need to obstruct justice because the powerful don't face the legal system in modern America. Arthur Anderson, the Obama Administration and the creation of to big to jail.

On The Fun Half: Trump is a jerk, Mitch Landrieu gets real about why confederate monuments need to come down. What Trumpcare will do to healthcare in this country. Betsy DeVos is a danger to the nation's children. A racist outburst in Arkansas. Rush Limbaugh rambles about the future of Fox News.

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Mike Hanna, (@mjahanna) freelance presenter and former bureau chief for CNN in Jerusalem. What is unprecedented about Trump's decision to make his first trip abroad to "the world's great religions." What's happening inside Iran as the crucial context for middle-eastern prospects for peace. Trump's obvious natural affinity for authoritarian leaders.

On the fun half - John Podhoretz not sure if Michael Brooks is as bad as the holocaust, Hannity continues to melt down over the Seth Rich story, Trump talks cavalierly about nuclear war, the Trump admin dances with swords, a CIA agent says Trey Gowdy should get his ass kicked, and your calls and IMs!

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Trump budget goon Mick Mulvaney wants you to spare some compassion for high-earning taxpayers. Trump cuts social security. The end is nigh for Dodd-Frank. More intel officials give testimony unhelpful to for Trump. Bernie campaigns in Montana for Rob Quist.

On the fun half: Trump bumbles his way through the middle-east (and Israel), on capitalism vs socialism in America, Wisconsin voter suppression dealt setback in court, and your calls and IMs.

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Today, Steven Hahn, professor of history at NYU, on his new history of 19th century american empire-building, "A Nation Without Borders: The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910." Mexico and the Mississippi River valley as important and overlooked centers of 19c imperial power. How imperialism favored by slaveholders and apologists worked well with limited-government philosophies. American capitalism's development, alongside the state, following the civil war. The trans-Mississippi West and post-emancipation South as "imperial proving grounds" for American state capitalism. Why socialism was big in states like Texas, Oklahoma, and in the midwest.

On the fun half - Are democrats ready to ride single-payer to victory? Trump dances and curtsies in Saudi Arabia, HR McMaster blows some more of his integrity, Wilbur Ross gives creepy defense of "liberalizing" Saudi regime, Anderson Cooper said Jeffrey Lord would defend Trump pooping on his desk.

 

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Did President Erdogan order his bodyguards beat protestors in Washington DC?

Cliff Schecter celebrates the death of the very awful Roger Ailes. Shep Smith cries over Roger Ailes. How Ailes damaged the country and led the way to Trump. Fox News and damaging America with propaganda. Republicans don't know anything about the healthcare bill that they passed. Why Republicans don't know how to govern. Will Republicans lose the House? And the always awful Joe Lieberman, might be the next director of the FBI.

Judy Gold, reviews the rules for meeting with Trump for foreign heads of state. Jared Kushner is the worst. Donald Trump whines and denies criminal wrongdoing. What Judy is up to. Is Lawrence out at MSNBC? And debating the MSNBC lineup and the future of media.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump, Rob Ford and Russia. The potential Pence disaster. Elizabeth Warren grills Steve Mnuchin on a "21st century Glass Steal bill". and your calls and IMs.

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

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Roger Ailes is dead! Fox & Friends mourns his loss.

Sarah Jones (@onesarahjones), social media editor at the New Republic, joins us to talk about the terrible political mix that constitutes the New York Times editorial department. How the hiring of Bret Stephens is symptomatic of the New York Times lack of political imagination. Sarah's critique of Hillary apologies like Susan Bordo's "The destruction of Hillary Clinton" and "Lean-In" feminism.

On the fun half - On Chelsea Clinton's merit, Jake Tapper hits Trump for pity party, John Kelly tells Trump to stab the press, is capitalism to thank for technology, Chomsky says Bernie woulda won.

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Donald Trump told James Comey, that he hoped that "he could let this go" with regards to the investigation of Flynn. James Comey is releasing information on Trump. Are we close to impeachment or removal from office? Why there is more information coming from Comey. Putin offers to release a transcript of Trump's meeting with Russian officials. Secretary Tillerson, wants none of it. Did Trump out an Israeli intelligence operative who is undercover with ISIS. Mitch MCconnell, does not care if Trump revealed intelligence,  Ross Douthat's bizarre defense of Trump's criminality and Donald Trump whines about how he is being treated.

On The Fun Half: California charter schools win. Philadelphia elects a very progressive DA. Jesse Waters, in an extremely stupid way downplays the Comey scandal. Tucker Carlson's hilarious non-coverage of the election story. Donald Trump plagiarizes Legally Blond. Erdogan's bodyguards attack protestors in Washington DC and your calls and IMS.

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:52pm EDT

Kimberley Phillips-Fein, a Professor of Individualized Study at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University and author of Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics, explains when New York City was a middle class city and the City of New York system. The rise of New York's public sector and the political movements of the sixties. When the stock exchange considered leaving New York. Borrowing and austerity. Allen Greenspan, Donald Rumsfeld and Donald Trump and the destruction of New York. New York's bankruptcy and the shock doctrine across public services. Why New York is now plutocrat paradise and why austerity and destroying public value is an anti democratic policy choice.

On The Fun Half: General McMaster, spins for Trump on sharing classified with Russia. Joe and Mika call out "conservative hucksters". Oprah gives Ivanka Trump a pr opportunity. Mike Huckabee goes crazy with some bad music in the background. Donald Trump reveals once again that he is a massive sociopath. Random Rush. Dave Rubin is very stupid and your calls and IMs.

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

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

ND's Kevin Cramer gets humiliated by constituent stuffing cash in his lapel.

Today, author Steve Keen joins us to talk about his book, "Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis?" Why economist Hyman Minsky was asking the right questions about the Great Depression. Classical economics finance blind spot. Capitalism's boom-bust cycle. Modern monetary theory. Why Germany is seemingly immune from these private debt level issues.

On the fun half - Gregg Popovich blasts "Game Show" Donald Trump, Joe and Mika throw KellyAnne Conway under the bus, Nikki Haley calls Trump the CEO of America, North Carolina Republicans are still racist, right-wing nutjobs, and Rep Rodney Frelinghuysen of NJ gets a bank employee fired for being anti-Trump.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT

Stay focused on Paul Ryan and Mitch McDonnell who enable Donald Trump. Alex Jones has vital new intelligence on Donald Trump and Tim Allen.

Cliff Schecter, explains the latest stages of the Donald Trump mess and why Democrats are finally pressing Republicans and feeling emboldened. Why Democrats need to make it impossible for Republicans to govern. Congressman Tom MacArthur, is confronted for his horrific vote and role in crafting healthcare repeal. Why Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell need to relentlessly attacked by Democrats. Donald Trump admits to obstructing justice Why Trump is not smart and why the Trump team can't get their Comey story straight.

Film Guy Matthew Weiss, explains his new behind the scenes documentary. What's new with Matthew. Did Sam plan his Binder joke? The Big Fall signed by Sam is available on eBay. Donald Trump talks about Citizen Kane and Matthew tells us to watch, W.R. Mysteries of Organism.

Bigotry in South Pedro island. Donald Trump is crazy. A new Trump scandals and your calls and IMs.

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

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm EDT

Journalist Marcy Wheeler, explains the evolving nature of the Trump and Russia scandal. Jared Kushner's meetings with the Russians. The endless conflicts of interest in the Trump Administration. Sally Yates and "team Trump". Did Mike Flynn think he was protected by Kushner? Why Trump's sketchy business background makes him look incompetent. Flynn's quest for immunity. What precipitated the firing of Comey? Is Jared Kushner in the crosshairs of a criminal investigation? Al Franken's questioning and why Trump wouldn't want to fire Mike Flynn. The importance of Jeff Sessions lies about meeting with the Russian ambassador. How we should treat possible criminal actions by the Trump organization and are we about to face another round of leaks?

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump claims he always intended to fire James Comey. Donald Trump meets with Henry Kissinger. Bernie or Bust Bill Clinton returns. Betsy DeVos gets bood off stage. A voter wants to know what the difference is between private employees and public officials making healthcare choices. New Orleans takes down the statues of traitors like Jefferson Davis. South Padro Island has a lot of racist white people. Right Wing Mandela calls out snowflakes. Is Trump close to impeachment? Trump's new fraudulent push on "voter fraud" and your calls and IMs.

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

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Journalist Dan Froomkin explains the bizarre way that Trump fired Comey. The legitimate reasons for firing Comey. What Sally Yates revealed that probably led to the firing of James Comey. The FBI investigation into Russia and Trump is heating up. How the Republicans have become Trumps lacks. Will Republicans ever not back Trump. Would Republicans prefer a President Pence. Do Republicans like the distraction from what they are trying to do to healthcare and why we expect more leaks.

Jeffrey Tobin calls out the absurdity of the Rod Rosenstein memo and the idea that Trump fired James Comey over the Hillary Clinton press conference.

Journalist and writer Luke Savage, explains what the West Wing reveals about a certain liberal type in America. Why the West Wing has grown to be more than a tv show. Why the West Wing presents an idealized and empty view of politics. Decoding the West Wing to understand the fallacies of the Obama Administration and liberalism. "Smart v dumb" politics. The loss of class politics in the Democratic Party. The Thirqd Way and debate society politics and what actually motivates voters and what Democrats need for real opposition.

On The Fun Half: Dumdum Left idiocy. Russia's Foreign Minister trolls reporters hard. Chuck Schumer starts to put pressure on Mitch McDonnell. The Senate votes down a Trump reversal of Obama era methane rules. Bernie or Bust Bill Clinton calls out the Majority Report. Diane Feinstein indicates that Senators have seen evidence of Russian collusion with Trump. Mike Pence oddly defends the Comey firing. Jeffrey Toobin, calls out Trump for a "grotesque abuse of power" in firing Comey. Sally Yates destroys John Cornyen and Ted Cruz. Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Comey committed "atrocities" and your calls and IMs.

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:48pm EDT

Steven A. Cook (@StevenACook) on his book "False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East." Why celebrations of Turkish democracy turned out to be premature. Why the enthusiasm for Libya was equally misplaced.

Then, Avi Asher-Schapiro (@AASchapiro) on his Intercept piece, "As Uber Probes Sexual Harassment At Its Offices, It Overlooks Hundreds Of Thousands Of Female Drivers."

On the fun half - Franken suggests Flynn not the only one who's been secretive about meeting with members of the Russian government, Iowa Rep Rod Blum hates his life as a congressman, and your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:46pm EDT

Donald Trump is leaving the Paris Accords and what climate change is really about for the Right. Emmanuel Macron wins big in France, but record numbers of abstentions. Syria policy failures and fascist movements. Republicans need to gut healthcare to subsidize tax cuts. Raul Labrador says people don't die because they don't have healthcare. All of the Republicans lies about slashing healthcare. John Faso lies to a voter about not taking away her healthcare. Democratic Congressman offers to do a Townhall in Faso's district and National Review writer goes next level stupid.

On The Fun Half: Republican tells lobbyists behind the scenes that he backs healthcare repeal, while saying he isn't sure in public. Good news for Democrats and voting rights in Georgia. Matthew Dowd says we might need to think about single payer. Young people drawn to fascism in France. And your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:34pm EDT

Measles outbreaks in America because of anti vaxxer activism.

Political strategist Cliff Schecter, explains the relevance of the GOP moving toward blowing up one sixth of our economy. Fake moderates and how the bill passed. Why people with preexisting conditions might be in even more dangerous position after this bill passed. Why big employers are going to be able to hurt the quality of employee care. Why subsidies will be cut for plans that cover abortion services. The ruthless attack on Medicade. How the bill saves Social Security money by killing people off. What happens next in the Senate? Will the Senate pass it the bill? Why the bill is a massive tax cut for the rich. What was the political calculus behind the Republican "moderates" passing the bill? And will Democrats benefit politically from retirements and and open seats?

On The Fun Half:Republican Congressmen didn't read the repeal bill. Tom Perriello runs anti Trumpcare ad. Chris Cillizza writes an incredibly stupid column. Blue state republicans and healthcare. How Republicans will destroy Medicade. Trump says Australia,has better healthcare than America and Bernie Sanders agrees. Republican Senator exploits Jimmy Kimmel and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:41pm EDT

Republicans move to strip healthcare from millions.

New Yorker staff writer and author of Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street, Sheelah Kolhatkar, explains the history of hedge funds and what they contribute and don't contribute to the economy. Why hedge funds get away with paying incredibly low taxes. How hedge funds, helped warp the economic cycle. Who is Stevan Cohen and why his criminal conduct matters. What was suspicious about Steve Cohen's trading? How Cohen's criminal conduct was discovered. The failed drug innovation that Cohen profited from. How Steven Cohen got away with it? And why the government didn't bring a criminal case against Cohen.

On The Fun Half: revisiting the voting for lesser of two evils debate. Patrick Leahy questions James Comey on the New York FBI's office and helping the Trump campaign. Al Franken wants to know if bigots across the country are encouraged by Steve Bannon being Trump's chief strategist. Code Pink activist is convicted of a crime for laughing at Jeff Sessions. Police abuses under Jeff Sessions and your calls and IMs.

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:36pm EDT

Journalist Jeff Spross, explains why Trump while lying talked more about jobs than Hillary Clinton. What is a public jobs option. Employing people for social good. The job guarantee and the living wage. Why private employment would be better with a public option. Why recessions will be less violent with a job guarantee. Will a public job option hurt teen workers? How much would a public job option cost? Why this program makes more sense than universal basic income and who supports a public jobs option in Congress?

On The Fun Half: the problem with Jimmy Kimmel's healthcare statements. Matt Lewis's absurd attack on Jimmy Kimmel. Why Republicans can't repeal the affordable care act. Chris Cuomo schools Paul Ryan. Mick Mulvaney tries and fails to spin the budget. James Comey justifies interfering in the election. The pro confederate propaganda industry.

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

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Daniel Ziblatt, a Professor of government at Harvard University and author of Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy, explains what classes need to give up power in order for democracy to flourish. How did classical conservatives come to accept democracy? The invention of the conservative political party. Conceding democracy but not conceding power. Why stable center-right parties might be essential for democracy. Lessons from Egypt on preserving democracy. How to deal with old regimes in transitions to democracy. Trump and Republican commitment to democracy. What conservatives in the 19th century in Germany and Britain discovered about appealing to voters on non economic grounds. Is spin good for democracy? And the institutions that are needed to maintain democracy.

On The Fun Half: Satirizing Obama and satirizing Trump. Trump and the danger of war. No Donald Trump's crazy view of the civil war is not unique to him. Democrats win the the budget? Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks blames people with pre-existing conditions. Jimmy Kimmel issues a moving call for universal healthcare and what he misses. Alex Jones loses custody and your calls and IMs.

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:52pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 2:36pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:20pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:08pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 2:30pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm EDT

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:26pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 2:21pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:13pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 2:20pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Direct download: 03-01-17-Sam_Seder-Pub.mp3
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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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Direct download: 02-28-17-Sam_Seder-Pub.mp3
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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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The Majority Report is on vacation from it's live show. Here's a sample new episode of 2 Dope Boys and a Podcast produced by Majority.FM!

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.”

“Racial Progress Is Real. But So Is Racist Progress.” NY Times Magazine
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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.

Direct download: 02-22-17-Stephen_Kinzer-Pub.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 02-21-17-Rebecca_Spang-Pub.mp3
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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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Direct download: 02-17-17-Cliff_Schecter-PUB.mp3
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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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Direct download: 02-16-17-David_Dayen-PUB.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 02-15-17-Wosny_Lambre-PUB.mp3
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