The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Mohammad Khan a Senior Policy Associate at the Washington Park Project explains the secretive New York political group behind a new Charter School push. Who is behind Families For Excellent Schools and New Yorkers for a Balanced Albany. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's privatization agenda for public agenda. The Constitutional obligation of free public education and why charters are a trojan horse for destroying public education.

Why Elizabeth Warren won't run for President but will be an incredibly powerful Senator. Elizabeth Warren rips Citibank apart from the Senate floor. Ted Cruz own goals on the Republicans and helps Vivek Murthy get confirmed as Surgeon General. Why Jeb Bush will wage his bound to be a failure Presidential bid.

On The Fun Half: The Congressman you never heard of who inserted the Citibank provision on the Cromnibus, Senator Tom Coburn kills veterans Suicide prevention bill, wrongfully convicted former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman might be released from prison soon, NFL player Andrew Hawkins's moving explanation of why he has spoken up for Tamir Rice and John Crawford and your calls and IMs.

And continue the conversation on our morning thread

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M&M Look at  what caused the Sydney Siege? Religion or mental illness? The amazing Australian #illridewithyou movement, Uber's horrible response to the Sydney Siege. Also Dick Cheney lies on torture and why we needed a truth and reconciliation commission on torture and the rights bizarre new attacks on Net Neutrality.

Fox News distorts anti Police violence protests, shocking new video of Police interrogating John Crawford's girlfriend after killing him and your calls and IMs.

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Political maestro Cliff Schecter joins us to discuss the week in news. Createns come out and justify torture. The crappy CROmnibus. Right wing claim that Democrats actions on spending bill are hypocritical. Sunday marks two year since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Comedian Andy Kindler brings much needed levity to the Friday show. Sony files hacked, racist emails between Rudin and Pascal revealed. The Interview starring James Franco and Seth Rogen a wacky road trip comedy about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Sam Seder is not the starstruck type, unless Woody Allen is in the room. Andy auditioned for The People vs. Larry Flynt. How to alienate friends and destroy business relationships with Sam and Andy. Movie recommendation: Slums of Beverly Hills

On The Fun Half: More on the torture report. Jose Rodriguez on CBS This Morning explains why he destroyed CIA interrogation tapes. CIA unaware of pixelation technique?Hollywood Sadcast. Merits of labor laws and hours in the work week.Nathan from the UK with an update on changes post Scottish referendum vote. Your calls and IMs.

And continue the conversation on our morning thread.

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Stanley Aronowitz, Distinguished Professor in the Ph.D. Program in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Technology, and Work. He is the author of the new book, The Death and Life of American Labor: Toward a New Worker's MovementWhere were the seeds planted for the union movements demise? What role did the Cold War, New Deal, legalization of labor movement, and collective bargaining have in the death of the labor movement. How organizing changed (or didn’t) to keep up with evolving labor force. Impact of the Taft-Hartley Act. Fears of Communism and labor in America. Private pensions. Ten-point manifesto, for a new labor movement.

On The Fun Half: Psychologists James Mitchell & Bruce Jessen made big bucks on torture but they’re not interrogation experts. Editorial in New York Times by Eric Fair an interrogator at Abu Ghraib. Jason in Phoenix tries to take down Sam with every conservative talking point, spoiler alert, he loses.

And continue the discussion on our morning thread.

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Emptywheel's Marcy Wheeler, an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties reacts to the Senate Intelligence Committee's CIA torture report. Torture was ineffective. Detailed shocking abuses. President Obama protecting office of the president. Same authorization used to justify drone strikes. Will CIA Director John Brennan make the appropriate changes?

Rebecca Gordon, Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco and for the university’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. She is the author of  Mainstreaming Torture Ethical Approaches in the Post 9/11 United StatesThe terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 reopened what many people in America had long assumed was a settled ethical question: Is torture ever morally permissible? Within days, some began to suggest that, in these new circumstances, the new answer was "yes." Rebecca Gordon argues that September 11 did not, as some have said, "change everything," and that institutionalized state torture remains as wrong today as it was on the day before those terrible attacks.

On The Fun Half: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker wishes Jewish constituent ‘molotov’ in a letter. 2007 George Tenet interview on 60 Minutes, "we don't torture people." Has the ‘cromnibus’ crashed? Federal Government runs out of money in two days. Talking to your kids about politics. Your calls and IMs.

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Professor Kristen Buras the author of Charter Schools, Race, and Urban Space: Where the Market Meets Grassroots Resistance explains how charter schools took over New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina. Her case study of New Orleans—where veteran teachers were fired en masse and the nation's first all-charter school district was developed—shows that such reform is less about the needs of racially oppressed communities and more about the production of an urban space economy in which white entrepreneurs capitalize on black children and neighborhoods. Check out her debate with Sarah Newell Usdin, founder and CEO, New Schools for New Orleans HERE.

On The Fun Half: The Senate Intelligence Committee releases it's scathing CIA torture report summary. John Brennan still hanging on to the notion that torture saved lives. John McCain gives a laudable speech on the Senate Floor. Anthony Romero of the ACLU has an editorial calling on Obama to pardon all of key players in torture regime. FOX thinks the torture report was released to distract from Obamacare. Random Rush - Limbaugh still the most oppressed. Your calls and IMs.

And keep the conversation going on our morning thread.

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Teaser Monday...As demonstrators continue to protest police brutality nationwide Rush Limbaugh joins FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace to explain how "ungrateful" African Americans are. Limbaugh believes the real outrage in this case is that an American citizen died because of cigarette taxes.

On The Fun Half:  U.S. Rep-elect Glenn Grothman thinks the government is bribing single parents to stay unemployed and unmarried, will we or won't we see the CIA torture report? U.S. hostage rescue attempt in Yemen failed over the weekend, Chief Mark Kessler tells Alan Colmes that his videos were part of undercover government operation to take down anti-government militias, Rolling Stone University of Virginia rape story bad for the magazine and bad for rape victims, is broken windows policing the new stop and frisk? Your calls and IMs.

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Political maestro Cliff Schecter explains the power of national protests of the killing of Eric Garner, why Police abuse of African Americans is standard practice, is this a tipping point? Why DA's should not be overseeing the Police, the Eric Garner murder and possible changes in public opinion, why we need an independent council to oversee cases against Police officers, Rand Paul's stupid response to the killing of Eric Garner, new polling on immigration shows how Republicans have gotten even more crazy and the end of The New Republic?

Film Guy Matthew talks about the success of Teachers Lounge, how Sam launched Matthew's acting career, will Sam ever get on Teachers Lounge? The Sam Marc Maron Show saga continues, why Film Guy Matthew is on a Steve Coogan kick and Matthew told us to watch the Korean film  Spring Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring.

On The Fun Half:  the roots of Police Violence and brutality, New York City Police Officer texts his union rep after shooting young man before radioing for help, is Boyhood worth seeing? And Your IMs.

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The Nation Institutes, Dani McClain reacts to the shocking decision of the New York City Grand Jury decision not to indict the killer of Eric Garner. Why the most important variable is what comes next for the movement against police violence against black youth. Is there an opportunity for a revolutionary moment now? W.E.B. Dubois and understanding police abuse of African Americans. White awareness and blindness. Why white people need to get real and work on addressing the police killing crisis. What policy goals should be pursued and why now is not the time for pessimism.

Also, Ta Nehisi Coates explains the big picture of race, brutality and white supremacy on All In with Chris Hayes.

On The Fun Half: Congressman Peter King blames Eric Garner's death on his "obesity". Officer Daniel Pantaleo waves to a smartphone camera after he killed Eric Garner. Conservatives make insane excuses for the killing of Eric Garner. Forty percent of inmates in New York Cities jails are clinically mentally ill. Also New York bans Stop and Frisk and crime keeps going down. Also the Cleveland Police Officer who murdered Tamir Rice had a history of questionable mental health and your calls and IMs.

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Maya Schenwar, the author of  Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better ,explains why she is a prison abolitionist not a reformist. The Many ways that prison does not work and why focusing on prison allows us to not deal with the real issues. Theories that explain drops in the crime rate. Does lower incarceration rates help lower crime? Prison skills training and discrimination against ex convicts. Find out smart ways other countries are dealing with incarceration and drug addiction. Why we should treat Heroin addiction as a medical problem and not a criminal one. Maya's families experience with the prison system. The horrifying experience of Maya's sister having a child in prison. Why Restorative Justice is the way forward.

On The Fun Half: Republicans want to defund the Department of Homeland Security to protest President Obama's deferred action program for undocumented immigrants, black man stopped by Police for walking with his hands in his pockets, Cleveland Plain Dealer tries to smear Tamir Rice's father and your calls and IMs.

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