The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Karen Piper, the author of The Price of Thirst: Global Water Inequality and the Coming Chaosexplains why the United Nations didn't recognize water as a basic human right until 2010 and why Corporations came to support the water resolution. The South African corporate driven water crisis and the public health crisis it led to. Private water companies and why states and cities are beginning to water as money. The three reasons behind the decrease in clean water. Why the corporate sector likes water pollution and why climate change will create more salt water. California and the new strategy of "water banking". Water "rights" and the creepy inequality of the future. Why we need to redesign modern agriculture and promote organic food to help reverse the water crisis. Did the water crisis in the Middle East lead to the creation of ISIS? And why the corporate sector is excited to make money of water shortages.

On The Fun Half: President Obama pushes for Police to wear cameras as part of a larger package of smart policing reforms and Saint Louis Police claims the Rams VP Operations apologized to them for Rams players came out with the "hands up don't shoot" gesture and the VP denies it. Joe Scarborough makes an ass of himself talking about Michael Brown. The World Food Program is facing a sixty four million dollar shortfall in providing food vouchers for Syrian refugees, meanwhile billions were spent on Iraq's "ghost army" that included 50,000 people that didn't exist and your calls and IMs.

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The terror of being a black male in America, protesters rally at the Macy's Day Parade, local news covers the protest in the most stupid way possible, the Obama Cabinet meets on Ferguson, Saint Louis Rams players go out on the field with the "hands up don't shoot" gesture, Cops complain. We ask what part of right wing media will Darren Wilson end up in? Breaking down how absurd it is that Wilson wasn't charged with murder.  Cleveland Police shoot and kill thirteen year old Tamir Brown who was holding a toy gun. Rudy Giuliani wants us to put all of this killing "into context". Congress considers an awful tax deal and the White House kills it. Chuck Schumer is right on government, wrong on healthcare and shady on housing.

On The Fun Half: is New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's right to ban Horse drawn carriage rides in the city? Elizabeth Lauten fired from her job as a Communications Director for Congressman Steven Fincher fired for insulting Malia and Sasha Obama. Why wages are wages stagnate while job growth is increasing? and your calls and IMs.

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Mychal Denzel Smith a Knobler Fellow at the Nation Institute explains the reaction on the ground in Ferguson to the stunning decision to not press charges against Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown, the juste system and the systemic disregard for black lives, how the Ferguson Police department targets the African American community and why the reform movement will continue.

Zoe Carpenter a Washington DC based reporter for The Nation explains how the government created "stop and frisk for Latinos", why the practice developed in New Orleans, how the pool of "deportable" immigrants was increased by Federal authorities, what undocumented immigrants are and how President Obama's reforms will influence the policy.

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Janeane Garofalo discussed the shocking decision of the Grand Jury night to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, the shocking push of the far right in American society, Grand Juries and Indictments, making the Police a military, the larger race crisis in America, debating Aaron Sorkin, the failures of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, Don Lemon makes a fool of himself again and "to old for this shit" montage.

On The Fun Half: dealing with a father who loves Fox news, Walking Dead  talk, the Garofalo diet, Obamabot relatives, should you argue during Thanksgiving, great Janeane movie lines, doing politics and entertainment and your calls and IMs.

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Director, New Models of Policy Change, New America Senior Fellow Heather Hurlburt explains what led to the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, why Hagel stumbled as a leader of the Pentagon, the internal politics of the Obama White House, why Hagel will stay on even with Administration officials briefing against him, Hagel and the war on ISIS, what the White House look for in a new Defense Secretary, who the next Secretary of Defense will be? Jane Harman, Michele Flournoy, Jim Webb? Did Chuck Hagel overhype the ISIS threat? And why Heather wants Senator Tim Kaine as our next Secretary of Defense.

President Obama commits combat troops to Afghanistan through 2015 and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani allows night raids or "night operations" again and Israel passes a bill defining Israel as a "Jewish State".

On The Fun Half:  Andrew Cuomo won't say what causes global warming, the House Committee Report on Benghazi clears the Obama Administration of wrong doing, Chuck Hagel didn't want a Gitmo detainee released because of a discredited Fox News report, Rudy Giuliani says cops wouldn't have to patrol black neighborhoods because black people kill each other so much and your calls and IMs.

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Political maestro Cliff Schecter explains the vital work of the Ohio Innocence Project, the proving of the innocence of Ricky Jackson who spent thirty nine years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. How Cleveland Police based their work on a made up story of a twelve year old, debunking death penalty myths, helping rebuild Ricky Jackson's life, President Obama's hisc announcement on immigration rights, President Obama's brutal record on deportations, creating a humane policy on immigration, Republicans on immigration reform, the problem with "moderate" Republicans and will the Torture Report get released by the Senate.

 Isabel Gillies explains her work on her next book, Isabel's writing on Halloween and the backlash she faced, managing kids on the Internet, phomo and young people, remebering director Mike Nichols, Isabel takes singing lessons, Isabel performs a song, childrens stories and little girls and Isabel suggested we all watch Rush

On The Fun Half: Uber targets journalists? Bernie Sanders schools CNN on immigration reform and your calls and IMs.

 

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Greisa Martinez a National Field Organizer with United We Dream explains her experience as a Dreamer and the story of how her family came to the United States and her father was deported. How long Greisa's father was in the United States before he was deported and why her family came to America. How families are torn apart by the current immigration system and what "mixed families" are. What its like living under the threat of your family being deported. What is President Obama expected to announce on immigration tonight and will the next President uphold progress on immigration reform. Why grassroots activism and the power of hearing the direct stories of the immigrant community is essential for change and progress.

Sam's frenemy Indy Mike joined us to explain why its so hard to be an "independent" in New York City, debates the merits of President Obama's expected Executive Action on immigration, why President Obama needs to be the "adult in the room", debating Reagan and amnesty and why Indy Mike objects to the process not the goal.

On The Fun Half: why we all have to agree is that the Republican Congress is crazy like at no other time, why the networks aren't carrying President Obama's announcement on Executive Action on immigration, the debate between process and policy with immigration reform, the legality of President Obama's Executive action on immigration, why the mainstream media keeps doing false equivalency, Bill Cosby demands AP not show a section of an interview where he asked a question about rape, Tommy Chong schools Fox's Outnumbered on healthcare, who should deliver broadband and your calls and IMs.

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Naomi Klein author of This Changes Everythingexplains the fundamental organizing reality of the climate crisis and why the "right is right" on what addressing climate will mean for capitalism. Why the left should talk about climate change all the time and why they don't talk about it more. Why the "extraction worldview" allow us to think of ourselves as separate from nature. Why the 1980s were the worst time for establishing a serious policy on climate change. How mainstream environmental groups were compromised by becoming part of the Washington DC game and should we focus on confronting the fossil fuel industry or seriously investing in renewable energy? And defining the movement that needs to be built in order to reverse the climate crisis. 

On The Fun Half CNN's Don Lemon asks Joan Tarshis who has accused Bill Cosby of raping  her why she didn't bit her during oral sex, Bill O'Reilly gets the 2014 War on Christmas going and its the Muslims fault this year, two new move recommendations, Big Star and Beware of Mr. Baker, the Senate rejects Keystone for now, Senate fails to overcome filibuster on NSA reform and your calls and IMs. 

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Slate legal writer Dahlia Lithwick explains the exceptional lack of diversity on the Roberts Court, why the decline of empathy on the Court is reflected in narrow career paths that the Justices share. How movement conservatives shaped the Court in their image and why the left is so timid in response. Shared corporate backgrounds of many Justices and why the sharpest divisions in the Court are on social issues. Is Justice Roberts actually worried about the reputation of the Court? What's happening with the Burwell Case? Justice Alito has a big problem with Dahlia's writing on the Court and do the Justices sometimes decide to please the media? How the Roberts Court keeps moving the ball further to the far right and is this Court bold or timid in its ideological push?

On The Fun Half: turns out Solyndra didn't waste any tax payer money it made money and that's not the point. The real problem with nuclear power. Does the violence of Football reflect our culture and the importance of the Bill Cosby story. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon takes cannot answer if the "Buck Stops" with him over possible reactions to the grand jury findings in the Michael Brown murder case and your calls and IMs.

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ISIS beheads aid worker Peter Kassig, the state of the war on ISIS, how ISIS is consolidating its leadership of global Jihad, why the GOP wants to kill a deal with Iran, the internal politics of Iran, Senator Al Franken makes a excellent case for Net Neutrality and why all innovation is not all positive.

On The Fun Half: the ShirtGate controversy, Megyn Kelly accidentally curses on live TV, possibly name for new Mike Huckabee TV show, Rush Limbaugh is confused by the Bill Cosby rape allegations and wonders why they matter if they supposedly happened years ago. Plus your calls and IMs!

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