The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Journalist Guy Lawson, author of the forthcoming book, Arms and the Dudes: How Three Stoners from Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gunrunners in History, explains how two stoners in Miami Beach who broke into the global arms industry. The stunning realities of the Bush Administration. Insurgencies and arms deals. How the ideology of the Bush Administration led to arms deals with global weapons runners. The Grandmothers in Illinois administrating major arms contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan. How the stoners got into major trouble. Scapegoats in the Bush era from arms to torture. The problem with how the New York Times covered the dudes. When will journalism question the powerful again? Also why power is run on belief systems.

On The Half: Mike Huckabee, in a bizarre outbreaks, says he wish he "felt like women" so he could shower with girls in Middle School. What should we have done in Afghanistan? The experience of transitioning. Also your calls and IMs.

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America's culture of cruel poor shaming reaches new heights with the disgusting new CBS reality show the Briefcase. America's delusional relationship to poverty. What's next for the Patriot Act? Is Rand Paul getting to much credit in the Patriot Act fight? Rush Limbaugh, takes on Caitlyn Jenner.

On The Fun: A caller reports on the cruelest reality show ever. The falling standards of workers in the richest country in the world. Will Bernie Sanders help move the country to the left. Glenn Beck and his crew wants to know if Rick Perry's ending the Texas drought with prayer will help or hurt is presidential election.

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The Nation's Ari Berman, author of the forthcoming Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, explains the new Supreme Court case that will determine the meaning of "one person one vote". Is the Evenwel v. Abbott Case the next conservative rolling back of voting rights? The shrinking of representation in the Evenwel v Abbott. How money in politics is starting to undermine voting rights. The staggering amounts of money that will be spent in the 2016 election. Why the wealthy get the policies they want. Also how a center-left Supreme Court could help reverse this crisis.

On The Fun Half: a report from Kansas on the fanatic governance of Sam Brownback. A stunning new case of poor shaming in New York City targeting public school children. A caller tells us about being raised as a religious homeschooler. Scott Walker says forced ultrasounds are fine because ultrasounds are "cool". Carly Fiorina claims the Chinese aren't creative. Also your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter explains why Dennis Hastert was just indicted. The mystery of who Dennis Hastert was paying hush money to and why. The systemic corruption of Republicans in Congress. Republican suppression and the pull of reactionary politics. Josh Duggar's molestation charges and how the story would be covered if he was African American. Also why the Duggars show has finally been cancelled. Rand Paul's push to sunset the Patriot Act and why some conservatives are getting better on prison reform. The new Quinnipiac poll that has terrible news for Republicans.

Isabel Gillies explains why she is sending her kids off to sumer camp. Mimicking the hormonal behavior of a thirteen year old boy. Isabel's experience as a juror. Also a Isabel tells us to watch the movie Force Majure.

On The Fun Half: A Bizarre call into CSPAN that may shed light on the Dennis Hastert situation. A high School student wants Sam to get him on MSNBC. Rand Paul says blame the Republican hawks for ISIS. Is Donald Trump finally going to run for President? Also your calls and IMs.

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CREDO Action Vice President and Political Director, Becky Bond explains the broad outsider push for reclaiming our civil liberties and allowing sections of the Patriot Act to sunset. The fake reform bill that has moved through the House. Why the politics of the Patriot Act is fluid and why civil liberties can still win. The broader loss of American civil liberties over the last fifteen years. Credo Action's fight against the Medicare cuts that would help fund the TPP. Has the Medicare provision made it even more difficult for Democrats to back Fast Track and TPP.

Wisconsin Congressman, Mark Pocan, explains what his biggest with the Patriot Act are. The corporate giveaways and the undermined standards for labor and the environment. The stunning secrecy of the TPP document. The failure of labor standards to end the murders of labor organizers in Columbia. How TPP undermines regulation and threatens American sovereignty. How passing TPP could lead to Medicare cuts and what the state of play is on Fast Track Authority and TPP.

On The Fun Half: Sam gives a caller advice on what to do next with limited resources in a bad economy. More Global Warming Denial nonsense. Also your IMs.

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The Patriot Act stalls in the Senate. What reforms are in the USA Freedom Act? Bernie Sanders announces he is formally running for President in front of a big crowd in Burlington Vermont. How the media reports and distorts Bernie Sanders. How the delusional mainstream media treats Carly Fiorina seriously and mocks Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders continues to blow minds with his sane tax policies. The Koch Brothers are going to buy a lot of GOP candidates. Marco Rubio says Gay rights are "real and present danger" to religious freedom.

On The Fun Half: Lindsey Graham says that he does not trust the Iranians because he spent a lot of time in the "Pool Rooms". The right's assault on public education. The Left's big win in Alberta Canada. Right Wing Mandela is running for President. Louie Gohmert does not believe that Obama is going to takeover Texas he still blames Obama. And your calls and IMs.

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Journalist Masha Gessen, author of The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, explains the story of the Tsarnaev family and how they arrived in the United States. Tamerlan Tsarnaev's stalled boxing career and the crushed American dreams of the Tsarnaev family. Tamerlan Tsarnaev's interest in far right conspiracies. Terrorism and the opportunity for "belonging". Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hidden spiral that no one seemed to notice. Why Dzhokhar's defense failed and all of the questions that are still unanswered. Was Tamerlan a FBI informant? Also the FBI's odd role in the Boston Marathon investigation.

On The Fun Half: The poison pill that could kill TPP. Could an anti human trafficking provision destroy the "most progressive" trade deal ever. An Alex Jones fan calls in to debate Libertarianism. Also your calls and IMs.

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Medicare cuts to fund part of TPP and CREDO Action responds. Cliff Schecter explains Lindsey Graham's latest melodrama. The new Iraq invasion history re-writing. The lies that led to the invasion of Iraq. The major lies that led to the Iraq invasion. Why President Obama's not holding people criminally accountable allows for the re-writing of history. Holding Democrats accountable for voting for the Iraq invasion. Jeb Bush says accepting the scientific reality of climate change is "arrogant". The religious dog whistle in Jeb's demented stance. Also is Jeb already out of it.

Barry Crimmins and Sam remember the Boston comedy scene. Understandings Barry's unique relationship to stand up comedy. Why are progressives comedians called political and reactionaries are considered "fun". The time Barry Crimmins wouldn't shake Henry Kissinger's hand. Where you can see the Bobcat Goldthwait directed, documentary Call Me Luckyabout Barry's story as a victim of sexual abuse and evolution as a human rights activists. How Barry Crimmins took on AOL's profiting from child pornography. Barry's quest to get excommunicated and The Church's systemic coverage of abuse.

On The Fun Half: An amazing Libertarian caller wants to debate Reddits new anti harassment rule and devolves from there. We also have a global warming "skeptic" caller. Also your IMs.

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The Nation's John Nichols explains the power and importance of Bernie Sanders push for debt free college. Why progressive politics means creative politics. Can Hillary be progressive. Why fighting austerity is the defining question. Also why the TPP is all about corporate power and 1980s economic thinking.

Why Jade Helm the new far right conspiracy that won't  won't go.

On The Fun Half: George W Bush's CIA briefer admits the Administration hyped intelligence on Iraq. Bernie Sanders shocks Wolf Blitzer. Republicans want Obama to be nice to Saudi Arabia. Also Rafael Cruz has some new craziness. Also your calls and IMs.

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LA makes a major step towards a living wage as the city moves to raise wages to $15 an hour. The success of the Fast Food workers strikes and the grassroots push for a living wage across the United States. What raising the minimum wage means for most workers. Medicare cuts are going to help fund the TPP. Will this help the Democrats to get more aggressive against Obama's awful trade agenda. Elizabeth Warren is right on the trade deal says someone who actually read the bill.

On The Fun Half: Sam talks with Luis Lang a former Republican, whose experience of not being able to pay his medical bills led him to support progressive healthcare polices and leave the Republican Party. Wisconsin Senator, Ron John says he sort of trusts the Supreme Leader of Iran more than Obama. Hillary Clinton takes on the Hillary Heroin crisis. Bernie Sanders maybe going towards legal weed. Remembering Malcolm X's radicalism and how it relates to Harry Reid going after the Koch brothers. And your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 05-20-15-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:18pm EST