The Majority Report with Sam Seder

12/2/15

Freelance journalist Brandon Smith explains the story behind the release of the Laquan Mcdonald murder video. The erased Burger King video and was there a systemic Police coverup. Why the Mcdonald killing is emblematic of Police killings of African Americans across Chicago. Will the other officers on the scene be criminally investigated?

Micah Uetricht an Associate Editor of In These Times explains the dark role of State's Attorney for Cook County Anita Alvarez in pressing charges against Jason Van Dyke. The broader history of the Chicago PD's abuse of African Americans. The political interests of Rahm Emanuel and will there be a federal investigation of Chicago Police? Why Mayor Emanuel's new oversight board will probably not lead to real reform. Did Mayor Emanuel block the release of the video to save his reelection campaign? The killing of Rekia Boyd and are Anita Alvarez and are Rahm Emanuel in political danger.

On The Fun Half: Tween conservative story leaves the movement. Eric Bolling is incredibly stupid and he has his own 9/11 conspiracy. Steve Doocy also backs Donald Trump's Muslim smearing. New Atheist bullshit leads to horrible things. Also your calls and IMs.

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12/1/15

Journalist David Dayen explains how monopolies and duopolies are harming public health and setting back innovation. Where is the incentive for companies to deliver better products in monopoly markets. The Boston Tea Party and the history of Antitrust laws. How disruptive technologies can lead to monopolies. Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson's differing responses to monopolies. The Golden Era of Antitrust and Robert Bork's war against Antitrust laws. Antitrust in the Amazon driven economy and why we need an Antitrust movement.

On The Fun Half: Why "Black on Black" crime is a garbage argument. The systemic abuse of the Chicago Police. Donald Trump wants money to show up at the next debate. and your calls and IMs.

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11/30/15

HuffPostLive Host and Producer Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani, explains how Republican rhetoric creates a context for American terrorism. The attacks on Planned Parenthood and the lack of accountability for demonizing women's health providers. Is Turkey backing Isis? The incoherence of the West's Syria policy and what wold coherence look like.

On The Fun Half: Republicans start calling Donald Trump a fascist but still might vote for them. World leaders meet to discuss the climate crisis in Paris and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:22pm EST

11/25/15

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The New York Times, Charlie Savage, discusses his new book Power Wars: Inside Obama's Post-9/11 Presidency. Savage explains how Obama has persued many of the same National Security policies as the Bush Administration all the while putting the policies on a more secure legal footing. Savage also delineates the differing objections to many of the Bush post 9-11 policies and why some on the left feel betrayed by Obama on civil liberties.

And for members only an interview with Senator Bernie Sanders on the Patriot Act from the Air America days in 2005!

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11/24/15

Kathryn Olmsted, the Chair of the History Department at the University of California Davis and author of Right Out of California: the 1930s and the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism explains the surprising California roots of modern Republican politics. The plutocrat reaction to FDR and how the California agriculture industry helped spread modern conservatism.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump advisor knows he would get beaten up if he went to a Black Church. CNN takes Muslim baiting to a new extreme. Glenn Greenwald calls out CNN for war mongering and your IMs.

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11/23/15

Linsey McGoey, lecturer in Sociology at the University of Essex  and author of No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy, explains the hidden history of philanthropy.

The relationship between great wealth and structural reform. Why did Andrew Carnegie and other plutocrats believe in charity. The faulty assumption that wealth isn't supported by government. How much money does the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation actually give? Is philanthropy feeding inequality. When charity becomes R&D. Grants and avoiding taxes. Do companies need charity? And what sort of results are the Gates Foundation having on education and global health.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump pushes the Muslims in New Jersey cheered conspiracy theory. Why the mainstream media still can't deal with Donald Trump and what he represents. Black Lives Matter protester attacked at a Trump rally. Donald Trump wants water boarding and calls Jeb Bush weak. New Atheists and magical thinking and your IMs.

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11/20/15

Cliff Schecter explains the sickening decision of the Republican House's move to block Syrian refugees. The mainstreaming of anti Islamic policies and rhetoric. Donald Trump is a bigot and the Republican frontrunner. Chuck Schumer is a problem. What is Hillary Clinton's foreign policy? Clinton opposes demonizing Islam. The Libyan intervention and learning from foreign policy failures. Bernie Sanders calls out American backed coups. The unfolding crisis in Africa. Bernie Sanders follows in FDR's footsteps and calls for economic freedom and Bernie Sanders explains why we need Medicare for all.

Isabel Gillies talks about menopause, New Kelly is starstruck. When is Isabel's next book coming out? Looking back on Star Wars. Getting your kids into a good high school? And Isabel tells us to watch The Great British Baking Show.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump proposes fascist style Muslim tracking program. John Kasich Super PAC launches stupid campaign against Donald Trump. Donald Trump destroys Kasich on Twitter and your calls and IMs.

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11/19/15

Janeane Garofalo finally watched the Hunger Games. The way to avoid family political fights.  What type of Republican is Janeane. Why we should have limited travel for Ben Carson supporters. Is this country less right wing than people think? Why the press is still dumb. Can Bernie Sanders get elected President? President Obama calls out fear mongering on refugees and Ted Cruz is pathetic.

On The Fun Half: We are not bankrupt. Janeane is not interested in debating conservative callers. There is no liberal media in the mainstream. Also your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:55pm EST

11/18/15

Yousef Munayyer the Executive Director of End the Occupation explains the core dynamics that need to be addressed in order to destroy ISIS. The lessons we need to learn from the Iraq invasion. Why endless Occupation does not work. Addressing the Saudi Iran proxy war. The nature of the Assad regime. How the West and Russia are getting pushed together in Syrian policy. Why partition won't work and the regional solution that would secure Syria and Iraq.

On The Fun Half: Jeb Bush knows how to tell who is and isn't Christian. John Kasich wants to create a new government agency that would spread Judeo-Christian propaganda across the world. Ben Carson has no idea what he's talking about. Jeb Bush is so unpopular. Does the left have a "Islam problem" and your calls and IMs.

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

What are the different types of Islamist politics. Saudi and Iranian politics. The distinctions between Sunni and Shia Islamic movements and the flaws in Western foreign policy.

On The Fun Half: Sam Harris responds to the Paris attacks and we respond to him, Louie Gohmert says that the ISIS leader has a PHD in Islam so he knows what Islam is and your calls and IMs.

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