The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Ian Millhiser joins Sam for a special episode to discuss the legal and political ramifications of the death of Antonin Scalia.

For Members: Foreshadowing the current GOP dumpster fire, Glenn Greenwald joined Sam and Janeane a decade ago on February 12, 2006 to discuss the ideological rift forming in the GOP.

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Cliff Schecter reflects on how disheartening the 2008 Democratic Primary. Sam and Cliff gloat about the failure of Chris Christie. Chris Christie a failure of media vetting. Why Christie is the worst. Why John Kasich is a radical right and anti women candidate. Why the Republicans Party is all about resentment. Marco Rubio implodes and Sam and Michael called it. Who won the Hillary Bernie debate? How Clinton can sharpen her message.

Marc Maron joins us possibly from his bathroom. Maron describes the new phones set up in his house in anticipation of Obama's visit. Was 2015 the best year of Marc Maron's life? Maron reflects on the experience of getting somewhere. Will Sam and Marc ever work together again? Tension with Joe Rogan? Maron's resentments and how Marc relates to Bernie Sanders.

Hillary Clinton's confused foreign policy stance and your IMs.

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Jennifer Mittelstadt an Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University and author of The Rise of the Military Welfare State explains the social welfare state of the United States Military. The end of the draft and the free market makeover of the military. How the draft became politically impossible at the end of the Vietnam era. The challenges of a all volunteer military service. (10:10)

General Westmoreland and Milton Freidman debate the draft. The growth of Military benefits and the difference between the all volunteer army and the GI era. The class and gender dimensions of the military welfare state. The United States and the social welfare state. How social welfare is a military comparative advantage and how the Military hid the nature of its welfare state. (22:00)

On The Fun Half: Jeb Bush told to stop talking at Rotary Rotary luncheon. Voter disenfranchisement and the Democratic primary. Bernie Sanders and the African American vote. Ted Cruz launches a shrewd attack on Donald Trump. Alex Jones liberal women love Jihadis. One last occupier in Oregon threatens to kill himself and your calls and IMs.

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Ken Ken & Ken take over. The Huffington Post's Ryan Grim joins us with his libturd bullshit. The K team schools Chris Matthews. Donald Trump Jr. is awesome and Random Hartmann.

How many people will Clinton kill if she is elected President and your calls and IMs.

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Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi and Sam discuss Donald Trump calling Ted Cruz a "pussy". Why Donald Trump is a good campaigner. John Kasich doing well in New Hampshire is bad for the Republican establishment and why that is goo for Trump. What's the problem with Marco Rubio besides being a robot. How Trump has remade the Republican Primary. Trump's anti PC angle. How is Trump's ground game. The real issue with Hillary's Wall Street speeches. Is the public starting to wake up to how corporate power is ruining America? And the weak Republican bench. (10:45)

The MR staff predictions for the New Hampshire results.

On The Fun Half: A libertarian caller wants fascism. The depths of Libertarian insanity. Does Donald Trump have policies ideas? The Marcobot strikes again. Ted Cruz epically prank. Fox News freaks out on Beyonce's Halftime show and your calls and IMs.

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On today's show the South African freedom fighter and former Minister of Intelligence Ronnie Kasrils joins us to talk about the new film project London Recruits and the current state of South Africa.

-Using activism to break the silence of the police state. How the activists were able to maintain their cover as tourists. Denny Schecter’s expression of humanity by helping black cleaners mop up. (6:00)

-Smuggling pamphlets and leaflets into South Africa and using stunts to get people’s attention with messages of liberation. “London Recruits,” as a project of internationalism and the importance of the film. (22:20)

-Kasrils’ critique of the ANC. The achievement of toppling Apartheid. Kasrils’ belief they could have asked for more concessions especially on the economic front. The need for to challenge the current ANC from the left. Kasrils’ perspective on the Israel-Palestine conflict as reminiscent of apartheid. (35:00)

And on the fun half: GOP debate recap, Christie makes Marco Robio malfunction, Trump makes Cruz look totally weak, Bill Clinton attacks Sanders, and your calls and IMs!

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It's casual friday and Cliff Schecter explains why Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders pound on each other in last night's debate. How big of a deal are Hillary Clinton's Goldman Sachs speeches? Was Bernie Sanders a flop on foreign policy?. Why the Sanders campaign is focused on the wrong part of the Goldman Sachs speech controversy? Clinton's corporate connections are a problem. The time Elizabeth Warren explained Hillary Clinton's reversal on the bankruptcy bill. Where Hillary Clinton is failing in her attack on Bernie's  gun record. How much does foreign policy matter in the Democratic Primary? And Hillary's disturbing reference to Henry Kissinger. (13:00)

Film Matthew Weiss talks like Trump now as well. The uncomfortable closeups in the Democratic debate. The Film Guy's new project. Matthew's beef with Just Coffee. Jeb Bush was probably abused by Barbara Bush and Matthew says we should watch The Firm and read Alice Miller's Drama of the Gifted Child. (57:30)

On The Fun Half: The Democrats show some unity. Should Bernie Sanders being talking about the military industrial complex? Jeb Bush tries to sound hard.

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Susan Eaton Director of the Sillerman Center at the Heller School at Brandeis University and author of Integration Nation Immigrants, Refugees, and America at Its Best explains the distinction between integration and assimilation. How American culture is enriched by immigration. Why integration is better for everyone. Exclusion policies don't work and why we need to know what inclusion really means. What Fort Wayne has got right in its treatment of immigrants and refugees. Repairing the mess of anti immigration measures. Busing in Boston and how to transform values. The inspiring story of Mississippi's Civil Rights movement fighting for immigrant rights and class consciousness and overcoming racial division. (13:00)

On The Fun Half: the CEO of Goldman Sachs says Bernie Sanders has the potential to be "dangerous".  Hillary Clinton explains why she spoke at Goldman Sachs and misses the bigger point. Jeb Bush is so sad. This Donald Trump supporter is the best thing ever. President Obama visits the Islamic Society of Baltimore. Marco Rubio is disgusting in his comments on Islam and your calls IMs.

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The New Yorker's Jane Mayer author of Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Rightexplains and the new role of oligarchs in American politics.

-The difference between now and the robber baron era. More people work for the Koch Brothers than the Republican National Committee. The Koch's cultural project. The Powell Memo and the deep history of the American Right. (9:40)

-How the actual "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" works. The war on academics and objective science.  How we subsidize the Kochs and their toxic industries. Why the Kochs backed the bank bailouts. (18:00)

-The influence of this money in the 2016 election season on the GOP side. How Donald Trump is the only Republican who they can't control. (32:00)

-Koch money and global warming denial and when the Kochs targeted Jane Mayer for a smear job. (36:00)

On The Fun Half: Knives come out for Marco Rubio. Chris Christie unleashes on the sweaty young Senator. Fox News morons want Hillary to be indicted really badly. Right Wing Mandela torches Ted Cruz. Rand Paul drops out. Marco Rubio is a mess and your calls and IMs.

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Ted Cruz wins the Iowa Caucus and Ben Carson accuses him of dirty tricks. Bernie Sanders ties Hillary Clinton in Iowa. The Clinton campaign is not going well. Why the Bernie Sanders insurgency should wake up the Democratic establishment. Bernie Sanders incredible fundraising and why the Democratic establishment needs to smarten up.

On The Fun Half: Marco Rubio is still a weak candidate. What Trump did to Rubio in the summer and what he needs to do again. Ted Cruz fires a shot at Rubio. An amazing comedy duo called the Good Liars perfectly troll Bush and Trump and your calls and IMs.

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