The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Robert Epstein (@DrREpstein), a senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology in California, explains how search rankings effect consumer choice. Does  the same dynamic impact voting patterns? Search rankings and candidate success? Why people are not aware of bias in search engines? Search results and transforming public opinion on everything from AI to sexuality. The danger of Google's information power. The connections between Google and government and what Hillary Clinton's campaign is doing with search results. (13:45)

On The Fun Half: White Supremacists phone bank for Trump. Has Trump helped Hillary Clinton. Trump advises himself on FP and Ted Cruz is advised by massive Islamophobes. Rick Snyder called out for the Flint crisis in Congress. and your calls and IMs.

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The Huffington Post's Ryan Grim breaks down the bad news for Bernie Sanders in yesterdays elections. In Chicago progressives turned out to send Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez packing. Why did many of those same voters cast a ballot for Hillary Clinton. Why all progressives need to be intersectional. Are you risking less with Clinton? Does Sanders still have a path to victory? Should Sanders stay in the race? Donald Trump dominates last nights Republican primary. Can the Republicans actually take the nomination away from Trump? How the Republicans can go third party. Will the Republicans accept Obama's centrist Supreme Court pick? (11:30)

On The Fun Half: Why did Obama select Merrick Garland? Sam debates two Libertarians. Wall Street legend schools CNBC hacks on the real state of the economy and why Bernie Sanders would be best for it. Glenn Beck losing it even more? And your calls and IMs.

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On today’s show Vox’s Amanda Taub (@amandataub) join us to discuss her new article The Rise of American Authoritarianism.

How do you measure authoritarian attitudes? The four parenting questions that reveal the authoritarian mindset. The Republican Party's anxiety about social change and what voters that appeals to. How crisis can activate the authoritarian value society. Vox's polling and fear of threats from foreign sources. Race and measuring response to authority. How many Democrats are authoritarian and what do we do about authoritarian politics?

On The Fun Half: the Bernie or Bust debate. Ben Carson admits he didn't want to endorse Donald Trump but he needed to look out for himself. Chris Christie skips a cops funeral to campaign for Trump. Breitbart throws its own reporter under the bus.  Glenn Beck and Grover Norquist battle continues. We cannot afford Donald Trump and your calls and IMs.

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On today’s show, Hooman Majd (@hmajd) joins us to discuss his recent election results in Iran. (6:15)

The internal dynamics of Iran’s politics. The difference between now and the Green Revolution. The revolutionary and sub-revolutionary elements of the Green Movement. The dynamic between The Supreme Leader Khamenei, Hassan Rouhani, and Mohammad Khatami. The state of political freedom across the Middle East. The momentum and goals of the Iranian moderates and pragmatists. Iranian awareness of the perilous revolutions in their neighborhood. The moderate focus on foreign policy and trade and when they’ll get around to social programs. What a “religious democracy” in Iran may look like.

And on the Fun Half: Sam Harris releases the full Omer Aziz “debate.” Taking Trump seriously. Marco Rubio called out for stealing one of The Good Liars' girlfriends. And your calls and IMs. 

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Cliff Schecter explains the distinct dangers and threats of Donald Trump. Donald Trump says the Republican Party elites should "embrace" what's happening. Donald Trump's raw anti Muslim bigotry and Marco Rubio's response. Why Muslims should fear Trump and the history of Jewish repression. Reince Priebus wanted a "G rated" debate and he sort of got one and what the Republican elites fear. (13:21)

Andy Kindler reflects on his Boston material. Kindler corners the market on comparing people to Hitler. Sam and Andy are not impressed by Louie's latest political intervention. Ben Carson endorses Donald Trump and of course its weird. Andy talks with Ben Carson and Andy prefers Hillary. (47:30)

On The Fun Half: Trump rally gets violent in Missouri. Donald Trump evades condemning violence and racism coming from his supporters. Sam debates a libertarian and your calls and IMs.

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MR reviews last nights Democratic Primary debate. Bernie Sanders a powerful answer on birtherism and racism. Do the Koch Brothers support Bernie? Bernie Sanders is dangerous for Wall Street. Bernie and Hillary debate the auto bailout. Bernie gives a strong answer on tuition free colleges. Sanders tries to get Clinton to agree to end Fracking and differences on youth unemployment and Wall Street.

On The Fun Half: Hillary Clinton's frustrating line of attack. Sam Harris is a hack. A Trump supporter sucker punches a black protester and your calls and IMs.

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Bernie Sanders wins big in Michigan. How the polls got the race so wrong. Bernie's massive success with the Muslim vote and what comes next.

Tim Canova, a progressive challenging DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz in the Democratic Primary in Florida's 23rd District explains what inspired him to take on Schultz. Schultz's advocacy on behalf of corporate clients. What motivated Tim to challenge Schultz and the strengthening Progressive movement. (20:30)

Bernie Sander's big win in Michigan happened and what about the electability argument now?

On The Fun Half: Oklahoma slashes healthcare funding for the poor. Bobby Jindal has destroyed Louisiana with trickle down economics. What's the problem with a Constitutional Convention? Donald Trump's best supporter Ernie Boch Jr drops more gems on Fox New Business. The new age of Protests and your calls and IMs.

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Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi explains the power of Donald Trump on the stump. Trump's fusion of bigotry and populism. Joe Scarborough admits that trickle down does not trickle down. Can Trump be stopped? The difference between Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders success and limits. The Clinton's advantages with the African American community. The modern Democrats awful record on race. Does Bernie have any leverage? Can Trump force Hillary in a populist direction? Trump's Sexism and running against Clinton.

On The Fun Half: Understanding Trump's appeal. The latest pathetic from Sam Harris. Clinton scandals and the general election. Mitt Romney robocalls for not Donald Trump. Michael Bloomberg is not running for President. Predictions for tonight's primary results and your calls and IMs.

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On today’s show, we’re joined first by Steven A. Cook (@stevenacook) to talk the Syrian ceasefire. Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East & Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. (11:15)

An update from Erdogan's Turkey and the Turkish turn to authoritarianism and the crackdown on press freedom. What is becoming of Turkish middle-class identity How Erdogan plays on the patrimonial currents in Turkey. The centralization of power under Erdogan. The EU summit on the migrant crisis and the current European conversation regarding Turkey. An overview of Turkish foreign policy. How Erdogan is like Trump. The Kurds and the ceasefire in Syria. Taking on ISIS and Assad simultaneously.

Then, Matt “Old Matt” Binder (@mattbinder) will phone in to give us a report of his time at CPAC. How normal everyday conservatives are actually quite nice! The accessibility of conservative public figures at CPAC. The conservative desire to participate in Hollywood. The conservative book publishing industry. How everyone hates Mitt Romney. (45:00)

And on the Fun Half - Dinesh D'Souza is making crazy statements publicly again because he has a movie. Does rap culture make Chicago violent? Alex Jones on Marco's obsession with Trump's package.

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Full coverage of the 11th GOP debate on Thursday, March 3, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan.

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