The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Benjamin Dixon (@TheBpDShow) joins Michael to talk about where the progressive movement is and is headed, and the problem of coming to terms with Hillary if she's the nominee. What happened at the Democratic Convention in Nevada? The rule changes that appear to benefit Hillary Clinton. Finding a third way between "Bernie or bust" and enthusiastic Hillary boosterism.

On the fun half: Reince Priebus doesn't know why people keep asking him about Trump's misogyny, Ben Carson doesn't judge Trump because Christianity, Billy Corgan calls Sanders an "Orwellian nightmare," more from Trump's PR guy "John Miller," a meteorologist is told to put on a sweater, and your calls and IMs!

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Freebie Friday, folks!

Cliff Schecter joins us to discuss George Zimmerman's attempts to auction off the gun he shot Trayvon Martin with; the gun is bid on by someone named "Racist McShootface." The state of the GOP and Dem VP watch. Why is the Hillary campaign so lame in its attempts to attack Trump? How will the GOP attempt to pull itself together.

Then Film Guy Matthew joins us. "John Miller" does a fantastic job doing PR for Trump in the 90s, per leaked audio, Film Guy Matthew is selling bagged MR studio air and recommends Out of the Blue (1980), Bernie Sanders visits the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, running the Tea Party playbook on the democrats, on voting for Jill Stein and the Greens, and your calls and IMs!

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Intercept co-founder, journalist and author of the new book The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program, Jeremy Schaill explains the leaks delivered to the Intercept that reveal the Obama Administration's global assassination program. How the Obama Administration's metric for measuring deaths in drone strikes excludes measuring civilian deaths. The documents that reveal how the "kill chain" works and why the military wants more drones. The types of drone strikes. Military language and measuring "success". The false allegation that Abdulrahman Anwar al-Awlaki was involved in terrorism. The history of modern American assassination policy and why Liberals have started supporting  Dick Cheney policies under the Obama era.

On the Fun Half: Debbie Wasserman Schultz won't debate her opponent.  Arizona man wants to be a super hero by opening up fire on shoplifters. Bernie Sanders calls out Andrew Mitchell for carrying water for Hillary. Donald Trump did not oppose invading Iraq. Donald Trump hits Hillary on foreign policy.

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Jimmy Dore, the host of the Jimmy Dore Show and a TYT contributor, explains what Bernie Sanders has done for the progressive movement in America. How Bernie Sanders campaigns. The endless problems with hillary Clinton. Can we afford to vote for another neoliberal? How Democrats shifted to the Right. Would Obamacare would have passed under a Republican President. Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton who is gonna be worse? Who is gonna sign TPP and how does liberalism win in America?

On The Fun Half: What's the result of voting for Jill Stein? How long should Bernie stay in the race? Dana Loesch calls a Trump supporter "flat-chested" as the Conservative civil war heats up. Paul Ryan wants to know more about Donald Trump and your calls and IMs.

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Marya Hannun (@Mrhannun) and Sophie Spaan (@SophieSpaan) join Michael to talk about their article in Foreign Policy, "When Europe Loved Islam," covering Islam's place in European culture and its history as a spirituality trend for aristocratic.

How does one approach Islam through academically and historically. The cultural and political journey of Islam through empire. Islam's resonance with European intellectuals. Islam and modernity's "new man." Muslims serving in World War I. Colonial outreach to muslim subjects and colonial anxiety. How do we learn to ask the right questions? The importance of contextualizing and historicizing.

On the fun half - Hillary couldn't blow it, could she? Bernie on the need for a democratic Fox News, Loretta Lynch rebukes NC governor over anti-trans bill. Plus your calls an IMs!

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Adam Sheingate an associate professor and chair of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University and author of Building a Business of Politics: The Rise of Political Consulting and the Transformation of American Democracy explains the origins and history of political consulting in the United States. The role of California and corporations in American political consulting. Corporate clients and the branding of national insurance. How effective is political consulting? What part of political consulting is the most reliable source of revenue and how the cost of politics is inflated.

On The Fun Half: Tucker Carelson is offended that Obama would say be proud of your blackness. President Obama explains the power of strategic organizing. NOI Obama drops in. Is John McCain in trouble? North Carolina goes to the mat to discriminate against Transgender people and keep down wages. Pat Robertson still crazy. Donald Trump is not gonna be a candidate of peace and your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter enjoys the GOP collapse. Why Donald Trump is not going to win the Presidency. The time Keith Ellison was mocked by mainstream media hacks for saying Trump might be the Republican nominee in 2015. Is Ben Sasse going to run as a third party conservative? The problem with Paul Ryan not endorsing Trump. Why Democrats should outsource their attacks on Trump to Republicans. Hillary Clinton's smart new ad. Donald Trump is not so bright. How to destroy Trump. A Clinton PAC puts out another smart anti Trump ad. Is John Mccain going lose and are Republicans going to lose the Senate?

On The Fun Half: Philosophy and politics. Alex Jones calls out Glenn Beck. Donald Trump is the worst and his fans are the worst and your calls and IMs.

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Robert H Frank a Professor of Economics at Cornel University and author of the new book Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy, explains the danger to the public of the successful not recognizing the role of luck. The time Mitt Romney wished he was Latino. The roles of the luck and the feeling of "deserving". Gratitude is good for you. How these insights can enhance public policy and fight inequality. Why we need universal social programs. Inequality and what makes people really happy? The availability heuristic and how to shift public policy.

On The Fun Half: listening to Decomposure's great song Potterville. Bill Kristol gets sneaky with his "Never Trump" commitment. Glenn Beck has a Trump meltdown. Jim Webb for Trump's VP? Is Donald Trump going to hurt John Mccain and other down ticket Republicans? John Mccain thinks so. Democratic strategists sign on to kill Single Payer healthcare in Colorado. Chris Matthew's is very attracted to Donald Trump's wife. Barack Obama fails in Flint and your calls and IMs.

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1331 - Trump is Going to Be the GOP Nominee, TIPP Dead? & Bernie’s Indiana Upset

New leaks threaten passage of the TIPP and TPP. Why Corporate trade agreements are dangerous for health, the environment and democracy. Ted Cruz drops out. Random Rush. Conservative pundits create a new fantasy world about "true conservatism". Why there is no real "conservative movement". Mocking Ross Douthat. Many Republican voters are "scared" of Donald Trump. Donald Trump of course is not honest about being against the  invasion of Iraq. Remember Trump is dangerous.

On The Fun Half: Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore suggests that sometimes you should point your guns at Police. Why we need to stop treating Republicans with respect. A great anti Cruz conspiracy theory and your calls and IMs.

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Counter Terrorism strategist and author of  Defeating ISIS: Who They Are, How They Fight, What They Believe, Malcolm Nance explains the Pillars of Islam, how Islamic history has restrained extremism. Debunking anti Islam myths. For all of its faults, "Islam is not the problem". Why are young people joining ISIS? Iraq and the formation of ISIS. The Surge and the Awakening? Baathists helped create the potency of ISIS. The moment of ISIS's greatest power. The ISIS campaign of micro genocide and the global response to ISIS.  What happens next in counter insurgency. Debating drones and Libya and combating anti Muslim and Arab bigotry.

On The Fun Half: Ted Cruz is owned by Donald Trump supporters. Does Heidi Cruz deny that Ted is the Zodiac Killer and your calls and IMs.

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