The Majority Report with Sam Seder

The Republicans war on health care and why we need to defend Medicare. The problems with Obamacare and the innate problems with health insurance. The components of Obamacare. The Medicare big lie. Why the Right will target Medicaid. The Paul Ryan and Tom Price plan to destroy public health care and make you pay more. Right Wing Mandela explains the transition. Donald Trump is a cable news addict. A demented Trump supporter freaks out at a crafts store.

On The Fun Half: The Trump Carrier deal. Why is Mitt Romney being considered for Secretary of State? Rand Paul understands Trump's psychology. Resisting Trump. Adobe's dangerous new text technology. Peter Hoekstra is an idiot and Scott Simon schools him on NPR. Bernie Sanders talks about the danger and insanity of Donald Trump. Why citizens need power beyond consumption and your calls and IMs.

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Today we have Cinzia Arruzza (@CinziaArruzza) on to discuss her piece in Jacobin, "The Dangers of Anti-Trumpism." The aesthetic similarities between Trump and Berlusconi. How they both made a virtue of lack of experience. How Berlusconi benefitted from attacks on his character, reminiscent of Trump's rise over the past year. How Italy's center-left failed to stand up to Berlusconi while also being true-believers in neoliberal policy. How should the left react to something like Trump's infrastructure plan?

On the fun half - Alex Jones goes off on Matt Taibbi, Trump wants to criminalize flag burning, Roger Stone says Trump may deign to prosecute Hillary now that she's passively involved in Jill Stein's recount efforts, and Trump spokespeople don't know the evidence of landslide.

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Today on the show: racial justice, labor & international activist Bill Fletcher, Jr. (@BillFletcherJr) joins us to discuss the passing of Fidel Castro and what the uncertain future portends for the left.  The time Bill met with Fidel Castro. Castro's charisma, and Castro on issues of race in present-day Cuba. A full accounting of Fidel Castro's legacy, in contrast to elite media portrayal. Castro's primary crime as one of challenging property relations. Cuba's support of national liberation movements. Bill's case for optimism and case that the "new majority" is here to stay. The economic anxieties of Trump's white nationalist vote.

On the fun half - Ted Cruz with a graceless subject change in order to not talk about Trump's pathological lying, Castro's meeting with Nelson Mandela, Trump doesn't care about conflicts of interest, Rick Perry and Vanilla Ice deliver crushing blow against War on Christmas.

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David Dayen (@DDayen) on why progressives should be skeptical of Trump's infrastructure plan, which amounts to a massive subsidization scheme to privatize infrastructure. Obama's options regarding a recess appointment of Merrick Garland


Then, Les Leopold (@les_leopold), Executive Director, The Labor Institute, on Trump's ability to intervene in Carrier's labor decisions and how Wall Street is the engine behind moving jobs overseas..

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Zack Exley (@zackexley) and Becky Bond (@bbond) on their new book on lessons from their time on the Bernie Sanders campaign: Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything (Paperback – November 18, 2016). "Distributed Organizing" and using technology to actually make contact with voters. How important an earlier start to the Bernie campaign could have been. Giving volunteers more responsibility, along with structure and accountability. Hillary's flawed data-driven get-out-the-vote efforts. How to counter Trump by going on the offensive on the left.

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Janeane Garofalo, talks about her rage at the Trump gangster Administration. Republican dirty tricks and the FBI. The delusions of the dumb-dumb left. Donald Trump's helpmate. The Walking Dead and Trump voters. David Gergen calls out Trump for not strongly condemning Neo-Nazis. The Trump White House is built around Islamophobia. Megyn Kelly calls out reporters for feeding questions to Trump, but won't revealing names. Kellyanne Conway says that Trump and the media share "joint custody" of the nation. Janeane takes Voicemail questions. Mike Pence refuses to answer questions about the Trump kleptocracy and why Republicans will always make us suffer.

On The Fun Half: Christine Quinn and Chris Cuomo call out a Trump supporter for bullshitting on Neo-Nazis. The Republicans Supreme Court move and forcing support for Trump. An Irish Senator bravely calls out Trump's fascism and your IMs.

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How we can already tell the Iran Deal has been a success by the fact we aren't talking about bombing Iran. The extreme danger and paradoxical opportunities of Trump's presidency. Trump doing his best to be the most sane person in his government. How to clarify and recalibrate our positions regarding Saudi Arabia and Iran. How the middle-east figures into Obama's plans to "pivot" to Asia, and how Trump's victory jeopardizes the move.

On the fun half - Reza Aslan on the danger of considering Islam "political" instead of religious. Reince Priebus won't rule out muslim ban. Steve Bannon's anti-Wall Street populism mixed with white nationalism. Neo-nazis rally in Washington DC. The Republican war on voting rights will intensify.

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Donald Trump's horrifying pick for Attorney General has a racist history and he isn't the worst pick.

Cliff Schecter, explains whether or not we should hope for chaos or not in the Trump Administration. The endless dangers the Trump Administration poses. Jeff Sessions too racist for Reagan's America. The most bigoted picks that Trump is putting forward. What's the best Democratic strategy? Trump's personal financial stakes in policy. Why Trump's Administration will be worse than pay to play and why Trump can't staff up with competence.

Isabel Gillies is deeply upset about the election of our deplorable President. What do you tell your kids? Protesting and authority. Authority and secrets and she suggest we watch Captain Fantastic.


On The Fun Half: Trump offers the position to CIA head to bigot Congressman Mike Pompeo. Trump supporter is chided for citing Japanese Internment Camps as a precedent for what we can do to Muslims. Michael Flynn, Trump's National Security Advisor is a major anti-Muslim bigot. Elizabeth Warren calls out Trump for hiring lobbyist and cronies and your calls and IMs.

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Freelance journalist Matthew Phelan, explains the role that Breitbart News played in the election. Clinton Cash and the connection between Breitbart and the New York Times. Who is Peter Schweizer and what is the Government Accountability Office. How the New York Times facilitated Right Wing propaganda. Andrew Breitbart and the corporate funding of the far right. How Steve Bannon made a fortune. Andrew Breitbart and Hollywood resentment. Why Steve Bannon is more dangerous. Breitbart and the destruction of ACORN. How the funding of the Right Wing web works. Who is Eric O'Keeffe? Breitbart's role in Brexit. Breitbart's connection to Trump and the dangerous Mercer family.

On The Fun Half: Barack Obama warns against nationalism and ethnic identity politics. Trump shuts out the press. Trump get's applauded at a swanky New York City Resturant and says "we will get your taxes down, don't worry". The disaster of the Trump transition and your calls and IMs.

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Keith Ellison announces his candidacy for DNC Chair and calls for solidarity and prosperity. Hate crimes on the rise. The three ways to understand what's happening in America right now. How to deal with Trump. Trump has absolutely no idea what he's talking about. Can President Obama make a recess appointment to the Supreme Court? Trump is gonna attack Abortion and women's health. Bernie Sanders is powerful on The View. All the ways Hillary Clinton's campaign screwed up and why we need to be vigilant.

On The Fun Half: Why did Democrats lose? Bernie Sanders needs to have greater power in the Democratic Party. A teacher explains how to address bias and racism in the classroom during the Trump age and your calls and IMs.

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