The Majority Report with Sam Seder

1/7/16

-Alexis Goldstein in to talk financial reform in 2016. What are the main takeaways of Dodd-Frank, why it was a big victory and why it is a big target for lobbyists. The importance of the CFPB in protecting Americans from fraud. How Dodd-Frank deals with failing banks and opaque derivatives markets, mortgage-backed securities and CDOs. The importance of the Volcker Rule. (6:38) 

-Would Dodd-Frank be having a bigger effect if it was enforced more strictly? Why we haven’t seen a change in trading behavior since the Volcker Rule, and why this might mean it’s being ignored. (17:52) 

-The contrast between Bernie and Hillary with regard to financial reform? Financial reform evolution v. revolution. The obstacles criminal prosecutions for bankers. Citigroup’s foray in writing laws. JP Morgan vs. Louis Brandeis. Holder’s admission some are “too big to jail.” (25:55)

-The “New Glass-Steagall” legislation making its way through congress and coming up in presidential primary debates, and why the removal of Glass-Steagall was vital in creating the financial crisis. Why Alexis is encouraged at the debate on financial reform we’re currently having, and how the debate is changing. Financial reform as a bipartisan issue. Finishing the unfinished business of financial reform. (35:37) 

-And on the Fun Half! Why the new iPhone is obscene, more financial reform, and your calls! (45:30)

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1/6/15

Steven A. Cook is on to discuss the Saudi perspective on current turmoil in the region as a "status-quo" power(5:50). Why the Saudis see the Iranians as meddling. The power and hypocrisy of the House of Saud and its support of radical ideologies(9:33). Why the House of Saud and Wahabi radicals are reliant on each other. On Iran(14:07). What is the next logical step in heightened aggression. Why Steve doesn't expect a ground war, and why continuance of proxy wars can be expected. The situation in Yemen. Why the Saudis miscalculate when they see Iranian manipulation behind uprisings in Bahrain and elsewhere. On Iraq and Syria(20:12). What does the Iran/Saudi for the fight against ISIS? Saudia Arabia's insecurity around US relations with Iran. The difficulty of negotiating between "bad actors," and the conversation the US needs to have about our interests in the Middle East(23:48). What is the effect from the global transition from oil.

Omer Aziz on Sam Harris(32:16). Harris' inability to deal with the complexity of issues in the Islamic history. How "muslim reformers" are intellectual junk food that pays well. How "Islamic reformers" ignore the interpretive function of the religious. Diversity of political, cultural, and scientific traditions within Islam(41:24). What would a genuine Islamic reformation look like? The "hubris" of self-identifying as a "reformer," especially in a culture that isn't your own.

On the Fun Half - Conservatives mock Obama tears, Candy Carson shares more implausible Ben Carson lore, Donald Trumps new ad, and your calls and IMs!

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Investigative journalist David Neiwert explains what is motivating the militiamen who have takeover the Federal Wildlife Refuge in Oregon (12:55). The armed wing of the Koch brothers efforts to destroy America's public lands. Religions role in the far Right militia movement (19:30). The different strains of the extremist right. The Oath Keepers and the many ways that Right Wing groups threaten public safety. How racism drives the movement and why do we take the Militia movement seriously at all (29:44)?

And how much Raman do the Oregon survivalists have with them?

On The Fun Half: President Obama issues new executive orders on gun safety and "Nation of Islam Obama" explains the real plan. We take a call form our favorite right wing caller Doug. And your calls and your IMs.

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1/4/16

The moral and legal obscenity of the Tamir Rice case. Why the Police who killed Tamir Rice were incredibly reckless. The obvious racial reasons for the killing of Tamir. The myth of the "War on Cops".  Who are the far-right terrorists takeover a federal building in Oregon and the crimes that led to the Federal building takeover.

On The Fun Half: Saudi Arabia's brutal executions. Ben Carson defends mass executions in Saudi Arabia. Obviously Donald Trump is a big racist. And your calls and IMs.

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1/1/16

The final best-of for 2015, some of Sam's comedy pals drop by and bits form the fun half.

First, David Cross was in studio for an all-time great fun half on January 23.

Then, a clip from the final M&M Monday featuring Marxist/Leninist Bernie Sanders (1:34:20).

Next, Janeane Garofalo joined via phone on September 29th (1:37:20).

Then, some sort of malfunction has included a "Ken, Ken, and Ken" show advertisement for gold bullion credit cards (2:20:35).

Finally, Sam grilled H. Jon Benjamin on his new jazz album, "Well, I Should Have Learned to Play the Piano" (2:24:40)

Also: Ben Carson's Liberal Media Diss Track!

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