The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Live from Las Vegas, October 19, 2016.

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Jacobin editor Peter Frase (@PeFrase) on his new book Four Futures: Life After Capitalism. How speculative fiction helps imagine future societies. What if it were possible to "escape" from the necessities of labor through automation. The possibility of post-scarcity and reality of ecological constraints. Abundance, equality, and their opposites, as determining factors for future societies.

On the fun half - Melania Trump comes to the defense of her husband, Nicki Minaj slams her. Paul Ryan warns of giving Bernie more Democrat Senators to work with, Wisconsin Trump supporters start a Paul Ryan Sucks chant. McCain promises to block Hillary's SCotUS selections.

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Glenn Greenwald tells Brian Stetler that there is an imbalance in transparency between Clinton and Trump and what's interesting in the Wikileaks emails.

Journalist David Dayen explains what the Wikileaks emails reveal. The importance of branding and positioning in the Wikileaks emails. How corporate power works in the Democratic Party. How economic policy-making is influenced by Wall Street? How Cabinets are filled? Why Progressives need to speak out now. The Warren wing of the Democratic Party. What about a progressive foreign policy? And how Clinton can be pressured and President Obama's Wall Street legacy.

On The Fun Half: Katrina Pierson says Donald Trump needs to Tweet about women because the media is unfair. Jake Tapper schools Congresswoman Renee Ellmers. Glenn Beck praises Michelle Obama. Sam Harris is baffled by why his followers are supporting Trump. Amy Goodman is facing charges for practicing journalism in North Dakota. The most amazing Hindus for Trump event ever. Random Rush.

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Cliff Schecter explains how Trump is going full Alex Jones and full Fascist. Jared Kushner, Ivanka and the campaign's anti semitism. The irony of Trump's disgusting campaign. The Right's fantasy life. Is Hillary's surge going to start impacting down ballot races? Rob Portman's political calculation in Ohio. Deb Fischer, rescinds her rescindment of her endorsement of Donald Trump.

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Isabel Gillies talks about finding comfort. Is the 1 train cozy? What Sam would do if he was stuck in the Hospital.  What people in Denmark think about America. The depressing election. Donald Trump and sexual assault. Entitlement at sexual assault. Billy Bush and rape culture and Isabel tells us all to watch the third season of Transparent.

On The Fun Half: Michelle Obama calls out Trump's bragging about being a  sexual predator. President Obama says Republicans should not get any credit for disavowing Trump now. Ben Carson is turning into a super villain. Trump denies assaulting a reporter because "look at her". Donald Trump Jr is also a scumbag. Mike Pence is pathetic. Greg Gutfield gets a little sane and your calls and IMs.

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On today’s show we have Zachary Roth (@zackroth,) a national reporter for MSNBC and author of "The Great Suppression: Voting Rights, Corporate Cash & the Conservative Assault on Democracy."

Alexander Hamilton's anti-democratic leanings. The waxing and waning of elite opinion on who should vote and why. Backlashes against previous expansions of democratic participation. Is democracy a means to an end or an end in itself? Why it's so revealing we don't have a federal right to vote. Why a right to vote would have far-reaching implications. Buckley v Valeo and "money=speech." How the Denton Fracking Ban was immediately undone by the oil and gas industry.

On the fun half - What was behind Trump's trial balloon attacks FDA? The flood of Trump sexual harassment begins; Katrina Pierson, Ben Carson, Mike Pence, and Rush Limbaugh struggle with the revelation. Megyn Kelly and Dana Perino discuss, on Fox News, why women might hesitate before making allegations of sexual assault. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Today we have Wosny Lambre (@BigWos) IN STUDIO! to talk about the barn fire that is the current GOP and our moment in sports protests.

How Trump managed to cleave to base from conservative Republicans. The Tea Party as the final coherent movement of the current populist right and donor class. The NFL's ceaseless quest for growth hits an obstacle. How the NFL tries to have it both ways with violence.

On the fun half - Ben Carson thinks Briana Keilar should hear more talk like Trump's. Trump tells his Florida crowd to make sure to vote on November 28th. Rep. Blake Farenthold unsure on Chris Hayes if he'd stop supporting Trump if he said "I like rape."

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Cathy O'Neil, author of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, explains how data can be bias. Who Defines success and algorithms. Big data hype and being "beyond morals". Data and the war on teachers. Targeting teachers through data. Data-driven models to predictive policing and sentencing. The myth that numbers don't mislead and algorithms and job discrimination.

On The Fun Half: The Republican civil war. Trump's most amazing spokesperson yet. A Trump supporter says Hillary Clinton is hypocrite because she listens to Beyonce. Sean Hannity calls Republican leaders "feckless". Alex Jones says Clinton is possessed by demons. Ben Carson defends Trump in the most amazing way. Why the mainstream still does not understand the Republican Party even in the age of Trump and your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter explains why Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz did a better job moderating the second debate. Why Trump did a much better job and Clinton was not as effective, but it was still a win for Clinton. Trump promises to jail Hillary if elected and throws Pence under the bus. What will the next Trump scandal be? Why Trump beat Paul Ryan. The long-term threat to the Republican Party. The Wikileaks of Hillary Clinton's Wall Streets speeches and what they say about her politics.

Billy Bush eggs on Donald Trump as he brags about sexual assault. We reflect on rape on culture. Rudy tries to spin for Trump. Paul Ryan gets booed by rabid Trump supporters. CNN reaches peak 2016 campaign and Corey Lewandowski calls Reince Priebus weak.

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Cliff Schecter explains why Tim Kaine won the after debate. Why this was a terrible week for Ted Cruz and good for Mike Pence 2020. Why Hillary Clinton might win big and the Democrats might retake Congress.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump gets low energy. The holocaust-denying neo-nazis who support Donald Trump. Hurricanes are a Left Wing according to the crazy Right. Shep Smith warns people to get out of the way of Hurricane Matthew. Random Rush. Why the Green Party never goes anywhere And your calls and IMs.

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Tobias Franz a postdoctoral researcher at the Cider, Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá explains the history of the FARC rebel movement in Colombia. What are Narco Capitalists? Internal displacement and civil war in Colombia. Is the FARC just another drug cartel? The transition from Uribe to Santos. The details of the FARC peace deal.  And what happens next.

On The Fun Half: how does Obamacare actually work. Amazing testimony from the Bridgegate trial and it does not look good for Chris Christie. Tucker Carlson calls out Tim Kaine for not being manly. Can the Democrats retake the Senate? Kelly Ayotte calls Donald Trump a role model and at first says yes. Megyn Kelly calls out Sean Hannity and Hannity gets livid on Twitter. If Donald Trump wins, Paul Ryan's sociopathic budget will become law. Gary Johnson continues to show he has no idea what he is talking about and your calls and IMs.

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