The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Two interviews today. First is with K. Sabeel Rahman on his new book, "Democracy Against Domination," on how our public philosophy has forgotten important values of democracy and economic power, and what a more democratic approach to economic regulation might look like.

Then, Minnesota Senator Al Franken joins us to talk his new book, "Al Franken: Giant of the Senate."

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Journalist and author Duff McDonald (@duffmcdonald) joins us to talk about his new book, "The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite."

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Leading voting rights expert and journalist for The Nation magazine Ari Berman (@AriBerman) joins us today. Who Kris Kobach is and why his racist, anti-democratic, Kris Kobach's time at Harvard with advisor and clash of civilizations theorist Samuel Huntington. Why Kobach's anti-black voter stridency seems to be about more than just winning elections for the GOP. Anxiety about fear for the future of the "white race" driving GOP voter suppression. The threat posed by Cross Check.

On the fun half - Jeff Sessions gets grilled by Ron Wyden and "hysterical" Kamala Harris, Rand Paul speaks out for Yemen, major fire in London  property long-complained about for awful safety conditions, plus your calls and IMs!

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Republicans move towards destroying health care  and Democrats need to slow them down. Ben Carson wants government out of health care, mainstream delusions about Democratic Party politics.

Assistent Professor of History Matthew Karp, author of, This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy, explains why scholarship is looking again at the Civil War. Our political moment and the South. Capitalisms origins. Slavery and capital. How the politics of slavery were viewed historically. John C Calhoun and America's slave based foreign policy. Using a Cold War lens to understand southern foreign policy thinking. The Texas treaty and the fear of anti slavery politics. British anti slavery and the fusion of moral and economic anti slavery arguments. States rights and federal policy and "big government" foreign policy on behalf of elites.

On The Fun Half: Jeff Sessions set to testify in front of the Intelligence Committee. Donald Trump Jr, basically confirms what James Comey said. Trump is considering firing Robert Mueller. Alex Jones feels mislead by Megyn Kelly. Trump gets praised by his cabinet. Ivanka Trumo whines about how hard it is. Wayne Allen Root has weird ideas about dating. Joy Reid has insane arguments against Bernie Sanders. What happens when an Alt Right basement dweller meets real oath keepers? John Major concerned about the DUP propping up the Conservative government and your calls and IMs.

Cast: Sam Seder @samseder, Michael Brooks @_michaelbrooks, Matt Lech, @mattlech, Kelly Carey @kellycarey 

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Writer Derek Davison (@dwdavison9318) joins us to discuss the crisis between Qatar and other Gulf States. Wahhabism in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Why Qatar irritates Saudi Arabia. The different reactions of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to the Arab Spring. How Qatar's friendly relationship with Iran is complicating matters. Could Saudi Arabia be plotting a coup in Qatar?

On the fun half -  Bernie Sanders slams the Democrats at the People's Summit, Bill Maher takes Kushner's inherited privilege to the woodshed, Megyn Kelly grants exposure to Alex Jones, Owen Jones apologizes for doubting Jeremy Corbyn, and your calls and IMs!

 

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Labor makes big gains in the UK and Tories build a radical right coalition.

Cliff Schecter explains the downfall of John McCain and his bizarre performance at the Comey hearings. Are the Republicans now the "treason" party. Donald Trump's dangerous instability and why all Republicans cover for him. The Senate moves to destroy health care. Why Republicans will always come together to gut health care and give the rich money. Susan Collins is a fake moderate. A Parliamentary problem for Republicans? And Zach Carter explains authoritarian instincts and why Labor performed well.

Isabel Gillies talks about why James Comey becoming sex symbol. Why Republicans are absolutely never going to impeach Trump. Paul Ryan excuses Trump demanding loyalty from James Comey because he is new to government and Isabel tells us to watch Homecoming King on Netflix.

On The Fun Half: High school student censored after posting an anti Trump in school. Ted Cruz messes up and your calls and IMs.

 Cast: Sam Seder @samseder, Michael Brooks @_michaelbrooks, Matt Lech, @mattlech, Kelly Carey @kellycarey

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We provide live coverage of the Comey hearings. Senator Kamala Harris indicates that evidence may have been destroyed. Senator Cornyn wants to talk Clinton email scandal. Senator Richard Burr does not follow the Republican script on Trump and Russia. Comey says Russia absolutely intended to influence the election. Why James Comey needed to write down his meeting notes after dealing with Trump's bizarre behavior. Comey's response to the Steele Dossier. Trump's requests on Flynn and loyalty. Why didn't Comey talk to Sessions? Comey confirms that he was obviously fired because of the Russia investigation. The Senate moves toward gutting health care.

On The Fun Half: Boris Johnson gets owned by the coolest fortune teller in Britain. Polls don't look good in the UK. Thoughts on Antifa. Remember Felix Seder and how he fits into the Trump and Russia story and your calls and IMs.

Cast: Sam Seder @samseder, Michael Brooks @_michaelbrooks, Matt Lech, @mattlech, Kelly Carey @kellycarey 

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Karen Handel, states that she does not support a livable wage in a debate with Jon Ossoff.

Jonathan Taplin, the Director Emeritus, USC Annenberg Innovation Lab and author of, "Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy." explains how the Internet economy is killing content and creating monopolies and wealth inequality. The connection between monopolies and the loss of democracy. Why the problem is corporate power. How artists get hurt in the YouTube economy. Surveillance Capitalism and the new economy. Protecting consumers in the new economy and the purpose of anti trust law.

On The Fun Half: the Kansas disaster. Karen Handel is a terrible and terrible candidate. Eric Trump says Democrats aren't human and he ran a cancer charity scam. The Trump PAC runs an anti James Comey ad. Bernie Sanders wants a delayed vote on new sanctions against Iran and your calls and IMs.

Cast: Sam Seder @samseder, Michael Brooks @_michaelbrooks, Matt Lech, @mattlech, Kelly Carey @kellycarey 

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Pat Robertson muses that British people might want to die in terrorist attacks, because of political correctness.

Russian hackers appear to have triad to hack computers used for voting. Why voting integrity is a structural problem in America. The FBI arrests an NSA leaker. The Trump Administration admits that the Russia investigation is derailing their agenda. Trump is not filling key positions. Trump can't find a good lawyer and how many people are trying to get out of the Trump Administration?

On The Fun Half: Trump gives the airline industry a big favor. Medicade buy-in in Nevada? Gorka defends Tump's crazy tweets on the Muslim ban. Laura Ingraham says Trump needs less tweets. Alex Jones has a new Hijab theory and your calls and IMs and your calls and IMs.

Cast: Sam Seder @samseder, Michael Brooks @_michaelbrooks, Matt Lech, @mattlech, Kelly Carey @kellycarey 

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Michigan land bank manager resigns after recording of him surfaces of saying "n*ggers" don't pay their bills.

Ben Mankiewicz of the Young Turks and TCM (@BenMank77) joins us today. The anxiety of the Trump era. GOP's 2018 strategy of fighting the media. Why the current media environment may never improve. Ben recommends the film, "Hell or High Water."

On the fun half - Theresa May just might get toppled by Jeremy Corbyn, how austerity hurts national security, Sinclair Broadcasting's chief propagandist makes his debut, Michael Tracy accuses Maxine Waters of shoving him, what's going on with Qatar? and your calls and IMs!

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