The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Donald Trump stumbles into promising debt relief for Puerto Rico and Mick Mulvaney walks it back.

Ian Millhiser, from the Center for American Progress, explains the a major redistricting decision that could overturn the Wisconsin Republican Party's effort to gerrymander. Justice Kennedy's tell and possibly good new in the gerrymandering case. The long term danger of one party state governments. Neil Gorsuch is a dick. Lawrence Lessig's theory for why we need to abolish the electoral college. Further Republican efforts to disenfranchise voters. The Fredrich Case could harm public sector unions. Forced arbitration and why it favors corporations and Constitutional case on religious freedom.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump seems to believe crazy rumor that Puerto Rican truck drivers have gone on strike. America's Gun horror. How the Democrats should play the Alabama Senate race and your calls and IMs.

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On today's show French based labor reporter Cole Stangler (@ColeStangler) joins us to discuss Macron's war on labor. What can we say definitively about Macron's victory now that he has a Trump-level approval rating. How the french economic system and labor actions have worked historically. Macron's reheated 3rd way centrism.

On the fun half - Alex Jones flips on cohost for not running with Antifa Las Vegas theory, a texas atheist calls in to discuss evangelicalism and christian fascism, Pat Robertson thinks Las Vegas massacre is a result of not respecting authority, and your calls and IMs.

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The biggest mass shooting in American history and why Republicans are now going to push to weaken regulation on gun silencers. The NRA's terrorism and American's disgusting relationship with guns and the Republicans disgusting gun policy.

On The Fun Half: The role Joe Rogan plays in public discourse. Gun control and public support. Donal Trump's grotesque response to Puerto Rico. Trump offers golf trophy to the people of Puerto Rico. Geraldo asks the Mayor of San Juan where all the dying people are. Ron Johnson tells healthcare privilege and your calls and IMs.

 

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Today on the program we have Heather 'Digby' Parton (@Digby56) as well as Anthony Atamanuik (@TonyAtamanuik) of Comedy Central's 'The President's Show.'

Digby helps us break down the current sense of Trump malaise, how tardy the response to Puerto Rico's hurricane disaster, and taking the temperature of the long GOP descent most recently observable in the success of Roy Moore in Alabama.

Then Anthony Atamanuik of The President Show joins us to talk about how he maintains playing the Trump character for so long. How The President Show is both smart and dumb funny. The long struggle ahead against the massive voter cult that has been captured by the corporate right.

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Gary Cohn can't promise middle class families they won't pay more in taxes.

Journalist and historian Nelson A. Denis (@NelsonADenis) joins us. The history of the Jones Act and Puerto Rico as a colony and shock doctrine target. PR's obscene lack of representation. What else is behind the Trump admins response.

On the fun half - Dave Rubin and his dumb libertarian hanger-ons are afraid to debate economics. Trump keeps saying theres a Senator in the hospital. Tom Price's avaricious grubbing of tax-funded private jets is something Trump will look in to. Supreme Court to take another shot at public unions. Plus your calls and IMs.

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Sean Illing (@seanilling) of Vox joins us to talk about Trump's NFL fight and how the GOP is a white identity party and his piece in Vox on the Alt-Right's poor understanding of philosophy from his article, "The alt-right is drunk on bad readings of Nietzsche. The Nazis were too."

On the fun half - a German listener calls in for an in-depth update on the right wing in Germany. Trump back to defending the flag and deleting pro-Luther Strange tweets. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Steve Mnuchin reflects on lying to Americans about pushing for a large tax break for the wealthy.

Stephanie Kelton (@StephanieKelton), a Professor of economics and public policy at Stoney Brooke University, explains the Bretton Woods system. Why leaving behind the Gold Standard creates policy flexibility. Why did Nixon take America out of the Gold Standard? Why our fiscal policy has not left behind the Gold Standard way of thinking. What is money in modern economics? How does payment work? What actually causes inflation. Why inflation is not the problem right now in global economics. Taxes and how money works in society and the plutocrats who have an interest in perpetuating the debt myth.

On The Fun Half: Protestors are removed from the Senate as they fight to protect public healthcare. Bernie Sanders makes more progress in mainstreaming Single Payer healthcare. Sanders schools Graham and Cassidy at the CNN debate. Lindsay Graham tries to attack the health insurance industry while pushing a bill to enrich them. Marxism and identity. Rick Santorum throws a tantrum on CNN over the Graham Cassidy health bill. Louie Gohmert thinks John McCain should be recalled because he has cancer. Sarah Huckabee explains that Trump can do policy and pick fights on Twitter at the same time and your calls and IMs.

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Puerto Rico in chaos. Trump hasn't mentioned Puerto Rico's humanitarian crisis. What the Jones Act does to Puerto Rico. Graham Cassidy is still alive and the Koch Brothers are angry. Donald Trump campaigns for Luther Strange and picks a fight with professional athletes who protest. What other athletes support Colin Kaepernick? Brian Kilmeade thinks Muhammad Ali didn't get in trouble for speaking out on politics.

On The Fun Half: Arthur Laffer, still pushing his trickle down scam. Laffer's economics destroyed Kansas. What was Trump's path to victory? Alabama's Senate race and Trump's odd endorsement of Luther Strange. Donald Trump, talks about drugs hitting people on the head after they are thrown over the wall. White identity politics and Trump and your calls and IMs.

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Trump tells Africa his rich friends are coming to his country to get rich.

Today, Vox's Jeff Stein (@jstein_vox) joins us to talk about how dumb the GOP is/is playing about the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill. The radicalism of this repeal led by liar Bill Cassidy, who presented himself as caring about people keeping their healthcare. How will McCain, Rand, and McConnell vote?

On the fun half - Jimmy Kimmel destroys Brian Kilmeade. Destroys. Rouhani shows Trump how to be diplomatically dignified and serious at the UNGA. Fired Google guy James Damore thinks "Grand Wizard" sounds cool. Sean Spicer "doesn't think" he purposely lied.

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Jimmy Kimmel, calls out Senator Bill Cassidy for lying to him about the Jimmy Kimmel test and healthcare test. How Republicans are counting on scamming America. Did Trump win because you won't date a conservative? An amazingly stupid new column argues just that. The boring story of the 2016 election.

On The Fun Half: Senator Bill cassidy, lies more about his new healthcare bill. The Google Memo guy is a fucking idiot. Nikki Haley claims "Rocket Man" worked. Some of the worst people in America praise Trump's UN Speech. Tom Price likes to fly price jets and of course is a total hypocrite about it. South Dakota State Rep, posts a "All Lives Splatter" meme on Facebook. Is YouTube bad for politics? Morgan Freeman appears in an insane new ad for the Committee to Investigate Russia and your calls and IMs.

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