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It's Casual Friday! Emma speaks with Krystal Ball, host of Breaking Points, to round up the week in news. Then, she is joined by actress and comedian Amanda Seales!

First, Emma runs through updates on Israel’s flattening of Gaza, Israel’s murder of children in the West Bank, US intelligence undermining UNRWA involvement in October 7th, the hope of a ceasefire, and new Russia sanctions, before watching Tommy Tuberville’s confused support for Alabama’s IVF-ban. Krystal Ball then joins, diving right into the recent State Supreme Court decision out of Alabama officially establishing embryos as children and effectively outlawing IVF treatment, exploring the Chief Justice’s insane Biblical defense, how it gives away the game on the right’s end goals with reproductive constrictions, and what it means for reproductive care in Alabama moving forward. Next, Ball and Emma parse through the recent mainstream media coverage of Biden’s age issues and their attempt to convince us of his totally real behind-the-scenes spryness, tackling the role it plays heading into the presidential election, and what to make of the question of voting between someone facilitating a genocide, and someone who definitely would also facilitate a genocide, before briefly assessing the (however slim) possibility of a Kamala Harris candidacy. They then touch on recent news about US intelligence downplaying Israeli evidence of UNRWA participation on October 7th, and what to make of the US’ active facilitation of this genocide in the face of their own intelligence and mass public objection, then wrapping up the interview by touching con Krystal’s recent coverage of Julian Assange’s extradition trial. Amanda Seales then walks through her own experience awakening to the US and Israel’s occupation of Palestine, exploring the relationship as one of the final pillars of US imperialism, mythology, and exceptionalism. Next, they touch on the relationship between Zionism and White Supremacy, with help from anti-immigrant protesters in Tel Aviv, before relating it to the domestic politics in the US and the solidarity between communities marginalized by American Empire.

And in the Fun Half: Emma watches Alabama’s fundamentalist Chief Justice walk through his insane worldview, Rep. Andy Ogles calls for the murder of all Gazan children, and an AI scam in the New Hampshire Democratic Primary comes to light. Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary mourns the sanctity of NYC real estate investors after Trump is punished for mere fraud, plus, your IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:24pm EST

It's an EmMajority Report Thursday (of a whole week of EmMajority Reports!)! She speaks with Mark Joseph Stern, senior writer at Slate, to discuss the recent developments of the Supreme Court term. Then, she speaks with Michael Klare, professor of emeritus of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College, to discuss his recent piece in The Nation entitled "Surviving an Era of Pervasive Nuclear Instability." First, Emma runs through updates on the US defense of Israel’s occupation of Palestine in front of the ICJ, the growing death toll in Gaza and its astounding projections, Ro Khana’s visit to Michigan, Biden’s Trumpian executive action on immigration, fascism in Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, child labor in the US, and US environmental policy, before diving into updates on the GOP’s impeachment scam (the one against Biden, more specifically). Mark Joseph Stern then joins, diving right into McElrath v. Georgia, a unanimous decision by Justice Kentanji Brown Jackson, exploring the case’s basis in attempting to retry an acquitted man in obvious violation of double jeopardy and looking at how KBJ’s history as a public defender played into her decision. He also tackles a case against a Virginia magnet school’s attempt to incorporate success in underperforming schools into their otherwise race-blind admissions, and Samuel Alito’s attempt to defend anti-gay bigots’ right to discriminate as jurors, before wrapping up with SCOTUS’ likely decision on the Clean Air Act’s Good Neighbor clause, and the devastating impact it could have on the EPA and Ozone regulation. Professor Michael Klare then walks Emma through the recent emergence of China as a nuclear superpower on the global stage, looking at the role of US military expansion in the Indo-Pacific and contentious support for Taiwan in pushing Chinese nuclear expansion. Next, Professor Klare walks through each of the major nuclear flashpoints right now, including Russian-Nato tensions, Taiwan, and the South China Sea, before diving into the status of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s nuclear arsenal, and the precarious nuclear relationship between India and Pakistan. After touching on the US’ potential role in providing nuclear capacities to Saudi Arabia, alongside a broader assessment of nuclear munitions across the globe, Klare explores what to do to make people care about the nuclear threat again.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they discuss the intricacies of Madame Web, watch Nancy Pelosi actively affirm Israel’s right to continue the slaughter of Gaza and deny US complicity, while Israel’s Chief Pink Washer celebrates the genocide at a Knesset hearing. Bret Weinstein and Joe Rogan posit their bold theory that AIDS is actually caused more by lifestyle decisions than HIV, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:26pm EST

It's Hump Day! First, in a pre-taped conversation, Sam speaks with Seth Goldstein, legal counsel for Trader Joe's United & the Amazon Labor Union (ALU), to discuss a recent legal filing by Amazon, Trader Joe's, and SpaceX that alleges that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is unconstitutional. Then, Emma speaks with Dr. Tarek Loubani, associate professor at the University of Western Ontario and leader of the Glia Project, to discuss what is happening on the ground now that hospitals in Gaza are mostly non-operational. First, Emma runs through updates on the US vetoing a UN ceasefire resolution for the THIRD time, Gaza’s dire situation, Ukrainian troops, US sanctions on Russia, Trump’s legal woes, the FBI’s Biden Informant and his foreign connections, SCOTUS attacks, student debt, Starbucks unions, and the murder of a nonbinary child in Oklahoma, before watching Nikki Haley put on her best Hillary Clinton pants(uit) and accuse Trump of Russia-connected authoritarianism. Then, Sam is joined by Sam Goldstein as they dive into the evolution of the legal attacks on the NLRB, beginning with Amazon’s objections to the NLRB’s role in the Amazon Labor Union elections of 2022, and seeing Elon Musk file suit against the NLRB’s constitutionality in the wake of a decision against SpaceX. Next, Goldstein steps back, walking through the establishment of the National Labor Relations Act in 1935 as an attempt to institutionalize the conflict between labor and management in an attempt to somewhat protect workers’ rights, and the near-nonexistent changes in its management (outside of the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act) over the following eight decades, despite the overwhelming changes to the labor market with the rise of Tech and the gig economy. After tackling the history of challenges to its unconstitutionality, Seth walks Sam through the three major planks of SpaceX’s case – namely: the requirement of good cause for Presidents to remove NLRB judges, the Seventh Amendment right to a jury, and the Board’s combination of legislative, judicial, and executive powers. Exploring each point, Goldstein tackles the absurdity of each point within the broader operations of the US government, and the devastating impact the case could have on both the NLRB and the administrative state writ large. After discussing SpaceX’s attempt to keep this legal battle in Texas, Goldstein wraps up with Trader Joe’s similar case coming out of Connecticut, the threat IT poses to the NLRB, and what to expect moving forward. Dr. Tarek Loubani then joins, first parsing through his experience doing humanitarian and medical work in Gaza over the last decade, and touching on his experiences during Gaza’s Great March of Return in 2018, which saw thousands of Gazans shot during peaceful and civil demonstrations against their conditions, including Dr. Loubani himself. Next, Loubani assesses the complete devastation of Gaza’s medical care during Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing of the region, with Israel’s active attacks on both medical institutions and medical personnel setting a new standard for depraved warfare, also exploring the harrowing and devastating realities of genocide and apartheid on the ground, from both a medical and broader perspective. Tarek also discusses his experiences at Al-Shifa Hospital, and unpacks the insane claim that Hamas could operate its military out of overpacked and overwhelmed medical centers, before wrapping up by addressing the active culpability and complicity of the West and the need to hold our politicians accountable.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:15pm EST

It's News Day Tuesday! Emma speaks with Bill Deere, director of the Washington office of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), to discuss the ongoing situation with the agency in Gaza. Then, she speaks with Richard Wiles, President of The Center for Climate Integrity (CCI), to discuss the recent report the CCI issued about the plastics industry. First, Emma runs through updates on the UN’s ceasefire vote, the ICJ’s hearings on Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, the Knesset’s attempt to expel Ofer Cassif, the decimation of Gaza, the expansion of Israel’s war, Trump’s demanding lead over the GOP, Alabama’s Supreme Court decision to further clamp down on reproductive rights, and West Virginia’s criminalization of librarians, before watching some of the major public actions in Europe ahead of Julia Assange’s extradition trial. Bill Deere then joins, diving right into the history of UNRWA’s founding in the wake of the 1948 Nakba as a “temporary” service to aid Palestinian refugees, that has since taken on a breadth of responsibility to feed, educate, and medicare millions of refugees across Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank, and Gaza in the 75 years since, working as a primary healthcare network, an education provider, and the primary humanitarian assistance provider, with little to no development towards an ends to their work. After touching on the overwhelming pressure that faces the 30k workers at UNRWA, Deere and Emma walk through the recent expansion of UNRWA activity in Gaza as Israel’s ethnic cleansing of the region has progressed, made all the more difficult by the devastating conditions and the active obstruction from Israeli demonstrators. Next, Bill briefly walks through the recent allegations of UNRWA involvement in 10/7, including Israel’s refusal to provide UNRWA with the actual proof, UNRWA’s decision to nonetheless fire those allegedly involved, and the international community’s revocation of funding in response, before touching on the devastating impact of that funding, and the ongoing attempts to keep UNRWA operating. Wrapping up, Deere explores the work UNRWA does with the Biden Administration, and what those of us outside of Government and NGOs can do to help. Richard Wiles then dives right into the myth of single-use plastic recycling and the recent revelations around the oil and gas industry’s multi-decade attempt to keep the plastics industry thriving at the expense of humanity. Wiles walks through the failure of the industry to push landfills and incineration as appropriate plastic disposal methods in the mid-1900s due to their obvious environmental impacts, looking to recycling as their answer – despite myriad internal studies that had shown it to be an expensive and wasteful process – presenting public demonstration project after public demonstration project alongside large sums of money to bring state and local governments on board with their bunk science. Wrapping up, Wiles and Emma explore the various legal battles going on in an attempt to hold the industry accountable for their societal harms, and what to expect from them moving forward. Emma also expands on the recent decision out of Alabama to categorize frozen embryos as children.

And in the Fun Half: Emma discusses Rashida Tlaib’s call for Michigan voters to use the primary to pressure Biden, and MSNBC’s unsurprising take that it will cost Biden the election nine months from now. Tom from Newton discusses the politics of tech and teens, Emma dives into the ICJ case over Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, and Tim Scott continues his audition for VP by throwing Nikki Haley under the bus on Fox. Donald Trump struggles with the Black vote, Bernie can’t seem to find the words “ceasefire,” “genocide,” or “apartheid” when it comes to Israel, and Mario in Georgia explores the failures of police training, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:45pm EST

Happy Monday! Emma speaks with Abdul Alkalimat, professor of African American Studies & library and information science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, to discuss his book The History of Black Studies. First, Emma runs through updates on the rising Gaza death count, the crippling of Nasser Hospital, the expansion of Israel’s ground offensive, Biden issuing another ceasefire veto, another ICJ case, Russia’s recent offensive in Ukraine, Trump’s abortion ban, EV sales, forever chemicals, Wisconsin’s gerrymandering, and Pakistan’s election, before diving into Fox’s coverage of Trump’s recent massive fine from the state of New York. Professor Abdul Alkalimat then joins, diving right into the founding of Black studies in the US over the 1960s and 70s, serving as a professionalization and a manifestation of a long history of Black intellectual tradition and social movements that US higher education and academia all but ignored. Expanding on this, Professor Alkalimat dives into the convergence of disciplines in the creation of Black studies, picking up on the tradition of black intellectual history, and taking advantage of a wide range of subjects in their attempt to best understand and interpret the Black experience. Next, Emma and Abdul tackle the rediscovery of Black intellectual history in the academic context through the creation of Black studies, bringing to light the incredible educational power of social movements – from Black Power and Civil Rights to New Communism and the Women’s Movement – to raise new questions about society and redefine how we thought about race, both domestically and internationally. After walking through his concepts of deficit, difference, and dependency that undergird racism in the US, Professor Alkalimat touches once again on how Black studies works to redefine, recontextualize, and challenge mainstream notions of US and global society, as well as the Black experience itself, before wrapping up the interview with the primary challenges facing the current era in the struggle for Black self-determination. Emma also watches recent statements from Lula da Silva on Israel's ongoing genocide in Gaza with the West's support.

And in the Fun Half: Emma talks with Mitch from Houston about the liberal fatigue seen in response to both the COVID-19 Pandemic and Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Gaza, Hannah from San Diego discusses her experiences with discrimination as a Jewish college student, and NPR and NBC join hands to present Trump’s new, incredibly rational 16-week abortion ban. Tucker Carlson and Ben Shapiro beef over who’s the better fascist when it comes to US support for Israel, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:28pm EST

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with political commentator Olayemi Olurin to round up the week in news. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the totally natural passing of Alexei Navalny, Israel’s raiding of Nasser hospital in Khan Younis, Israel’s new West Bank settlement program, ceasefire calls from Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, one of the GOP’s countless impeachment shams, student debt relief, US aid to Israel, Amazon joining Elon Musk’s challenge to the NLRB, same-sex marriage in Greece, New York’s redistricting, Donald Trump’s legal woes, and the IRS’ tax filing pilot, before watching Tucker Carlson’s attempt to defend his Putin interview. Olayemi Olurin then joins, diving right into her insight into New York’s ongoing manufactured crises around crime and immigration, particularly from her perspective as a defense attorney. Olurin first looks to the evil of Eric Adams as she explores the roots of these “crises” in the NYC Mayor and the New York Democratic machine, diving into his ongoing attack on bail reform, and how the bail system serves as economic leverage for prosecutors, before touching on the potential ends of the FBI’s investigations into his campaign. Next, Olay walks Sam and Emma through the recent Democratic endorsement of the New York Democrats’ moderate push after Tom Suozzi’s victory in NY-3, looking at the insanity of presenting Long Island politics as “normal,” and tackling Democrats’ insistence on remaining outrageously out of touch with their constituents. She also discusses the tactic of voting for the weakest adversary, before wrapping up the interview by touching on the unsurprising fact of the Democratic Party’s support for Israel.

And in the Fun Half: Emma explores the NYT’s recent kind-hearted coverage of Israel’s (self-proclaimed) fascist West Bank settlers, Caleb from Trenton tackles the pervasion of Nazi propaganda in the US, Guy from Jupiter discusses accountability for exploiters of undocumented labor, and Matt Taibbi continues to struggle with his breakup with Elon Musk, now one-year out. Tucker Carlson marvels at the existence of global capitalism in Russia, Tim Pool rants about how nobody cares about Kristen Stewart or how she looks, and Candace Owens calls women “the new perverts”, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:42pm EST

It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Premilla Nadasen, professor of history at Barnard College, to discuss her recent book Care: The Highest Stage of Capitalism. Then, she speaks with Hasan Ali, journalist reporting on US foreign policy and South Asian politics, to discuss his recent piece in The Nation entitled "The Unexpected and Uncertain Result of Pakistan’s Elections." First, Emma runs through updates on the IDF’s raid of Al Nasser, the shooting at the Chief’s Super Bowl Parade, Donald Trump’s legal woes, polling coming out of Michigan, the impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas, NY Democrats’ willful ignorance, the Texas National Guard, and Indonesian election results, before watching some commentary from orphaned children in Gaza. Professor Premilla Nadasen then dives right into the role of the pandemic in exposing the massive societal gaps in our appreciation for care work, before stepping back to look at what exactly “care work” entails, and how the industry is framed as necessary and “essential” as laborers receive little to no benefits for their work and no support from the government. Expanding on this, Professor Nadasen walks through the makeup of the industry’s workforce, its evolution after taking off at the onset of the neoliberal era, and the role undermining the welfare state played in maintaining insecurity among marginalized segments of the population, pushing them into the unregulated field of care work. After looking at the hypocrisy this creates – that of forcing women out of their families to take care of the children of the wealthier –   Premilla walks through the importance of supporting care work outside of the marketplace, and wraps up with a brief assessment of the role of social reproduction in care work. Hasan Ali then quickly runs through the political evolution of Imran Khan, from cricket star to military-backed Trumpian populist to politically imprisoned anti-military martyr, working up to the recent mass repression of Khan’s PTI party members ahead of Pakistan’s 2024 election, and the massive attempt by the military to steal the election out of PTI’s grasps. After running through Khan’s antagonistic relationship with the USA and CIA, Ali explores the intense backlash to the military’s attempt to steal the election, and what to expect heading forward if the PTI is truly able to come out as victors.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they tackle the recent reporting around Israel’s murder of a 6-year-old Palestinian girl, Brian from the Chicago Suburbs calls in about the plague of corporate landlords, and a caller from Columbus discusses the failure of the lesser-of-two-evils framing. Donald Trump flips over questions about his mental acuity, Bob from Maryland tackles the uselessness of wish casting on the left, and Matt Walsh explains why you can solve homelessness by ending homelessness, plus, your calls and IM's!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:33pm EST

It's Hump Day! Sam speaks with Griffin Ritze, a union organizer at Amazon's largest air hub in Kentucky, Amazon KCVG, and Marcio Rodriguez, a Planeside Ramp worker and member of the Amazon Labor Union-KCVG organizing committee, to discuss their efforts to ratify their constitution and file with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a union election. Then, Sam speaks with Dr. Thaer Ahmad, emergency room physician and assistant program director of the Advocate Christ Emergency Medicine Residency Program, to discuss his recent experience volunteering at the Al Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip. First, Sam runs through updates on the GOP finally succeeding in the impeachment of Sec. Mayorkas, Pennsylvania Democrats’ victory, minimum wage legislation, Israel’s siege of Rafah, the US State Department’s weapons “review,” and Pakistani elections, before diving into Tom Suozzi’s victory in the NY-3 special election to replace George Santos. Griffin Ritze then joins, diving right into the major factors behind the beginning of the unionization effort at KCVG, with Amazon cutting benefits amid rising inflation and internal dissent, alongside the labor victory at Amazon JFK-8. After touching on his firing just weeks ago in the lead-up to an election filing, Ritze wraps up by expanding on the major problems with the working conditions at the KCVG Amazon air freight location, and what we can do to support their fight. Dr. Thaer Ahmad then walks through his assessment of the already shaky state of the healthcare system in pre-October 7th Gaza, as well as his relationship to the healthcare system, as a first-generation Palestinian-American doctor, before tackling the extensive effort it took to get into Gaza as a healthcare worker. Next, Dr. Ahmad explores the extreme changes in quality of life in Southern Gaza from his previous experiences providing healthcare, parsing through the impact of mass displacement into Rafah alongside the dwindling number of functioning hospitals in the region creating a system of severely overworked, underfunded, and under-resourced healthcare workers. After looking at the impact of the mass starvation and water scarcity on health, Thaer explores the constant siege on hospitals, even in the south of Gaza, and the clear goal of extending the ethnic cleansing until Gaza is gone, also expanding on the massive impact of the violent occupation on children in Gaza. Wrapping up, Dr. Ahmad dives into the insanity of Israel’s backers revoking aid for UNRWA, the devastating impact of the blockage of aid to Gaza, and the US’ insistence on not going around it, before wrapping up with what we can do to help get humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.

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Direct download: 2_14_Ritze_Ahmad_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:01pm EST

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma speak with Luke Goldstein, writing fellow at The American Prospect, to discuss his reporting on the special election being held today in New York's 3rd Congressional District. First, Sam and Emma run through updates into the Senate’s military aid deal, the House GOP’s Mayorkas Impeachment 2.0, flight attendant labor action, Joe Biden’s limp warnings to Israel, inflation, and Kari Lake’s Senate candidacy, before diving into the response to the Senate’s Foreign Aid bill for Ukraine and Israel. Luke Goldstein then joins, diving right into his assessments of NY-3’s special election candidates, walking through Democrat Tom Suozzi’s relationship to Israel-aligned PACs, as well as his relationship to the NY Democratic establishment, and the GOP’s Mazi Pilip’s role as an ex-IDF member with a shady financial past, before focusing in the primary fighting grounds of support for Israel and general conservatism. Stepping back, Goldstein walks through Suozzi’s connections to Jay Jacobs, Chair of the NYS Democratic Committee and head of the NY Dems’ right-wing shift that lost the Democrats the House in 2022, before looking at both Suozzi and Pilip’s desire to separate themselves from their national party leadership, and wrapping up with an assessment of their chances. Sam and Emma also dive into the King of Jordan’s recent appearance alongside Biden, Biden’s insistence on looking weak to everyone, whether it be over immigration or Israel, and conclude the free half by looking at the continuing action in Israel to block aid to Gaza.

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Direct download: 2_13_Goldstein_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:31pm EST

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Lainey Newman, research assistant at Harvard Law School, to discuss her recent book Rust Belt Union Blues: Why Working-Class Voters Are Turning Away from the Democratic Party, co-authored with Theda Skocpol. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s bombing of the Palestinians taking refuge in Rafah, Biden and Trump’s varying support for war, the election to fill George Santos’ seat, the House GOP goes after Mayorkas… again, Pakistani election results wrap up, and Matt Gaetz’s ethics hearings continue, also touching on Bibi Netanyahu’s recent appearance on Fox News to touch on Israel’s ongoing war against “barbarism” and to save “civilization.” Lainey Newman then joins, diving right into her research methods compiling and analyzing archival, interview, and ethnographic data exploring the political evolution of the Rust Belt’s “union-man” archetype – also touching connection to the region. Next, Newman dives into her exploration of the influence of unions as third places and integral parts of community infrastructure in the Rust Belt, tackling the role they played throughout much of the 20th Century, playing host to community events, local organizing, religious affairs, as well as disseminating important news and political developments, alongside its role as a collective bargaining unit. Moving forward, Lainey walks Sam and Emma through the disappearance of this third-place over the second half of the century, with the collapse of steel regulation and rise of neoliberalism obliterating the union jobs and general population of the Rust Belt, and thus killing the major progressive counterweight to conservative community institutions and third places. After tackling the role of unions in bolstering race relations, and the role the Democratic Party played in the downfall of unionism, Newman wraps up with a quick assessment of union politics heading into the 2024 election.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma dive into the mass ongoing repression of Palestinian sympathies in Israel, Andrew from Chicago explores the future of housing reform in Chicago and beyond, and RFK gets inter-Kennedy pushback over the use of his family’s pictures in a Super Bowl ad. Ehab from Tucson parses through the difficult questions of voting amid Biden’s support for Israel’s genocide – alongside the likelihood of any institutional awareness – Sarah from Chicago explores the influence of Israel’s occupation of Palestine on Islamophobia in the US, and Donald Trump flexes on those parasitic NATO allies we have. Blackwater’s founder decides to weigh in on imperialism, plus, our calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 2_12_Newman_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:03pm EST

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Ryan Grim, D.C. Bureau Chief at The Intercept and co-host of Counter Points, to round up the week in news. First, then run through updates on Israel’s expanding (and failing) assault on Gaza, the White House’s Leahy report, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, immigration, inflation, and Missouri abortion law, before diving into Biden’s recent highlighting of an admittedly editorialized Special Council report on his handling of classified documents and the state of his memory. Ryan Grim then joins, diving right into his take on the insanity of the recent Special Council report coming out of Merrick Garland’s DOJ, the insanity of Biden’s response, and why it’s kind of his fault anyway, before touching on the other White House report on the Leahy law, and why Biden has not given Netanyahu any reason to stop his genocide. Next, Grim parses through the recent election interference coming out of Pakistan, with the former members of politically imprisoned Imran Khan’s PTI party seemingly having a resounding victory taken away from them through bribery, torture, and intimidation, also touching on his questioning of a State Department spokesperson on the issue, and what to expect from the authoritarian maneuver going forward.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss the right-wing infighting over the recent immigration bill, the insanity of the abuses migrants are facing in the US, and the race for George Santos’ congressional seat. Rickey from San Diego gives some commentary on the various genocide cases against Israel, Ethan from LA discusses Joe Biden and Democrats’ ideological take on the border, and Tony from Baltimore asks some questions about wealth inequality and the housing market, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:16pm EST

It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Mark Paul, assistant professor of economics at Rutgers University, to discuss his recent book The Ends of Freedom: Reclaiming America’s Lost Promise of Economic Rights. Then, she speaks with Guillaume Long, former foreign minister of Ecuador and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), to discuss his recent piece published Foreign Policy entitled "How a Start-Up Utopia Became a Nightmare for Honduras." First, Emma runs through updates on US military action in Iraq, Bibi’s insistence on continuing his genocide in Gaza, Biden’s attempt to patch things up over that ol’ ethnic cleansing, Biden’s border plan, Trump’s legal battles, Marianne Williamson’s candidacy, climate change, a new report on the incredible success of gender-affirming care, and Bolsonaro’s alleged crimes, also watching Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s incredible speech on the House floor condemning US support for Netanyahu’s genocide. Professor Mark Paul then joins, diving right into the inspiration for his piece on an Economic Bill of Rights (and his economic work as a whole) in seeing the richest nation in history make its citizens suffer through the 2008 financial crisis, both conceptualizing that wealth and why GDP doesn’t present the full picture of a country’s well being under capitalism. Expanding on this, Professor Paul steps back and examines the difference between the negative rights (freedom from X) outlined in the US Constitution, and the positive rights (freedom TO X) that folks like FDR – and some framers – enumerated, and the central importance of promoting freedom – not just protecting it. After walking Sam and Emma through the role of the Civil Rights Movement in carrying forward FDR’s anti-capitalist torch, and touching on the role of the Federal Reserve in abandoning its responsibility to manage employment, Mark Paul tackles the complimentary prongs of a jobs guarantee and a universal basic income, working together to rebalance the labor market and present a genuine choice in how workers contribute to society. Wrapping up, they parse through the more abstract element of what “freedom” can mean and assess how the US still fails to deliver on its negative freedoms. Guillaume Long then runs through a brief explanation of the evolution of Honduran politics in the wake of the 2009 US-supported coup and the decade of authoritarianism that followed, before stepping back to walk through the parallel rise of Honduras’ ZEDEs – special economic development zones that offer near-complete autonomy to corporations over swaths of Honduran territory – despite large backlash from the Honduran public and legal world. After parsing through some of the details of Honduras’ major ZEDEs, and the central role the issue played in the election of leftist Xiomara Castro in 2021, Long walks Emma through the growing efforts against the abuses of corporations, the Western-backed private court that is pushing back, and what to expect as this battle comes to a head.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they assess the insanity of Fox’s recent broadcasting of a full assault of a migrant, Armando from Portland dives into the devastation facing young men in Gaza, and Joe Rogan and Aaron Rodgers go full LeBron-Wade as they effortlessly flow between transphobic bigotry, pseudo-anti capitalism, and pure misinformation. Bro Flamingo gives some updates on his union experiences, Tommy Tuberville questions Biden’s mental capacities, the right continues its attack on education, and George Santos gloats about the GOP’s failures in the House, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:54pm EST

It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with independent journalist Erin Reed, author of the Erin In The Morning newsletter on SubStack, to discuss the state of anti-trans legislation moving its way around the country in 2024. Then, they speak with Margie Mason & Robin McDowell, investigative reporters for the Associated Press, to discuss their recent reporting on prison labor in the United States. And in the Fun Half, Tim Heidecker makes a special appearance! First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the House GOP blowing their majority, Donald Trump’s legal woes, the Nevada election, UAW expansion, Ronna McDaniel, and the IRS, also watching MTG reflect on the recent failures of her and her cohorts. Erin Reed then joins, diving right into the busy 2024 in state-level anti-trans legislation in the US, first parsing through the media’s insistence on emphasizing bigoted and misinformed perspectives – as seen in the New York Times’s recent piece by Pamela Paul – and how the arguments seen in those texts are perfectly reflected in the statehouse hearings in red states. Expanding on this, Reed walks through the major legislative developments in the anti-trans fascism of the US, including Indiana’s school-snitch forms, the plethora of legislation coming out of Missouri and Iowa, and Florida’s Real ID bill, before wrapping up by looking at the major donors behind the GOP’s tactic of all-out transphobia. Margie Mason and Robin McDowell then walk Sam and Emma through their research into the thriving industry of Prison labor in the US, with a particular focus on the agricultural industry and how it presents a clear thread on the US’ evolution from a Slavery economy to the Prison-Industrial Complex. They then look to the Louisiana Angola Prison as a perfect representation of this, literally evolving from a plantation to a prison over Reconstruction, helping them to tackle the role of the 13th Amendment in pushing this development, before parsing through the major labor rights issues involved in prison labor, and how states do (and don’t) regulate it. Wrapping up, Mason and McDowell explore the reactions from major industries and corporations that benefit from prison labor to the growing transparency around the issue, and what changes to look for moving forward.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma are joined by Tim Heidecker as he and Sam put aside their differences in appreciation of the true journalism that the US so lacks today. Expanding on this, they parse through Tim’s in-depth report on Tim Pool’s too-easily digestible content, explore some industry musings on what could be going on behind the scenes at the Compound™, and ponder the likelihood of an FBI infiltration into the TimCast team. Sam and Emma also parse through the unsurprising reports coming out about the dearth of proof in Israel’s claims about UNRWA involvement on October 7th, and have an expansive conversation on Democrats’ (and the media’s) insistence on fully embracing Donald Trump’s framing on the immigration debate. Tucker Carlson and Brett Weinstein ponder gender ideology, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma speak with journalist Katya Schwenk, to discuss her recent reporting on Boeing published in The Lever. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Blinken’s visit to the Middle East, Amnesty International’s report on Israel’s murders in the West Bank, the dearth of evidence of actual UNRWA involvement in October 7th, Michigan Democrats’ action against Biden’s Gaza policy, the GOP’s immigration bill fiasco, the Mayorkas impeachment, Harlan Crow’s suspect finances, college student unions, and another corrupt funder of Eric Adams’ mayoral campaign, also parsing through Mayor Abdullah Hammoud of Dearborn, Michigan’s statements on voters’ and Arab-Americans’ issues with Joe Biden. Katya Schwenk then joins, diving right into the most recent Boeing scandal, kicking off this January when the door panel blew out in an Alaska Airlines flight over Portland, and how it put the spotlight back on Boeing’s string of fatal crashes at the end of the 2010s, before briefly touching on the (nonexistent) role DEI played in these malfunctioning. Stepping back, Schwenk dives into Boeing’s launch of a new Max 737 in 2018 despite internal awareness of various software issues, the company’s skirting of certain federal regulations, and their eventual (minimal) fraud charges from Trump’s DOJ during his final weeks in office, also exploring the DOJ’s eventual agreement to drop charges if the company met compliance over the next three years – a period that ended just two days after the recent Alaska Airlines emergency landing. Expanding on this, Katya looks at the reassessment of this deal between Boeing and the US Government, and whether the obvious continuation of Boeing’s unregulated production issues will be called into question, or if the US will continue to allow a major US company to skirt regulation, before wrapping up, by walking Sam and Emma through the major financial success of Boeing. Sam and Emma also dive into the collapse of Biden’s immigration deal with the GOP, and parse through each side of the bipartisan opposition to the Biden Administration’s “Trump-Era policy.”

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Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Steven Friedman, director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Johannesburg, to discuss his recent book Good Jew Bad Jew: Racism, anti-Semitism and the assault on meaning. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Biden’s strikes on Iraq and Syria, environmental disaster in Los Angeles and Chile, Israel’s assault on Gaza, the DOA US border deal, Biden’s dismal polling, US labor action, Mike Johnson’s Israel aid, and issues in Boeing and Tesla production, before parsing through the Democrats once again choosing to capitulate to far-right policy despite no electoral benefit, with little to no pushback from the US media. Steven Friedman then joins, parsing through the birth of his recent work from the severe backlash to anti-Zionist and anti-racist Jews as “self-hating,” alongside a severe perversion of the concept of anti-Semitism from the hatred of Jews as a people, to a narrow opposition to the apartheid state of Israel, also touching on the growing union between the state of Israel and the biggest celebrity symbols of anti-Semitism. Stepping back, Friedman explores the evolution of Zionism in relation to a largely Europe-based Jewry, with OG Zionists like Theodor Herzl and A.D. Gordon seeing the exclusion of the Jewish people from the European elite as a cultural failing of their people – one that can be solved via the establishment of a Zionist state and thus a Zionist elite. Expanding on this, Friedman walks Sam and Emma through Europe’s perspective on Zionism, with German and British elites highlighting the roles Israel could play in both acting as a European-aligned outpost in the Middle East and as a way to encourage the expulsion of Jews from Europe. Next, Steven back to the establishment of Israel as an attempt by certain people to Europeanize the Jewish people, through a complete embrace of Europe’s fashionable ideologies of nationalism and colonialism, particularly as Jewish discrimination in Europe largely excluded them from these developing regimes, and touches on the nature of the Holocaust as exemplary of the spectrum of humanity with which the West viewed the rest of the world. Wrapping up, Friedman, Sam, and Emma explore the history of the relationship between South Africa and Palestine and what the relationship between democracy and apartheid tells us about Western ideology.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss the impending end of Kyrsten Sinema, watch Jack Posobiec connect the strings on Taylor Swift’s DNC ties, and discuss Connecticut’s new debt cancellation plan. Thomas Friedman returns to the New York Times to remind us of his extraordinary bigotry, John Kirby struggles not to say the obvious regarding US military action in the Middle East, and the MR Crew dives into the “why” of Biden’s attempted immigration deal, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:49pm EST

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Jeet Heer, national affairs correspondent for The Nation, to round up the week in news.  First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the US public’s opposition to Israel’s genocide in Gaza, Medicare drug price negotiations, the Child Tax Credit, a US immigration deal, GOP fundraising, Eric Adams’ fundraisers, and the NTA strike, before diving into the absurd coverage of Cori Bush’s ongoing ethics investigation. Jeet Heer then joins, diving right into the complete failure of the US’ supposed attempt to prevent Israel’s genocide in Gaza from becoming a regional conflict, first discussing Jake Sullivan’s pre-October 7th claims touting the Biden Administration’s peace in the region, before touching on Biden’s supposed “behind the scenes” talks with Israel, and the role they play in keeping his Democratic colleagues at bay. Next, they look at Biden’s ongoing attempt to normalize Israel-Saudi Arabia relations, despite that being a primary factor in Hamas’ 10/7 attacks, whether his refusal to return to the Iran Nuclear Deal plays into his belief in Trump’s Abraham Accords, and how the hell this conflict can be seen as any sort of a win for his reelection campaign. Wrapping up, Heer dives into his premonitory coverage of the right-wing’s obsession with Taylor Swift.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch House GOP’s members explain why they’re voting for the Mayorkas impeachment, a Texas convoy member explains how Jews are paying Hezbollah to invade the US even though they’re going to attack Synagogues, and Matt from Alberta discusses the chaos of Alberta’s politics under the conservative premiership of Danielle Smith. Eddie from Fort Worth dives into the story of Stetson Kennedy, Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro explain why becoming uber-wealthy is pious, actually, and Marjorie Taylor Greene tries to censure Ilhan Omar because of – get this – racism, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:08pm EST

It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Dr. Uche Blackstock, emergency physician and former associate professor of emergency medicine at the New York University, to discuss her recent book Legacy: A Black Physician Reckons With Racism In Medicine. Then, she is joined by Ken Klippenstein, investigative reporter at the Intercept, to discuss his recent reporting on the U.S.'s covert military presence in the Middle East. First, Emma runs through updates on the US lawsuit against Biden for funding the genocide in Gaza, the genocide itself, the war’s regional expansion, US economic development, congressional policy, UAW expansion, RFK’s candidacy, and Myanmar’s secret prisons, before watching South Africa’s response to the continuing genocide in Gaza in the face of the ICJ’s ruling, and the complicity of third party states. Doctor Uché Blackstock then dives right into her background growing up within a community of Black physicians, including her mother, to becoming the first Black mother-daughter legacy graduates from Harvard Med, and touches on the impact of her mother’s passing from leukemia – largely influenced by racialized environmental risk factors – in shaping her perspective on health and race. Next, Dr. Blackstock steps back to tackle the history of Black physicians in the US, looking at the decrease in the rate of Black physicians in the US from 1910-2008, and the impact of the Flexner Report on shutting down many of the thriving Black educational medical institutions, pushing Black people away from the profession and the remaining Black physicians involved out of their communities. After touching on the importance of both policy and institutional pressure to support continued medical practice in marginalized communities, Dr. Blackstock walks Emma through the greater context of racial discrimination in medicine beyond the socioeconomic, including the bias experienced interfacing with the healthcare system, and how the industry approaches issues that predominantly impact Black people and communities of color, before wrapping up with the particular impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black communities. Ken Klippenstein then joins, briefly walking through the recent revelations to the US public of US troop activity in the Middle East, exploring why both the US and the host countries prefer to keep the presence low-key, and why that often results in the US public remaining unaware until personnel are killed. Stepping back, Ken walks Emma through the evolution of the Biden Administration’s transparency on military activity in the region – particularly in the wake of Israel’s siege on Gaza – the role the US is playing in expanding the conflict in Israel, and what to expect from this military presence moving forward.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they walk through the evolving exposé on WWE Tyrant and monopolist Vince McMahon surrounding his myriad sexual abuses, watch Tom Cotton fail to comprehend Asian identities outside of China, and parse through Nikki Haley’s reasonably friendly appearance on the Breakfast Club. Ro Khanna provides some hopeful questioning of the FBI, and Aaron calls in to discuss grappling with family’s perspective on the genocide in Gaza, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:09pm EST

It's Hump Day! And Emma is BACK! Sam and Emma speak with Rena Wong, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) local 663, to discuss the recent strike efforts by grocery workers in Minnesota. Then, they speak with Abby Vesoulis, national politics reporter at Mother Jones, to discuss her recent piece entitled "A Nixon-Era Food Program for Babies and Pregnant People Is Running Out of Cash'. First, Sam runs through updates on US retaliations to the Jordanian drone strikes, House and Senate politics, Elon’s $56 billion bummer, anti-trans legislation in Florida and Utah, DOJ proceedings against Cory Bush, Sinema’s fundraising downfall, Trump’s legal expenditures, and corporate awareness about climate change, before touching on Larry Kudlow and Marjorie Taylor Greene’s pitch to the Fox audience on the impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas. Rena Wong then joins, diving right into the role of UFCW Local 663 in representing many of Minneapolis’ essential workers, and the major issues facing their treatment at the hands of their employers. Wong begins by walking through the major transformations that 663 underwent over 2023, pushed by blatant disrespect from the corporations and their proposals that completely ignored the massive sacrifice their workers undertook during the pandemic, and the incredible profits that resulted from it., tackling the issues of payment, cost of living, and inflation, as well as severe and illegal anti-union campaigns from employers. After touching on the major strike actions that Local 663 undertook last year – including one in the lead-up to Christmas – Rena wraps up with the major factors behind the union’s transformation and the central role of unions in providing employees with the tools and strategy to stand up for each other and themselves. Abby Vesoulis then walks through the major role the WIC program plays in providing millions of mothers, infants, and children in the US with proper nutrition, and the incredibly obvious benefit it provides to society, before stepping back to walk through the inner workings of the program, how it connects with mothers and children, and how it uses its funds. After touching on the GOP’s pressures to cut funding for the program, and their successful attempt to delay its funding, Vesoulis wraps up by looking at the devastating impact cuts to the program could have on millions of Americans.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss Israel’s continued desecration of Palestinian civil society in Gaza and beyond, the US and IDF’s poor attempts to defend these actions, and the Israeli government’s complete lack of respect for the life of anyone – even their own hostages. They also touch on the insanity that is Donald Trump’s foreign policy, talk with Joe from Florida about his issues with the program, discuss being pro-Palestine in Europe with a caller, and watch Benny Johnson talk pop-star psyops, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:37pm EST

It's News Day Tuesday! But first, Sam speaks with Diana Buttu, Palestinian analyst and former legal advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organization, to discuss the International Court of Justice (ICJ)'s recent ruling in the case South Africa brought against Israel. First, Sam runs through updates on US-Israeli military action in the Middle East, the House GOP, US weapons exports, US labor action, Donald Trump, and French farmers, before admiring Florida Rep. Salazar’s poor politicking and walking through the insanity of the West revoking aid for UNRWA in the wake of the International Court of Justice’s ruling against Israel. Diana Buttu then dives into the ICJ’s recent ruling in South Africa’s genocide case against Israel over their war on Gaza, walking through the decision itself, the makeup of the justices, and why the near-unanimity in their decision is completely unsurprising considering South Africa’s overwhelming evidence, also touching on why the ICJ’s ruling is about as close to a ceasefire charge as we could’ve asked for. After walking Sam through the actual working definition of genocide, and the importance of the third-party obligations under the Genocide Convention and ICJ, Buttu assesses the active culpability of the West in Israel’s genocide, furthered by the recent revoking of funding for UNRWA. Wrapping up, they work through Israel’s response to the ICJ ruling, whether they’ll follow the decision, and what to make of much of the Israeli populace’s uncritical support for the ethnic cleansing of Gaza.

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Happy Monday! Sam speaks with Wendy Parmet, professor of law, public policy, and urban affairs at Northeastern University, to discuss her recent book Constitutional Contagion: COVID, the Courts, and Public Health. First, Sam runs through updates on the continued expansion of Israel’s war on Gaza, Israel and Co.’s response to the ICJ ruling by cutting funding to UN Aid groups, the Senate immigration deal, the impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas, Donald Trump’s rape case, and Texas’ secession, before parsing through Nancy Pelosi’s recent allegations that pro-Palestine protesters are just Putin-paid propagandists. Wendy Parmet then joins, diving right into the concept of public health policy, how policymakers assess the impact of their work on broader populations, and the concept of Salus populi suprema lex. Stepping back, Professor Parmet walks Sam through the factors that influence US public health policy, and how those have evolved over the last couple of centuries, first looking to the 19th Century US’s defining element of the institution of slavery, before parsing through the public health policy from vaccine mandates to sanitary measures and food quality regulations that thrived on the state and local levels, and the overwhelming belief in the superiority of common (white) welfare to individual rights. Moving into the 1900s, Parmet explores the decision of Jacobson v. Massachusetts which affirmed the state’s right to mandate vaccinations under criminal consequences, how the era’s rampant epidemics influenced the decision, and looks to the impact of WW2 and the New Deal on the understanding of rights, before tackling the evolution of individual, corporate, and religious rights’ supremacy over regulation during the second half of the century. Wendy and Sam then expand on this as they move into the 21st Century, tackling the mass politicization of the courts, the emergence of the Federalist Society, the Roberts Court’s belief in individualism, and the culmination of the GOP’s attack on the administrative state, assessing how these elements served to undermine and gut the state of US public health, coming to a head with the COVID-19 pandemic. Wrapping up, Professor Parmet tackles the current moment in US public health, and the impact of the recent decimation of the US public health system on our already fraying social contract.

And in the Fun Half: Sam admires the GOP disarray caused by Biden completely capitulating to their immigration policy, talks with Ashley from Vermont about the aptly named IRS leaker Charles Littlejohn, Katrina from NoLa discusses being doxxed by Congresspeople (specifically, Majorie Taylor Greene), and Sean from Washington highlights the pro-Palestinian organizing going on in the NEA and AFT. Sam also highlights the insanity of the GOP going all-in on this bogus Texas secession schtick, Matt from South Texas discusses Texas, and Greta from Upstate NY explores the problems of voting for Biden. Matt Schlapp ponders the horrors of a world where he's held accountable, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:16pm EST

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Heather Digby Parton, contributing writer at Salon.com and proprietor of the blog Hullabaloo, to round up the week in news. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the International Court of Justice’s decision in South Africa’s genocide case against Israel, Biden’s cratering popularity, Trump’s torpedoing of an immigration deal, Biden’s environmental policy, Matt Gaetz’s ethics investigation, Texas’ secession, and Gov. Whitmer’s Michigan policy, before parsing through South Africa and others’ initial reactions to the ICJ’s provisional decisions made against Israel. Digby then joins, diving right into the devolution of Donald Trump over Biden’s presidency, tackling mainstream media’s hesitancy to cover it, and Nikki Haley’s successful undermining of Trump’s status within the GOP, despite his continual cucking of every other GOP candidate. Next, Digby, Emma, and Sam assess Biden’s irrational commitment to the ideology of Bibi Netanyahu, before wrapping up with the likely sacrifice of Mike Johnson, and the chaos brewing between the GOP and the federal government with Texas’ refusal of direct SCOTUS orders.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma parse through the specifics of the ICJ’s provisional orders to Israel, whether Israel will even abide by them, and how the decision provides a chance to reframe the conversation around the genocide in the West, also touching on some fake reports that came out of Israel in the wake of 10/7. Next, they look down south as they watch Ken Paxton attempt to defend Texas’ independent control over the border, with other GOP Governors toeing the line between supporting fascism and not violating the Constitution. Tim Pool gets mad that his guests keep threatening violence, and Peter Navarro gets sentenced, plus, your IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:39pm EST

It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Juliet Hooker, professor of political science at Brown University, to discuss her recent book Black Grief/White Grievance: The Politics Of Loss. Then, she speaks with Zachary Foster, proprietor of the website Palestine Nexus, to discuss the events on the ground in Israel and Gaza. First, Emma runs through updates on the UAW’s endorsement of Joe Biden, Israel’s siege on Gaza, the ICJ’s impending decision on Israel’s genocide, Senate and House politics, GOP fascism, and an Argentinian general strike, before parsing through Greg Abbott’s standoff with the US government, Joe Biden, and the Supreme Court over border control, and Joe Biden’s incredible willingness to capitulate. Julie Hooker then joins, diving right into her discussion of grief and grievance, and what distinguishes the pain and loss suffered under oppression, from the self-victimization and feelings of loss felt by the oppressor as equality, using moments like January 6th and the Black Lives Matter movement to contextualize this within US politics, and to highlight the grave danger to democracy that is White grievance. Next, Professor Hooker steps back and explores how Black people – largely women – are the ones forced to defend against the threat of White grievance to democracy, such as the fights for enfranchisement, student loan relief, and more. Zachary Foster then dives into his work at Palestine Nexus, and the central importance of preserving Palestinian history and culture in a world that is constantly seeking to silence and destroy it. Next, Foster steps back and walks Emma through the evolution of Palestinian identity, with documents both within the Arab world and the West referring to the Palestinian people and land as such beginning in the late 19th Century, well before the establishment of Israel, and solidly as a pre-Zionist identity. Foster and Emma then walk through the evolution of the Zionist project and its impact on the Palestinian people, with a minimal presence through the turn of the century and into the 1900s, only for the end of the British mandate and the rise of Hitler in Germany to fast track the self-proclaimed settler-colonial project. Expanding on this, Foster tackles the influence of European nationalism (and the exclusion of Jews from this process) on both forcing Zionist emigration from Europe and inspiring the settler-colonial tactics that followed, seeing the ethnic cleansing of some 750k Palestinians at the onset of the Nakba in 1948, and continuing throughout the next few years, before looking to the 1967 war, and Israel’s resulting occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights. After summarizing the ongoing occupation as a 56-year process of expulsion, land confiscation, destruction of infrastructure, and active disenfranchisement, Zachary and Emma wrap up the interview by looking at South Africa’s ICJ case against Israel, and the Zionist project’s absurdly narrow attempt to redefine genocide.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:11pm EST

It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with KJ Boyle, research assistant with The Revolving Door Project, to discuss his recent piece in The New Republic entitled "Donald Trump Is No Friend to the Working Class." Then, they speak with Prem Thakker, politics reporter at The Intercept, to discuss his recent reporting on the use of chemical weapons on pro-Palestine demonstrators at Columbia University. And THEN, they are joined by David Bedar, history teacher and member of the Newton Teacher's Association (NTA), to discuss the teacher's union ongoing strike efforts. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Donald Trump’s New Hampshire win, US strikes on Yemen and Iraq, fracturing among the House and Senate GOP, mass layoffs, Sweden’s NATO pitch, Ukraine’s defensive, and US abortion travel bans, before parsing through Nikki Haley’s response to her concrete loss in New Hampshire and Donald Trump’s response to her. KJ Boyle then joins, diving right into his assessment of the incredible flourishing of the US labor movement under President Biden – particularly coming out of Donald Trump’s administration – despite some pushback. Boyle tackles Donald Trump’s very typical GOP approach to the labor wing of his administration, appointing CEOs and union-busting lawyers to the DOL and NLRB, before stepping back to assess Biden’s appointments in Jennifer Abruzzo at the NLRB, and Julie Su as Secretary of Labor, and their importance in pushing us towards a return to the Joy Silk doctrine, and a re-establishment of US labor rights. Prem Thakker, next, walks Sam and Emma through Columbia University’s long history of student activism and divestment campaigns, beyond and including Israel, before running through a briefer summary of the recent developments on Columbia’s campus in the wake of October 7th, which have seen the disbanding of multiple pro-Palestinian student organizations and the rampant discrimination and harassment of Palestinian students and allies. Thakker wraps up with the recent attack on a Colombia protest by alleged Zionist students, and Colombia’s refusal to address the incident without extreme pressure. David Bedar joins from the picket line in Newton, MA, as he walks through the basis for the NTA’s strike in the city and the Mayor’s complete mismanagement of the education sector, from underfunding and understaffing to poor pay and absurdly poor family policy, before wrapping up the show by walking through the incredibly important role of the Newton community and alumni network in standing with the Teachers’ association, and what those of us outside of the community can do to help.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss Jimmy Dore’s new alchemical grift (it’s just Silver Hawkery), Donald Trump shouts out Q in the year 2024 (and it works), and Nikki Haley’s subdued performance among the best possible electorate for her. Barbara Lee kills her debate response to Adam Schiff over calls for a ceasefire, the MR Crew watches another Israeli dissident speak out against their country’s failures and abuses, and Charlie Kirk downgrades his bigotry to purely speculative. Fox calls out the “media training” of the “Vice President” and the super mean statements by “snowflake” AOC, and the MR Crew walks through developments in the Child Tax Credit, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Donald Trump’s widening lead heading into the New Hampshire primaries, the Supreme Court’s decision on the Supremacy clause and Texas’ border policy, Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza, the US and UK’s continuing strikes against Yemen, the US’ growing labor consciousness, Senate policy, and developments in the US tax game, before watching Nikki Haley hold those darn Media Trumpers accountable on Fox and Friends. Next, they parse through Shawn Fain’s recent statements calling for preparations for a General Strike in 2028 (with an apt callback to the Reagan era), and explore the Democrats’ minimal gains from their ongoing capitulation to the GOP’s radical immigration policy. Next, they get into updates out of Gaza, including Israel’s complete decimation of Gaza’s infrastructure and cultural institutions, their flailing military campaign, and why the American people are so “obsessed” with this issue, also touching on Netanyahu’s ongoing battle with the families of Israeli hostages. Wrapping up, Sam and Emma tackle Biden and the UK’s ongoing battle with the Yemeni Houthis, the absurd and destructive futility of the tactic, and tackle Israel’s recent meeting with the EU over their plans for a prison island for Palestinians.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:38pm EST

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Elie Mystal, justice correspondent at The Nation, to discuss the oral arguments that took place at the Supreme Court last week for Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on DeSantis putting a dunce hat on his dunce hat, Netanyahu healthily surviving a no-confidence vote, the growing death toll in Gaza, the US’ “totally not a war” in Yemen, Donald Trump’s widening lead over Nikki Haley, auto union organizing, House tax policy, and Mike Johnson’s speakership, before reflecting on DeSantis’ evolution from Trump fanatic, to Trump heretic, to Trump cuck. Elie Mystal then dives right into the history of SCOTUS’ Chevron Doctrine, with the right championing in the 1980s as Reagan attempted to use his cabinet to cripple the relatively nascent administrative state, and the unanimous decision by the Court to delegate the reading of administrative law to the experts in the agencies, rather than allowing for themselves and lower court judges to dictate the meaning of all legislation. After briefly running through this decision’s relationship to the budding institution of the modern administrative state, and why – despite the conservative origin of the case – it is hugely important for the functioning of government and democracy as a whole, Mystal tackles the massive role the Chevron Doctrine has played since it was established in 1984, deciding some 17,000 cases, and the complete legal chaos that would be caused by overturning it. Elie and Emma also touch on the asymmetrical nature of this fight – with the difficulty of governance further inflamed by the ease of obstruction – and parse through the various ideological stances of the conservative Supreme Court justices that are likely to decide this case, before wrapping up with the future of the fight for the administrative state, why it might lie (unfortunately) in Congress.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Tim Scott campaign in the streets and the sheets for the Vice Presidency, parse through the continuing evolution of Israel’s genocide in Gaza, and the Biden Administration’s refusal to acknowledge the rhetoric coming out of the Israeli government. Michigan voters parse through their major issues with Biden ahead of 2024, Jeffrey from Memphis discusses voting in his first election, and Sam from Portland dives into his city’s housing crisis. Donald Trump basks in DeSantis’ failure, the MR Crew discusses the harrowing impact of the US’ growing abortion bans, Tim Pool blows his chance with Trump Jr., and Sarah from Newton explores the ongoing Newton teachers’ strike. Jeff from Iowa inspires a long conversation on the electoral college and the politics of voting, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:13pm EST

It's Casual Friday! Emma speaks with Alex Pareene, contributing editor at The New Republic and co-host of The Politics of Everything podcast, to round up the week in news. Then, she is joined by Francesca Fiorentini, host of the Bitchuation Room! First, Emma runs through updates on Biden’s war in the Middle East, the backlash to that policy, Netanyahu’s “From the River to the Sea” proclamation, the growing Gaza death toll, Mexico and Chile’s new request for an ICC probe into Israel, Biden’s student loan relief, Congress’ continuing resolution and CTC, and Washington state’s take on Donald Trump’s ballot access, before diving into the recent revelations around the deadly inaction from the Uvalde Police in the Robb Elementary mass shooting in 2022. Alex Pareene then joins, diving into Democrats’ ongoing attempt to pin the accountability for Biden’s war in the Middle East on Brett McGurk, Biden’s NSC Coordinator for the Middle East, and touches on Biden’s recent statements on his strikes on Yemen as a perfect encapsulation of US foreign policy. Alex and Emma also parse through Bibi Netanyahu’s recent statements outrightly rejecting the idea of a Palestinian state, the growing violence in the Middle East, and the hollowness of many 2-state solution arguments. Wrapping up, Pareene touches on Biden’s weak support as the 2024 election cycle begins, also exploring results coming out of the Iowa caucuses, and what the hell the non-Trump candidates are fighting for. Francesca Fiorentini also joins, as she discusses her upcoming shows on the West Coast (including an Emma Vigeland appearance), her Seinfeldian experiences doing stand-up, and grappling with the liberal zionist desire to have their genocide and perpetrate it too. Wrapping up, they watch Matt Lee school the US State Department Spokesperson on Israel’s controlled demolition of Gaza University.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 3:35pm EST

It's another EmMajority Report Thursday. She speaks with Marco Fonseca, instructor in Latin American and International Studies at the York University's Glendon campus, to discuss the circumstances surrounding new Guatemalan president Arévalo's swearing-in. Then, she speaks with Minneapolis City Councilmember Robin Wonsley, to discuss her upcoming goals for her 2nd term in office and her support of a ceasefire resolution that's in front of the council. First, Emma runs through updates on the US striking Yemen for the fourth time, Pakistan’s military response to Iran, Israel’s continuing devastation of Gaza, the politics of the US Senate, Hakeem Jeffries’ defense of Summer Lee, and SCOTUS’ challenge of the Chevron Doctrine, before watching Anthony Blinken ponder the passive tragedy of the ongoing genocide in Gaza. Marco Fonseca then dives right into Bernardo Arévalo de Leon finally assuming the office of the Guatemalan presidency, first walking through his role in Semilla – a party born out of Guatemala’s 2015 anti-corruption protests – and as the son of Juan Jose Arévalo – Guatemala’s first democratically elected president and social and labor icon. Professor Fonseca then steps back to look at the long period of corrupt right-wing rule that proceeded the election of Bernardo Arévalo, beginning in the early 1990s under President Álvaro Arzú with the rise of the “Pact of the Corrupt” in Congress establishing the dominance of the militant neoliberal political class, moving through the 2014-15 revelations by CICIG about the deep corruption in the government and the following backlash that birthed Semilla, and wrapping up the story with the regressive Presidency of Jimmy Morales and Alejandro Giammettei’s failures during COVID. After briefly running through Bernardo Arévalo’s incredible candidacy, Marco gets into the massive political project from the establishment to stop him from assuming office, beginning in September of 2023 with the Public Ministry pushing an attempt to undermine the election authorities and annul the results, and continuing until a surprising move by the US to speak out against the overwhelming corruption in Guatemalan politics. Wrapping up, Fonseca tackles the ultimate swearing-in of Arévalo and the central role of indigenous organizers in making that happen. Robin Wonsley, Minneapolis City Councilmember, then jumps right into her political and organizing background, from the inspiration found in the material conditions of Minneapolis, through the Occupy and BLM movements, and culminating in the George Floyd protests in 2020, the year before her election. Expanding on this, she discusses the importance of political representation that fights for and with community organizers, particularly when it comes to combating political disaffection in a city dominated by a neoliberal establishment. Wrapping up, Councilmember Wonsley walks through the biggest fights she’s had in her first term in the council, from labor policy supporting ride-share drivers to climate change policy and rent control, as she runs for reelection.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they dive deep into an Israeli Spokesperson’s appearance on Channel 4 news, and the insistence of the Pro-Israeli establishment on refusing to acknowledge look at context that isn’t “October 7th” or the Holocaust, even when the topic is decades-long apartheid rule and an ongoing genocide. Flower Bro from San Fransisco calls in to chat third-party voting, the MR Crew admires the merchandising of the Trump Fan Art community, and Ron DeSantis continues to ride the anti-woke ripple, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 1_18_Fonseca_Wonsley_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:23pm EST

 

It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with Joseph Jewell, professor and department head of black studies at the University of Illinois Chicago, to discuss his recent book White Man’s Work: Race and Middle-Class Mobility into the Progressive Era.

First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the Senate voting down Bernie’s call for releasing data on Israeli human rights violations, Hamas negotiations, devastation in Gaza, Iran’s strike on Pakistan, Biden’s redesignation of the Houthis as a terror group, the Chevron doctrine, the Child Tax Credit, the Jet Blue-Spirit merger, growing child labor issues in the US, and Trump’s newest court appearance, also parsing through the developments in the GOP primary coming out of the Iowa caucuses. Joseph Jewell then dives right into his work on the evolution of the race-class nexus in 19th Century America, and the continuing impact of these developments today, including the role of freed black men in Atlanta, Tejano police officers in San Antonio, and Chinese immigration workers in San Fransisco. Professor Jewell then looks to post-Civil War Atlanta, walking through the concentration of former slaves in manual labor and agriculture, and the impact on their freedom – alongside reconstruction’s social policies – in disrupting this racialized labor construction, with a particular impact in funneling Black men into federal work, including the postal service. Expanding on this, Professor Jewell walks through the following evolution of the reconception of these racialized labor stereotypes, restructuring around questioning the role of African Americans in Federal jobs and the trust they can hold in positions with important social functions. Next, Joseph walks Sam through the story of Tejano police officers in the San Antonio police forces over the 1800s, with the repeated blurring and brightening of the lines of whiteness and Tejano identity, with these officers serving an important role in rounding up Black and brown criminals, a quality which took on even more importance post-Civil War, despite rarely holding any power in the department. Expanding on this, they tackle the use of drug stereotypes in pushing back on the growing role of Tejanos in the public workforce, with a specific emphasis on the role of alcohol in Tejano communities. Professor Jewell then looks to the Bay Area and the role of Chinese-American workers – largely as Chinese translators – in US immigration offices, exploring the similar parallels in reframing the conversation around a stereotype that undermines trust in these non-white races to perform honestly in a white political system, emphasized in the firing of one Richard Williams, before wrapping up with the lasting legacy of each of these stories on the modern relationship between class and race in the US.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Bassem Youssef school PBD2 on the facts around the ethnic cleansing and genocide of Gaza, listen to Palestinian filmmaker Bisan Owda ask “what would you do,” and parse through the Biden Administration’s inhumane and unconditional support for Israel’s genocidal aims. Taylor Swift drives the right insane by having political opinions, Sam from Baltimore dives into the Maryland Senate race, and Patrick from Buffalo discusses global warming. Amber from Northern VA discusses the Democrat-GOP gulf on Trans issues and how to grapple with that when organizing, Malika from Raleigh gives her take on the obsession with youth politics, and the MR Crew chats about the shortcomings of the “voting privilege” conversation, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 1_17_Jewell_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:35pm EST

It's News Day Tuesday! The MR Crew is back from the long weekend! They speak with Dave Weigel, author of the "Americana" newsletter at Semafor, to break down the results from last night's Iowa Republican Caucus.

 First, Sam runs through updates on the expanding conflict in the Middle East, the massive pro-Palestine demonstrations across the globe this weekend, Israel’s ongoing assault on Gaza, Biden’s reelection campaign, congressional policy, and Texas’ expanding domination over US border policy, plus, Vivek is cake, and Ron DeSantis is humiliated coming out of the Iowa caucus. Dave Weigel then joins, jumping right into his experience at yesterday’s Iowa caucus and how the media presented Donald Trump’s decisive win. Weigel then looks to second place, as he walks through what the Iowa results mean for Ron DeSantis’ continuing struggle, voter turnout, and what the small gap between DeSantis and Nikki Haley in third shows about the right’s general lackluster feel for non-Trump candidates. Expanding on this, Dave and Sam preview the upcoming New Hampshire primary, looking at the vast differences between the two electorates, the importance of the race as an inevitable Haley home loss looms in the next primary, and how the Democrats are organizing around it. Next, they discuss Biden’s complete capitulation to a dwindling GOP majority in the House on Immigration, why it will do nothing to win him any votes, and everything to let Republicans define the debate, before wrapping up with how Biden’s support for Israel is dampening the minimal excitement for his campaign that exists. Sam expands on this as he parses through Texas’ recent move to block Border Patrol from rescuing migrants crossing the Rio Grande, resulting in the death of a mother and two kids, before touching on the regionalization of Israel’s war on Gaza, and the Biden Administration’s insistence on maintaining the obvious Kabuki theater around pressuring Israel to not do a genocide.

And in the Fun Half: Sam explores recent polling on US citizens’ preference between a functioning democracy and an economy, a caller asks about swaying his pro-Israel parents, and thought-leaders Tommy Tuberville and Larry Kudlow discuss the hoax of Climate Change, which is a very real threat from China. Christian from Grand Rapids discusses mobilizing for electoral issues, Matt Walsh talks about the absurdity of scientists being able to do science, the Sunrise movement meets Donald Trump, and Marty from the Amish Country walks through his experience at this weekend’s march for Palestine in DC and his thoughts on the Cop City-IDF connection. Kowalski from Nebraska dives into the unprecedented horrors of Climate Change, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 1_16_Weigel_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:14pm EST

Happy Martin Luther King Day!  MR's compilation of MLK-related audio returns!

Excerpts include:

-A previously unheard speech from MLK on reparations, white economic anxiety and guaranteed income

-Dr. King’s first TV “interview” from the show “The Open Mind – The New Negro” in 1957, hosted by Professor Richard D. Hefner.

-"Beyond Vietnam", the speech delivered on April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City.

-MLK’s last speech, “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution“, delivered at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., on 31 March 1968.

-Walter Cronkite reporting King’s assassination in 1968.

-Nina Simone performing the song “Why?” live, 3 days following MLK’s assassination at the Westbury Music Fair on Long Island in April 1968.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:41pm EST

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Osita Nwanevu, contributing editor at the New Republic, to discuss his most recent piece on free speech and to round up the week in news.

Also, David Feldman joins us! First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the US-UK strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen, Israel’s defense at the Hague, Donald Trump’s defense in NYC, Bernie’s new foreign policy resolution, the child tax credit, the mutiny against Mike Johnson, and DeSantis’ DeMoralization, also touching on the right’s idiotic attempt to pin the Boeing crashes on DEI and wokeness. Osita Nwanevu then joins, looking at the US and UK’s recent bombing of Yemen as another theater in Israel’s ever-expanding war on Gaza, also walking through the justifiable political maneuver the Houthis were engaging in, and Biden’s ongoing attempt to undermine his presentation as the stabilizing, empathetic Presidential candidate heading into 2024’s election. Next, they parse through some of South Africa’s early arguments against Israel at the International Court of Justice, with a particular focus on the rhetoric coming out of the Israeli government and military, before wrapping up with an assessment of the US and Biden Administration’s dwindling credibility. David Feldman then joins for some good-natured ribbing, an in-depth analysis of Iowan politics, and an identity crisis, as he pitches his new podcast alongside religious conversion therapy.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma look at some of the early arguments at the ICJ, watch Donald Trump use Biden’s wars to pitch himself as the sane candidate, and Greg Abbott laments his inability to shoot migrants. Laura Ingraham presents her obtuse angle on Biden’s border deal, Matt Walsh isn’t gay, Aaron from LA highlights some labor action coming out of CA, and Marion from Memphis discusses the value of child labor, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:12pm EST

It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! Emma speaks with Ussama Makdisi, professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley, to discuss the subject matter of his book Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World. Then, she speaks with Rune Moller Stahl, assistant professor in political economy at Copenhagen Business School, to discuss his recent piece in Jacobin entitled "Tesla Has Bitten Off More Than It Can Chew by Picking a Fight With Swedish Unions." First, Emma runs through updates on Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing of Gaza, the UAW’s expansion, the GOP primary, GOP policy, and GOP politics, before touching on some of the opening statements at the International Court of Justice. Ussama Makdisi then joins, diving right into the deep historical context of the case against Israel at the ICJ, looking first at the roots of Zionism in the 1800s as a response to intense antisemitism in Europe, and as a project that took inspiration from Europe in its nationalist, colonialist solution. Expanding on this, Professor Makdisi explores the prevalence of multi-religious coexistence across the Middle East in that era, particularly between Arabs and Jews, how that extended to Palestine, and the culture of denialism around both pre-Nakba Palestinian culture, and the Nakba itself, before touching on the roots of said issues in the west’s Islamophobia, and antisemitism. After briefly touching on the inspiration Israel takes from the white supremacist regimes of South Africa and Jim Crow USA, Ussama and Emma discuss the establishment of Israel within the context of Europe’s greater colonial project in the Middle East, before wrapping up the interview by touching on South Africa’s case at the ICJ.  Rune Moller Stahl then walks Emma through the evolving multi-industry and multi-national strike against Tesla in the Nordic countries, beginning with Tesla technicians walking off their jobs in demand of a collective agreement, before sympathy strikes swiftly spread across unions throughout Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland. After expanding on the cultural divide between Elon Musk’s anti-union attitude and the Nordic model, Professor Stahl parses through the distinct roles of unions in the United States and Sweden, and how they differ in power, organizing, and action.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton as they tackle John Fetterman’s turn as he speaks against South Africa’s case against Israel at the ICJ, Nick from Pittsburgh dives into political organizing in PA, Corey from Indianapolis discusses ZuckNuts, and Donald Trump gives a genuine answer on the GOP’s fanatical pro-life segments. PBD and Co. discuss yoga pants, Gage from Salt Lake City on the lingering presence of 1/6, and Armando in Portland tackles the DEI-Airline conspiracy. Chris Christie gets props from Trump, and it’s not for dropping out, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 1_11_24_Makdisi_Stahl_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:59pm EST

It's Hump Day! Sam speaks with Alex Press, staff writer at Jacobin, to discuss her recent piece entitled "In 2023, the US Working Class Fought Back." Then, they speak with Bill McKibben, contributing writer at The New Yorker and founder of ThirdAct.org, to discuss how 2023 was the hottest year on record. First, Sam runs through updates on Israel’s direct statements of ethnic cleansing in front of Secretary Blinken, Trump’s attempted immunity case, tonight’s GOP debate, the government shutdown, Mayorkas’ potential impeachment, labor action, and free lunch, before listening to Trump’s attorney’s desperation in the face of literally any line of actual legal questioning. Alex Press then joins, diving right into the numbers behind 2023’s labor boom which saw some 500k workers striking – doubling 2022’s numbers (which doubled those of 2021) – with a particular boom in action in the union-sparse private sector. After walking through the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on inspiring this post-crisis wave of labor action, Press steps back to explore the massive influence of the Chicago Teachers Union strike on the evolution of the US labor world, alongside movements like Occupy, Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign, and the 2020 uprisings, in shaping the current organizing movement. Next, Alex and Sam touch on the incredible moves made by the NLRB in 2023 – including Card Check lite – and what they’d like to see from the board moving forward, before wrapping up with her expectations on major strikes (and the influence of Shawn Fain’s UAW) heading into 2024. Then, Bill McKibben and Sam tackle the complete silence following 2023’s record-setting heat numbers, the overwhelming influence of “climate delayers” in US politics, and the fossil fuel industry’s 8-figure ad campaign to keep the US population on their side. After briefly expanding on the growth of both renewable energy and the extreme impacts of climate change in 2023, McKibben dives into the massive growth of US oil production and natural gas, the greenhouse explosion it has been causing, and the pressing need for Biden to make choices beyond the important changes in 2022’s Inflation Reduction Act. Wrapping up, Bill emphasizes the threat of growing US industry and the influence of Big Oil heading into 2024.

And in the Fun Half: Sam watches as Blinken continues to bend the knee to Israel on the world stage, Gideon Levy unpacks the horrors Israel is currently inflicting on Gaza, and Tim Pool goes to bat for Boeing and the private plane industry as they remain under threat by DEI. Tony from California discusses using the blueprint of the Dobbs decision to undermine the right, Elliot from Washington dives into Epic Games’ destruction of Bandcamp, and Tulsi endorses the ‘Free’ Speech of Twitter. Dave Rubin asks if it’s racist to be racist if they’re immigrants, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 1_10_24_Press_McKibben_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:15pm EST

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. We'll also be joined by Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_dc). First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Donald Trump’s ballot appeal, Blinken’s visit to Israel, the mass arrest at Pro-Palestine protests in NYC, GOP infighting and a looming government shutdown, global warming, Nikki Haley’s rise, the battle over Mayorkas, and Twitter’s journalist purge, before diving into Biden supporters’ problematic response to a Pro-Palestine protest. Mark Joseph Stern then joins, diving right into the focus on the 14th Amendment’s Section III in Donald Trump’s ongoing ballot-access case, with both Colorado and Maine citing it for their exclusion of him from both primary and general election ballots, parsing through the details of the clause, and the dependence of a congressional vote to reallow any insurrectionists to run for office. Expanding on this, Stern parses through the various legal (and more likely, political) avenues Trump’s legal team could take, and where the various conservative – yet supposedly originalist – Supreme Court justices might land. Next, they look into the ongoing Supreme Court case around Idaho’s near-total abortion ban, including SCOTUS overturning a stay on the ban, and how the ban weaponizes punitive measures against both doctors and patients. Sam and Emma also cover Mike Johnson’s total ripoff of Kevin McCarthy’s speakership, a new ruling on the gig economy, and Twitter’s most recent round of anti-journalist suspensions.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma tackle the importance of voting this year – with a shout to Olayemi Olurin’s recent video – Missouri’s Secretary of State attempts to turn whataboutism into a legal argument to ban Biden from the ballot, and the crew tackles Israeli politician Ofer Cassif joining South Africa’s case charging Israel with crimes of genocide. Alex Jones, Jimmy Dore, and Eric Adams give their low-level supervillain takes on immigration, and Donald Trump goes on Lindell TV to take down the idea of climate change. Miguel from Arkansas discusses the role of Kamala Harris moving forward, Mel from Texas gives some updates on the evolution of college admissions amidst attacks on higher education, and Jon Does from Tampa and Michigan tackles military service and Biden’s electoral problems, respectively. The Tim Pool compound goes Neverland Ranch, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:58pm EST

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Neil Kraus, professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, to discuss his recent book The Fantasy Economy: Neoliberalism, Inequality, and the Education Reform Movement. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s continuing strikes in Lebanon, the growing death count in Gaza, Congress averting a government shutdown and funding wars, Medicare, Wayne LaPierre’s reign over the NRA, and another brewing Boebert scandal, before parsing through the new footage from January 6 (now three years out), and the evolution of the GOP’s attempt to spin it. Neil Kraus then joins, diving right into the fantasy of the neoliberal consensus that has reshaped the economy, and our education system, in the interests of corporations and the wealthy, exploring, in particular, how it has manufactured an antagonistic relationship between the public and our education system. Expanding on this, Professor Kraus tackles the myths that the political class has perpetrated against education, pinning the blame on the system for everything from employment and wages to failing industry, before stepping back to tackle the failures of these myths, and how they obscure the role of general economic conditions. After assessing the neoliberal-libertarian coalition in the attack on public and higher education, Neil, Sam, and Emma discuss whether we are at the end of the neoliberal consensus, and what it will take to swing the political fight over education.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss Donald Trump’s theories on magnets, Obamacare, and the Civil War – each growing in concern – watch Mehdi Hasan’s final sign-off on NBC, and get another British masterclass on the weaponization of white feminism. Brett Weinstein and Dave Rubin discuss the trauma of being blocked by Elon Musk, Cory from Branton breaks Sam’s heart, and Rocko in the UK expands on the implications of insurrection, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:03pm EST

It's Casual Friday, the first of 2024! Sam and Emma round up the short week in news, joined by Ryan Grim.

First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s expanding war ambitions, evolving US involvement (and the potential for conditioned aid), the US economy, Elon Musk’s lawsuit against the NLRB, the GOP impeachment bit, and the trillions in untaxed profits among the country’s capitalist, before parsing through the right’s continued commitment to the anti-covid schtick. Ryan Grim then joins, as he reflects on US State Department Spox. Matthew Miller’s response to Grim’s recent questions on South Africa’s suit against Israel over their crimes of genocide in Gaza, and the likelihood of State Department officials becoming implicated, before they step back and walk through the greater basis for South Africa’s case, and where the US' complicity comes into play. Expanding on this, they walk through the cratering opinion of Israel both domestically and internationally, the incredible media bubble that the Israeli population lives under, and the intense sphere of IDF control around any news coming out of Israel or Palestine, before briefly touching on the extent of the political cost Biden is willing to acknowledge (much less respond to). Wrapping up, they tackle the future of GOP Congressional control amid their impeachment proceedings and discuss the ongoing democratic crisis in Pakistan.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Dave Rubin latch onto the right’s current anti-Ivy League moment in the media, unpack Jimmy Dore’s most recent attempt to kill people, and tackle Nikki Haley’s ongoing struggle with “answering questions.” Christian from Grand Rapids discusses Hill Harper’s senate campaign, Danny in Texas dives into MR’s evolution, and Chris from Northern VA challenges Sam and Emma over their electoral stances heading into 2024. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:07pm EST

It's an EmMajority Report Thursday, the first of 2024! She speaks with Dr. Sydney Calkin, senior lecturer in the School of Geography at Queen Mary University in London, to discuss her recent book Abortion Pills Go Global: Reproductive Freedom across Borders. Then, she speaks with Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois, to discuss South Africa filing a case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Israel over its actions in Gaza.

First, Emma runs through updates on the US taking actions against the Houthis over the conflict in the Red Sea, Israel’s mounting death toll in Gaza, the US’ reaction to South Africa’s charge of Genocide against Israel, the murder of a New Jersey Imam, Ilhan Omar’s attempt to block Saudi and UAE arms sales, the Epstein files, Donald Trump’s corruption, Lina Khan’s FTC, the DOJ vs. Texas, and DeSantis anti-vax administration, before parsing through Joy Reid’s recent interview with a Palestinian American member of the Biden Admin who resigned in protest. Sydney Calkin then joins, diving right into general perceptions of the illegal abortion industry, with generally violent pictures coming to mind, and how that contrasts with the reality of countries where black market access to abortion pills like Mifepristone and Misoprostol allows women to rely on restricted drugs to perform generally safe, at home abortions. Calkin then walks through the role of the abortion pill in a post-Roe v. Wade United States, playing a major role in states both with and without abortion access, before expanding the picture as she looks to the pill’s role in recent reforms in Poland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Next, Sydney walks Emma through her particular interest in the illegal cross-border dealing of this drug, before analyzing the central role it played in redefining what abortion could look like, and wrapping up with a quick assessment of the continuing fight for reproductive rights. Francis Boyle then runs through a quick background on the UN’s International Court of Justice and the criminal suit South Africa has brought against Israel over their genocide of Palestinians, exploring his personal history as the first lawyer to win a case on genocide at this court, and why precedent suggests South Africa has a strong chance of winning. After parsing through the difference between the ICJ and the ICC – the latter of which has a history of failing Palestinians – and what this suit means for both Israel and South Africa, Francis and Emma discuss John Kirby’s diminishment of the case, and explore the active complicity of the US government per the ICJ’s statutes. Boyle wraps up with a quick analysis of the relevant legal text and assesses the expected timeframe of the case.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they tackle the recently released Epstein documents, including a feature of fan-favorite Alan Dershowitz, watch Pope of the Jews go after President Gay, and listen to Dan from Oceanside discuss the future of Baby Boomer politics. Dave from Jamaica calls in for his takes on Ben Shapiro’s attacks on former Harvard president Claudine Gay, Tim Pool revises Nikki Haley’s Civil War revisionism, and the MR Crew reflects on the absurdity of caring about citation practices as a proxy for genocide, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:11pm EST

It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with Trita Parsi, executive vice president at the Quincy Institute, to discuss the state of play in Israel/Gaza nearly 3 months after October 7th. Then, they're joined by Paul Ortiz, professor of history at the University of Florida, to discuss how unions in Florida have been pushing back against Gov. Ron DeSantis's draconian anti-labor policy in the state.

First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the recent attack on Iran’s memorial for General Soleimani that killed 100, Israel’s drone strike in Beirut, Bernie’s call to block additional funding for Israel, the Fed’s case against Menendez, the House GOP’s consolidation around Trump as their majority thins, Texan fascism, and the Ivy president debacle, before parsing through Israel’s absurd escalation of their ongoing conflict to the wider region of the Middle East. After briefly tackling the growing indictments against Senator Bob Menendez, Trita Parsi joins to discuss Israel expanding its offensive to Beirut and Damascus alongside the unclaimed terror attack, all serving to reinforce Israel’s desire to bring this conflict onto the regional stage. Expanding on this, Parsi discusses Israel’s apparent tact of provoking a military response from Iran, or a greater escalation from Hezbollah, and why that hinges on the US’ unconditional support for Israel’s disproportionate responses. Next, Trita, Sam, and Emma parse through what this potential escalation means for direct US military action, including the clear alignment of Houthi attacks on US troops with Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing of Gaza, and what it means for Israel’s multi-decade attempt to inspire war between the US and Iran. Wrapping up, Parsi looks at the Biden Administration’s unwavering support for this conflict, and whether there’s any hope for his electoral coalition moving forward. Paul Ortiz then joins, as he walks through the history of the United Faculty of Florida, formed in the 1970s in response to decades of attacks against Floridian educators over criticizing the American right or supporting progressive causes, and contextualizes their current work within the Florida Education Association. After expanding on the ongoing bout of attacks against educational freedom by Ron DeSantis’ administration, with help from Chris Rufo, Ortiz dives into the union’s emphasis on the social justice model of organizing, using community ties and interaction to bolster their intersectional approach to supporting their teachers amid ongoing attacks, before wrapping up with an assessment of UFF’s incredible success in fighting back against fascism, and the hope that lies in the students they support.  

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Israel’s telling response to South Africa initiating a suit against them over crimes of genocide in the International Criminal Court, Michael Knowles pleads with his followers to make Nazi propaganda out of beloved animated children’s characters, and Tim Pool reflects on the pre-Mohammad era of humanity. Aaron Rodgers puts his bad foot in his mouth over the Epstein list, Nick from Michigan discusses pressuring Biden from the left (and the importance of the Democratic primaries in doing so), Aaron from Texas dissects the hypocrisy of Bill Maher, and Nick from Winnepeig on talking with conservatives, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:22pm EST

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It's the first News Day Tuesday of 2024! The MR Crew is back to catch up on the biggest headlines of the last week. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s continuing siege on Gaza, the Israeli government’s open admittance of ethnic cleansing, Biden’s bypassing of Congress in weapons sales to Israel, Biden’s low polling numbers, Donald Trump’s appeal of Colorado’s ballot ban, Kathy Hochul’s veto, the Epstein docs, NLRB rulings, and 2023’s dropping homicide rates, before tackling Trump’s fascist agenda and watching Fox’s take on the GOP nomination if Trump is indicted. After briefly running through the escalation of Israel’s war on Gaza to a regional conflict, they watch Nikki Haley attempt to toe the line between being an overt racist and insinuating the Civil War was about slavery, and Steve Bannon and Jack Posobiac tackle why the far-right won’t ever accept her (she’s a woman). Next, they parse through Biden’s incredibly poor polling numbers heading into 2024, what that means heading into the election, and why an electorally-focused agenda would focus more on economic policy rather than funding a genocide, before parsing through Israeli officials’ recent statements highlighting their overt policy of ethnic cleansing. Wrapping up, the MR team tackles the repressive media bubble inside Israel, the genocidal perspective of the Israeli public, and highlights the recent arrest of Tal Mitnick over his refusal to serve Israel’s genocidal regime.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

HAPPY NEW YEAR! It's the 5th and FINAL day of the Majority Report's Best Ofs of 2023. First, the MR Crew revisit their interview with Ilan Pappe, professor of history at the University of Exeter and Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies, to discuss the ongoing conflict in Israel and Gaza. Then, comedian David Feldman of The David Feldman Show (or is it?)

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:04pm EST

It's day 4 of the Majority Report Best Ofs of 2023! First, the MR Crew revisit their interview with Jane McAlevey, Senior Policy Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley's Labor Center, to discuss her recent book Rules to Win By: Power and Participation in Union Negotiations. Then, Emma revisits her conversation with Camille Rey, a mother of a trans child who left Texas and moved out of state due to Texas's extremely restrictive anti-trans laws. And THEN, H. Jon Benjamin calls into the program to discuss Sam's future with Bob's Burgers.

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Direct download: 12_29_Best_Of.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:25pm EST

It's Day 3 of the Majority Report Best Ofs of 2023! First, the MR Crew revisits their interview Gerald Horne, Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, to discuss his recent book The Counter-Revolution of 1836: Texas Slavery & Jim Crow and the Roots of U.S. Fascism. And then, they revisit an interview from all the way back in December of 2022 with Adam Hochschild, lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism, to discuss his recent book American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy's Forgotten Crisis.

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Direct download: 12_28_Best_Of.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:38pm EST

It's Day 2 of the Majority Report's Best Ofs of the year! First, the MR Crew revisit their interview with Clara Mattei, Assistant Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research, to discuss her recent book The Capital Order: How Economists Invented Austerity and Paved the Way to Fascism. Then, Emma revisits her conversation with Noah Kulwin and Brendan James to discuss the most recent season of the Blowback podcast. And then, comedian Judy Gold, host of the Kill Me Now podcast!

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Direct download: 12_27_best_of.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:56pm EST

It's Day 1 of the Majority Report's Best Ofs of the year! The Crew revisit their conversation with Naomi Oreskes, professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, author of The Big Myth: How American Business Taught Us to Loathe Government and Love the Free Market, co-authored with Erik Conway. And then, comedian Andy Kindler, host of the Thought Spiral podcast!

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Direct download: 12_26_Oreskes_Kindler.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:21pm EST

It's Casual Friday and the LAST LIVE MAJORITY REPORT OF 2023! Sam and Emma are joined by Heather Digby Parton, contributing writer at Salon.com and proprietor of the blog Hullabaloo, to round up the week in news and to preview what's to come in 2024. First, Sam and Emma react to another call from Republicans, this time from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on NewsMax, to mull the idea of removing Biden from the presidential ballot in red states due to...treason based off of Biden's border policies and Biden's risk of getting impeached (sound familiar?). Then, Digby joins the program and the MR Crew discuss what a crazy year 2023 has been, with the sheer volume and intensity of news stories (can you believe the East Palestine accident was THIS calendar year?) They then discuss the state of the economy and Biden's 2024 prospects, as Digby attempts to inject some "hopium" into the doom-and-gloom discussions surrounding whether Biden at this point might be an underdog to Trump in their hypothetical 2024 contest. They also discuss the impotence of House Republicans, as well as the looming theocratic threat of Speaker Mike Johnson.

And, in the Fun Half, Sam, Emma, and Bradley discuss Laura Ingraham's latest crackpot conspiracy theory that Democrats bringing up Trump's Hitlerian rhetoric is part of a larger push to institute universal mail-in voting, Jesse Watters & Stephen Miller's continued efforts to mainstream the Great Replacement Theory as a matter of official GOP policy, as well as Tennessee Rep. Tim Burchett continuing to hint that yes, some House Republicans are being blackmailed to switch votes. They then touch on the truly important work that Joe Rogan Experience producer Jamie does in fact checking Rogan when he says completely false and misguided things on his very lucrative podcast, including attributing a quote to President Biden that was, you guessed it, Biden quoting Trump. They end the year by checking in on Tim Pool speaking with Marianne Williamson, and not-so-convincingly pretending like he's forgotten who Emma was, only 6 months after she was offered a tour, sushi, and poker with the boys. Plus, your calls & IM's!

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Direct download: 12-22_Digby_Pub.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 3:42pm EST

It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Timothy M. Gill, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to discuss his recent book Encountering US Empire in Socialist Venezuela: The Legacy of Race, Neo-Colonialism, and Democracy Promotion. Then, she is joined by David Adler, Co-General Coordinator of the Progressive International, to discuss what has transpired since Argentinian President Milei's took power. First, Emma runs through updates on the UN’s unlikely ceasefire vote, continuing reports on Israeli war crimes, US-Venezuela relations, protests in Argentina, a mass shooting in Prague, GOP primary polling, growing challenges to union-busting in the US, and the incredible use of the MTA’s funding, before parsing through a recent CNN report on the unsurprising role Israeli Settlers play in the West Bank. Timothy Gill then joins, diving right into the developments in US-Venezuela relations, including a drawback of US sanctions and a prisoner swap, and what that means moving forward. Next, Gill steps back to walk Emma through the history of the US’ neocolonial approach to Venezuela, occurring at the beginning of a shift away from blunt displays of US power towards more subtle attempts at “Democracy Building,” like the funding and bolstering sympathetic actors and political parties. Expanding on this, Gill and Emma tackle the role of NGOs and political organizations in laundering US dollars to train long-term efforts to manipulate Venezuelan elections, and how that’s reflected by the executive branch with the eager backing of un-elected leaders, first in the wake of the coup of Hugo Chávez and more recently with their uplifting of Juan Guaidó, before parsing through the particular role of the Chávez Administration – and their opposition to the US’ global war on terror – in shifting the US stance toward Venezuela. Wrapping up, Gill explores the role of anti-imperialism as a patriotic force within Venezuela, and touches on the lingering tentacles of US neo-colonialism. David Adler then jumps right into the early action of Javier Milei’s administration in Argentina as a direct representation of his extreme anarcho-capitalist ideology and his coalition with the “Law and Order” right, including an unprecedented crackdown on peaceful protests with direct attacks on their rights and welfare as they speak out against his attacks on their rights and welfare. Adler also parses through Milei’s most recent display of hyper-neoliberalism – via a sweeping 600-article piece of legislation – before exploring the strong majority with which Milei won office, and what that means for the staunch backlash to his early actions. After expanding on the important context of massive foreign debt left by Mauricio Marcri’s Administration, David and Emma wrap up with an assessment of yesterday’s mass protests of the free-speech crackdown by Milei, and what that suggests for the future of the administration.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they reflect on the politics of Late Night TV and the coverage of women in 2000s media, listen to Tim Pool’s newest song courtesy of DJ Danarchy, and watch Tulsi Gabbard unite islamophobia and antisemitism at TPUSA’s America Fest. The MR Crew also parses through John Fetterman’s apparent right-wing turn as he goes all in on the ethnic cleansing of Gaza and brutal US immigration policies, and Sargent Flux from the MR Chat calls in to talk SSDI reform, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-21_Gill_Adler.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 3:33pm EST

It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with Joshua Kaplan, reporter at ProPublica, to discuss recent reporting surrounding Justice Clarence Thomas's finances. Then, they speak with Roge Karma, staff writer at The Atlantic, to discuss his recent piece entitled "The Secretive Industry Devouring the U.S. Economy." First, Sam and Emma run through updates on DT getting DQ’ed from CO’s ballot, the US vetoing another UN ceasefire resolution, dropping US housing aid, environmental policy, Tennessee fascism, EU immigration policies, 2023’s precipitous drop in crime, and US-China relations, before diving into Trump’s active embrace of Nazi rhetoric. Josh Kaplan then joins, diving right into the new revelations that document Clarence Thomas’ pleas to sitting GOP officials to boost SCOTUS Justice pay in the years before the takeoff of his relationships with billionaire benefactors Leonard Leo and Harlan Crow. Expanding on this, Kaplan walks Sam and Emma through the shady details of these “requests,” alongside the shady execution of payments to both Justice Thomas and his wife, and how these elements helped keep this budding (and blatantly corrupt) relationship behind a curtain. Finally, they wrap up the interview by looking at the next steps the Senate must take, and what lingering questions remain. Roge Karma then brings Sam and Emma through the evolution of Private Equity’s takeover of the US economy over the last few decades, the role of the financial crisis in driving their proliferation, and the particular issue of their privatization – and thus the obscuring – of the operations of so much of our economy. Next, Karma explores how Private Equity systematically buys up massive public companies and entire private industries only to kill their services and sell them off for a profit – a tactic that extends to lifesaving services like nursing homes, which has resulted in some 20 thousand deaths – alongside taking up the “shadier” operations of legitimate companies and removing any kind of oversight. He also explores the potential of a collapse of the Private Equity industry and what shockwaves that could have on the rest of the US economy, before wrapping up with ongoing FTC challenges to the industry, and what the ideal financial reform would be.

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Direct download: 12-20_Kaplan_Karma_Pub.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 3:26pm EST

It's News Day Tuesday! But first, Sam and Emma speak with Peter Beinart, editor-at-large at Jewish Currents, author of the Beinart Notebook on SubStack, and professor at the CUNY School of Journalism, to discuss his recent piece entitled "Harvard Is Ignoring Its Own Antisemitism Experts." First, Sam and Emma run through updates on an upcoming UN Security Council ceasefire vote, the Huthis’ attacks on Red Sea shipping lanes, Biden’s record (low) polling numbers, Google’s monopolies, Rudy’s big mouth, Medicaid, Texan fascism, and the EU’s take-on of Twitter, also touching on the – uh – ‘diverse’ representations of Trump’s agenda between members of the GOP and the actual Donald Trump himself. Peter Beinart then joins, first tackling the evolution of the discourse around Israel’s apartheid state over the last two months, before assessing the particular impact of Hamas’ October 7th attacks in changing that conversation. Continuing, Beinart walks Sam and Emma through the consistent stifling of any non-violence Palestinian resistance movements and how that contrasts with the success of Hamas’ and Hezbollah’s militant actions to affirm the necessity of violence in the resistance, also touching on how this violence alongside the constant violence of the Israeli occupation gives little to no room for “legitimate” political movements to flourish. Next, they step back to look at the US in particular, exploring how, particularly among more conservative and traditional Americans (including Joe Biden), the direct parallels between the founding myths of the US and Israel bring out a passionate defense of settler-colonialism, and how the recentering of colonization and imperialism in a modern-day setting brings into question narratives of the moral arc of progress. After briefly touching on the ongoing divide in the “University” discourse, Beinart, Sam, and Emma look to the statist zionist project in general, exploring the absolute failure of Israel in creating any semblance of a safe space for Jewish people and why the only way to stop a violent anti-apartheid movement is ending apartheid, before they wrap up with an assessment of the Israeli polis, and what the “left” and “right” actually mean in Israel.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma run through some highlights from this weekend’s TPUSA “America Fest,” plus John from San Antonio parses through AIPAC-DMFI’s mass investment against Democratic candidates of color and the future of Biden’s candidacy. They also parse through updates on the joint planning of January 6th between Trump’s administration and conservative organizers, Kaitlan Collins continues her evisceration of Ron Johnson, Israeli politicians show off their dearth of knowledge about their own political situation, and Malcolm at Harvard calls in to discuss his perspective on Harvard’s campus ongoings. They wrap up the fun half with some uplifting content courtesy of America’s Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Eric Adams, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-19_Beinart_Pub.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 4:09pm EST

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Diane Winston, Professor of Journalism and Communication at the University of Southern California, to discuss her recent book Righting the American Dream: How the Media Mainstreamed Reagan’s Evangelical Vision. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s murder of Israeli hostages, Netanyahu’s political career, Pope Francis’ reign, immigration reform, Biden’s polling numbers, Rudy’s big suit, the Florida GOP Chair, Clarence Thomas’ (and the Supreme Court’s) corruption, and the battles of the administrative state. Diane Winston then joins, jumping right into a background on Ronald Reagan’s religiosity, and how – despite media presentation – it was a consistent through line in his life, and central to his successful pivot from Democrat and former Union President, to GOP Governor of California, as he emphasized his born again bona fides in his plea to the supposed “moral majority.” Next, Winston walks Sam and Emma through the contrast between the representation of Ronald Reagan’s Christianity in the media and how it was viewed and interpreted by his base, with the media largely ignoring it – or at most taking it with a grain of salt – allowing him to imbue political messages with the moral concepts of the evangelical community (e.g. lowering taxes to raise “personal responsibility”), set the conversation around policy, and reinvent conservatism as a hopeful ideology. After briefly expanding on the role of religion and religious law in his administration, Winston, Sam, and Emma wrap up with an assessment of the direct line between the anti-government and pro-market government of Reagan to the fascistic and anti-human GOP of today.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma parse through the coverage of Israel’s unsurprising and indiscriminate murder of their own civilians, the past and future of Netanyahu’s domination of Israel’s apartheid regime, and watch Ehud Olmert acknowledge exactly that. They also bask in the glory of Rudy’s near $150 million defamation suit, the GOP’s continued struggle to define Biden’s impeachable offenses, DeSantis’ cuckery, and the Pope’s recent moral battles, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12_18_Winston_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:44pm EST

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with David Dayen, executive editor at the American Prospect, to round up the week in news.

 First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Western aid to Ukraine and Israel, Pritzker’s assault weapons ban, Biden caving on right-wing immigration reform, the Fed’s rate cuts, and the GOP’s Santos replacement, before watching Shawn Fain continue his militant labor activism as he takes a stand with the UAW against the relentless bombing of Gaza. David Dayen then joins as he previews the American Prospect’s upcoming telethon stream, before diving into the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, first tackling the internal politics behind the policy in the bill, and then parsing through the particulars of the bill, including the revamping of the US surveillance apparatus. Next, Dayen steps back as he, Sam, and Emma assess the state of this Congress, tackling the insanely low quantity of bills passed – the majority of which are simply naming things after people –  and why the contents of the functional bills just involves punting government funding down the road. They also walk through Biden and the Democrats’ unsurprising yet disheartening capitulation to far-right immigration reform, with anti-progressive John Fetterman joining the ride, all while refusing to challenge the far-right narrative or even suggest that immigration could be a good thing, maybe. After briefly touching on Biden’s complete endorsement of Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Gaza, David, Sam, and Emma explore the future of the Fed’s management of the economy, and wrap up with some major takeaways from Google’s monopoly case, and the future of anti-trust in the US.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma tackle John Fetterman’s “I Left the Left” turn, updates on Israel’s (admitted) murder of hostages, and the role of the ICC in Gaza. They also listen to Ahmed Tobasi’s reflections on Israeli oppression and violence in the West Bank, Dave Rubin’s reflections on making progressive taxation more conservative, Florida’s State House letting predators go unchecks when they’re also employers, and Steve Deece finally turns on Nancy Mace’s politics… for getting divorced, plus, your calls and IMs!


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Direct download: 12_15_Dayen_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:04pm EST

It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! Emma speaks with writer and historian Rebecca Jane Morgan to discuss their recent book Gender Heretics: Evangelicals, Feminists, and the Alliance against Trans Liberation. Then, she speaks with Jonah Walters, postdoctoral scholar at UCLA's Institute for Society and Genetics, to discuss a book compilation he co-edited entitled Only The Good Die Young: The Verdict Against Henry Kissinger, published via Jacobin and Verso Books. First, Emma runs through updates on Jake Sullivan’s visit to various authoritarian utopias, Israel’s indiscriminate bombing, growing backlash to Israel, Biden’s bleak polling, the House impeachment inquiry, January 6th, and Floridian education action, before touching on Israel’s abuse of the Two-State solution. Rebecca Jane Morgan then joins, first taking on the definition of Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism, before stepping back to walk through the longer history of Evangelical Christianity to trans identity, including a long period of a mixed yet positive recognition of the community – particularly with the parallels of “rebirth” – over the 20th Century. Moving into the 2000s, Morgan tackles the role of the Gender Recognition Act in the UK in igniting Evangelical backlash – largely because of its policies around same-sex marriage – whereas the US’ legislative body took until the 2010s for the bathroom debate came to the fore. Rebecca concludes the conversation by walking through the particular alignment of Terfs and Evangelicals over their somatophobia towards trans people, and what that means for the fight for trans rights moving forward. Jonah Walters and Emma then explore the life and legacy of Henry Kissinger as they walk through his prevalent (and bipartisan) role in US politics, and his ideological grounding in pure American hegemony, before stepping back to assess the importance of his rise to power during the Cold War, bolstering the growth of America’s capital order internationally while continuously and intentionally undermining any liberatory and anti-capitalist movements in the third world. Wrapping up, Walters parses through the obscene death count that follows Kissinger to his grave.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they talk with Eddie from Ft. Worth about culturally undermining the KKK, explore the absolute vitriol that zionists have been leveling against their students, and discuss the return of severe islamophobia in the form of fear-of-arabic-words. Tommy the Music Guy tackles some music recommendations and explores tensions between the US and Mexico, and Josh Hawley presses a judicial nomination on the ethics of being brown, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12_14_-_Morgan_Walters_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:08pm EST

It's Hump Day! Sam speaks with Ari Tolany, research consultant for Women for Weapons Trade Transparency, to discuss her recent piece that she co-authored in In These Times entitled "How Israel Got an Endless Supply of U.S.-Made Smart Bombs." Then, Sam speaks with Andi Dymond, member of the contract bargaining team for the Columbia College Chicago Faculty Union, to discuss the ongoing strike of adjunct professors, active since October 30th.  First, Sam runs through updates on the Supreme Court’s mifepristone battle, dwindling support for Israel’s offensive, New Mexico, Florida, and NY state law, Alabama prison lawsuit, Microsoft’s union push, and Tesla’s massive recall, before diving into Hunter Biden’s arrival on Capitol Hill. Ari Tolany then jumps right into the recent report on Israel’s near free-rein use of US missile stockpiles, first exploring the Regan-era establishment of these international stockpiles, and the materials the stockpile contains, before parsing through the opening up of these munitions to the Israeli military, the prevalence of their use in Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Gaza, and the ongoing attempt to make the munitions even more open to IDF use. Next, Tolany walks Sam through the particular proliferation of Precision Guided Missiles in these overseas stockpiles, and the contradictory nature of why these missiles are manufactured (reducing collateral damage) and how they have been used by US allies – namely Saudi Arabia and Israel – before wrapping up with a brief conversation on the importance of international investigation in actually holding the US accountable for their bombs. Professor Andi Dymond then joins, as she brings Sam through the major factors spurring the CCC Adjunct faculty’s ongoing strike – with a particular emphasis on the mass cutting of classes by the institution as well as myriad unfair labor practices – and why they are so hurting the Columbia College community. Wrapping up, Dymond tackles the current state of the strike, and what those of us on the outside can do to help.

And in the Fun Half: Sam watching James Comer (and his impeachment attempt) find refuge at Newsmax, parses through the insanity of a half-century of privatizing municipal functions – including water – and assesses the newest set of Trump trading cards. He and the MR Team also cover Joe Rogan’s recent anti-communist tirade, and the unsurprising staunch elitism that trickles out, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12_13_Tolany_Dymond_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:50pm EST

It's News Day Tuesday! But first, Sam and Emma speak with Luke Goldstein, writing fellow at The American Prospect, to discuss his reporting on the Google antitrust trial. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the US’ concerns about Israel’s use of their war crime instruments for war crimes, Biden’s concerning statements about Jewish safety in the US, the UAW focusing in on Honda, Hyundai, and VW, and the House GOP taking on Joe Biden – to the Senate GOP’s chagrin – before parsing through the unsurprising resolution to Texas’ Supreme Court abortion battle, as the at-risk mother is forced to escape the state. Luke Goldstein then joins, diving right into a quick overview of the more minor of Google’s two recent anti-trust cases – Epic Games’ suit over their app store monopoly – before setting up the discussion on the primary case surrounding their lucrative (and incredibly secretive) dealings to maintain Google as the default search engine on smartphones – with a particular emphasis on the massive tradeoffs with Apple to stifle even the option to change your default service. After tackling the genuinely absurd cost of this monopoly, Goldstein walks through the actual evolution of this court battle, with Google’s (largely successful) attempts to control the public narrative around it – through intimidation, closed-court filings, and more – only getting stifled by journalists (not the DOJ prosecution) finally speaking out against it. Wrapping up, Luke, Sam, and Emma tackle the potential reversion of US anti-trust culture to a pre-Borkian era, and what the future of the FTC and US anti-trust policy may hold. Sam and Emma conclude the first half by highlighting the genuine insanity that is Joe Biden loudly declaring that Jews cannot and will not be safe in the US without the existence of Israel.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch another phenomenal showing by Climate Defiance, Jake Tapper hits James Comer with biting critiques where he asks for proof and evidence, and Kaitlan Collins presses Ron Johnson on Wisconsin fake electors. Stephen Colbert goes toe-to-toe with Liz Cheney on whether her white supremacist party is racist, Mason from Texas discusses his relationship with Moms for Liberty, Carlos from Texas tackles Lady Ballers, and the rubble of Project Veritas manages to crumble even further. Also, JD Vance and Bannon beef over Social Security cuts, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12_12_Goldstein_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:39pm EST

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with writer and labor organizer Mindy Isser to discuss the United Auto Workers (UAW) calling for a ceasefire in the Israel/Gaza conflict. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the US vetoing a UN ceasefire resolution while sending more bombs to Israel, Biden’s dropping poll numbers in Georgia and Michigan, the House GOP’s impeachment process, the material impact of Texas’ forced birth policy, the EU’s AI policy, Saudi Arabia’s crippling of COP28, Google’s antitrust case, and Tucker’s career pivot, before diving into continuing unrest toward Biden and US policy around the ethnic cleansing of Gaza. Mindy Isser then joins, diving right into the UAW’s ongoing era of militant and persistent action to aptly represent and fight for their members, as emblemized by Shawn Fain’s leadership and the union’s continuing drive for expansion. Expanding on this, Isser walks through the UAW’s recent choice to join a call for a ceasefire in Gaza, exploring how it fits into the union’s history of standing on the right side of immoral conflicts, particularly when it comes to reflecting the stance of the vast numbers of arab auto workers in Michigan and the midwest. Wrapping up, Sam and Emma have Isser walk through the theoretical plan for this ceasefire campaign, and what to expect from the UAW’s expansion plans moving forwards.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma parse through Shontel Brown’s recent statements on accepting mass donations from anti-progressive groups like AIPAC and DMFI, the mass Palestinian opposition to Hamas before Israel’s revamped ethnic cleansing campaign, and the arbitrary and disrespectful debates around what actually constitutes “genocide.” Jenna from Fremont highlights her recent discussion with Christians on trans rights, Greg from Albany discusses challenging Elise Sefanik, and Chris calls in to explore the complex state of geopolitics. The MR Crew watches Climate Defiance’s most recent intervention, George Santos begins his TV campaign against corrupt NY representatives, and Eric Weinstein and Dave Rubin try to wriggle back into the mainstream with… religion, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12_11_Isser_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm EST

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Alex Pareene, contributing editor at the New Republic, proprietor of the AP newsletter on SubStack, and co-host of the Politics of Everything podcast, to round up the week in news. Then, they're joined by Francesca Fiorentini, host of the Bitchuation Room podcast! First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s ongoing assault on Gaza, the initiation following international law with future US military aid, the US economy, Hunter Biden getting charged with the SAME CRIMES as Al Capone, labor action with VW, SWaPo, DHL and educators, and the lies of the retail crime wave, before parsing through the recent devastating death of Refaat Alareer in the wake of Western Zionists putting a target on his back. Next, Alex Pareene joins as Sam and Emma force him to consider the recent GOP debate, assessing the rising star campaign of Nikki Haley (raising tens of millions for a few points of polling) and who the potential candidate would be if Steve Bannon’s theory of the bipartisan double assassination comes to fruition. Wrapping up, they explore how Mike Johnson is carrying forward the McCarthy torch of ineptitude, including the very same controversies as his aid package for Ukraine falls short. Francesca Fiorentini also joins, as she reflects on experiencing these last few months as a new mother, discusses the killer commentary coming from the other half of her household, and tackles the return of red scare politics to Hollywood. They conclude the free half with a brief analysis of Mike Johnson’s “I am Moses” moment, and Tim Pool’s difficulty in reconciling knowing nothing about women with hating everything about them.

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Direct download: 12_8_Pareene_Fiorentini_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:58pm EST

It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! Emma speaks with author Cory Doctorow to discuss his recent book The Internet Con: How to Seize the Means of Computation. Then, they speak with Raga Makawi, editor at African Arguments, to discuss the ongoing conflict in Sudan. First, Emma runs through updates on Israel’s now two-month siege on Gaza, the continued eviction of Gazan refugees, Israel’s murder of journalists, the White House’s arms package, the House GOP’s attempt to censure Jamaal Bowman, the ethics probe of Matt Gaetz, Dems taking back power from hedge funds and big pharma, the mass shooting at UNLV, and Eric Adam’s plunging approval, before parsing through leaked audio from an Israeli hostage’s visceral critique of Netanyahy’s heartless siege on Gaza. Cory Doctorow then joins, diving right into his latest nonfiction book on his unrelenting solution to Big Tech’s unregulated monopoly on contemporary social life, and how to go about solving that issue without pushing more regulatory power into the hands of the very executives that brought us here. After briefly touching on some overarching themes in his solution, Doctorow walks Emma through the evolution of policy choices that led us to this moment, with Reagan advisors Robert Bork and Milton Friedman helping to cripple the US’ anti-trust regime in favor of bolstering successful monopolies, making room for the rise of massive tech conglomerations to push their political agenda, and give birth to an industry with no threat of discipline from labor, users, competitors, or regulators. Doctorow also touches on the threat to the privacy of everyday citizens as a unifying force in the fight against Big Tech, before walking through his tactical blueprint of antitrust, privacy legislation, and the return of interoperability. Next, Raga Makawi walks Emma through the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Sudan, with the government of the Sudanese Armed Forces outsourcing the murder and displacement of some 5 million to the paramilitary Rapid Defense Forces after violence broke out in April. Next, Makawi explores the tactics of RSF and the Sudanese Government rule, with a particular emphasis on their use of militant minority rule to keep local populations at odds, before wrapping up with an assessment of the political similarities and material differences between this ongoing disaster, and the conflict in Darfur two decades ago.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they assess the Nikki Haley-cited study on the proliferation of antisemitism and anti-zionism on social media and what it casually (and actively) ignores about the difference between the two. They also dive into the bad-faith arguments about theoretical genocides while real ones are occurring in front of us, Chris from Crown Heights dives into the antisemitic “dual-loyalty” trope, and Madip from California expands on that conversation. They also watch Donald Trump play with his food (Sean Hannity), and assess how little Tim Pool knows about the most recent anti-woke talking point he’s espousing, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12_7_Doctorow_Makawi_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm EST

It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with Ian Millhiser, senior correspondent at Vox, to discuss some of the biggest cases before the Supreme Court this term. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the Biden Administration’s internal reckoning with their strategic failures in support of Israel, the US’ minor aid to Gaza and minuscule conditions to punish violent settlers, the House’s antisemitic antisemitism bill, Tommy Tuberville relinquishing his obstructive hold on military appointments, the Senate’s aid to Ukraine and Israel, the upcoming GOP Debate, and the continuing extreme temperature of 2023, before parsing through the insanity of the House’s “anti-zionism is antisemitism” bill, with some help from Jewish Rep. Jerrold Nadler. Ian Milhiser then joins, diving right into an assessment of the impending Supreme Court decision on Moore v. US, a case that will define the possibility of a federal wealth tax as conservatives attempt to tie the taxation of unrealized sums to the apportionment clause in the constitution. After walking through what apportionment, unrealized sums, and “direct taxation” could mean (with some help from Sonya Sotomayor), Milhiser walks Sam and Emma through the newest SCOTUS case involving the “Major Questions Doctrine” – tackling what that doctrine entails, and why the 5th circuit is using it to put the SEC, and the administrative state writ large, in their crosshairs, before working through the 5th Circuit’s prominent role working under a conservative Supreme Court, and where Chief Justice Roberts, himself, stands on the doctrine. Wrapping up, they explore the upcoming case against Perdue Pharmaceuticals – as the Sacklers attempt to shirk their liabilities onto the business – and the First Amendment attacks on the BDS movement.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss the official denial of Cenk Uygur’s presidential candidacy, watch Dana Bash attempt to throw Rep. Jayapal – and Palestinian victims of sexual assault – under the bus to maintain her narrative, which Ryan Grim refuses to let go unacknowledged. They watch Israeli President Isaac Herzog attempt to defend the mass slaughter of Palestinian civilians under pretexts of Hamas’ supposed drive for global domination, and Tim Pool and Matt Walsh really sink into their respective niches of bigotry, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12_6_Millhiser_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:37pm EST

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel expanding their invasion to Southern Gaza, US funding for Israel and Ukraine, conditioning aid to Israel, the US’ various showy legislative bills, Bob Menendez’s gold bar problem, CalState labor action, and Georgia’s institutionalized disenfranchisement, before parsing through the GOP’s continued attempt to keep the “Biden Crime Family” story in the media, without adding any new (or relevant) information. Next, they parse through the appearance of Josh Paul, the State Department official who resigned over stifled dissent around US support for Israel, on CNN, and the unsurprising revelations about Palestinian treatment in IDF captivity. They also watch a plea from a UNICEF worker to acknowledge the humanity of Palestinian children, and Israel’s horrors force even Jake Tapper to begin questioning their collective punishment.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 3:23pm EST

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Edwin Raymond, whistleblower & former lieutenant in the New York Police Department, to discuss his recent book An Inconvenient Cop: My Fight To Change Policing In America, co-authored with Jon Sternfeld.

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Direct download: 12_4_Raymond_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:47pm EST

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Ryan Grim, DC Bureau Chief at The Intercept, to round up the week in news and discuss his new book The Squad: AOC and the Hope of a Political Revolution. Then, they're joined by Matthew Film Guy! First, Sam and Emma run through, updates on the martyrdom of George Santos, the resumption of Israel’s bombing of Gaza, Israel’s knowledge of Hamas’ plans before October 7th, Mike Johnson’s tenuous speakership, the UAW, the Florida GOP, the Senate’s subpoenas of Harlan Crowe and Leonard Leo, and Tommy Tubberville’s military obstruction, before watching Max Miller and George Santos beef on the house floor. Ryan Grim then joins, first contextualizing the state of the Democratic Congress as the (OG) Squad (Reps Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley, and Omar) first came to power, with the Obama-era rightward swing defining the politics of their colleagues. After briefly touching on the developments in US-Israel relations over the Obama Administration, which included the creation of J-Street as a more liberal counterpart to  AIPAC, Grim dives into the first major attack on the Squad members, with Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, immediately coming under fire for daring to criticize Israel and the outsized impact AIPAC had in US politics. Expanding on this, Grim walks Sam and Emma through the relationship between the Squad and the Democratic Party, with his recent exposé on the particularly stifling role played by Nancy Pelosi in refusing to acknowledge or incorporate internal criticisms of her party from the progressive wing, before assessing the handing of the reins to Hakeem Jeffries, and his somewhat more amicable relationship to the left. Grim then dives into the continued role AIPAC and DMFI have in the Democratic Party – with Jeffries himself a major benefactor – as he explores the state of the Squad heading into the 2024 election – a cycle for which AIPAC has pledged hundreds of millions to unseat them – and what the future of the Congressional Progressive Caucus could hold, before wrapping up with a quick discussion on the particular role Israel’s ongoing siege of Gaza has played in the CPC. Matthew Film Guy then jumps into some subtle foreshadowing of his upcoming projects before parsing through the meat of his recommendations as he looks at various artistic and journalistic approaches to the Israeli occupation of Palestine, including the more brutal depictions of “Tsahal” and “Tantura.”

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Direct download: 12_1_Grim_FGM_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:47pm EST

It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! Emma speaks with writer Tim Shorrock to discuss the legacy of Henry Kissinger, who died last night. Then, she speaks with Adam Federman, reporting fellow at Type Investigations, to discuss his recent piece in In These Times entitled "The New Cold War in the Arctic." First, Emma runs through updates on the newest recipient of the kiss of death, Israel-Hamas prisoner swaps, US-Israel aid, the UAW’s ongoing unionization drive, Elon’s ongoing meltdown, COP28, the Senate vs. Supreme Court corruption, another Indian assassination attempt, and MSNBC’s cancellation of Mehdi Hasan’s show, before touching on the catharsis that is the death of Henry Kissinger. Tim Shorrock then gives his initial reflections on Kissinger’s passing and the myriad lies he told for the ends of US primacy. Shorrock and Emma trace Kissinger’s bloody footprints from Vietnam and East Timor to Argentina as they assess his unflinching ideology of American exceptionalism and hegemony and the uncompromising embrace of his myriad war crimes and genocides by the US political class. After assessing some of the major responses to Kissinger’s passing, as well as his central role in shaping the revolving door of US politics, they wrap up with a reflection on the continuation of his legacy in Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing of Gaza. Adam Federman then brings us to Greenland as he walks through the multiple layers of US state interest in the land, with a particular focus on military strategy and resource extraction. First, he and Emma look to the post-WW2 settling of myriad US military bases (and the related displacement of indigenous communities) on the island, and the continued emphasis on its geopolitical location amid growing Russia-NATO tensions, before wrapping up with the growing potential for mineral and environmental extraction in a surprisingly attractive (white, European) country.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they watch Kristie Noam take on the hard job of discussing history for the Fox News audience, before taking their own time to reflect on the bloody legacy of Henry Kissinger and his mantle in US politics. Fransisco from Pomona discusses changing tides around shoplifting, and the MR Crew does a deep dive into Elon Musk’s recent interview about everything from Twitter’s ongoing advertiser exodus amid growing antisemitism on the platform to his “totally unrelated” trip to Israel. Lucas from Montana discusses a new take on the Big Lie, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11_30__Shorrock_Federman_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:10pm EST

It's Hump Day! Sam speaks with Kate Aronoff, staff writer focusing on climate at the New Republic, to discuss the upcoming COP28 climate summit. First, Sam runs through updates on Israel and Hamas’ tenuous truce, Saudi Arabia-Iran relations, growing aid for Gaza, the potential for the US conditioning aid to Israel, the martyrdom of George Santos, Nikki Haley’s big Koch endorsement, and challenges to Iowa’s right-wing legislation, before diving into the absurdity of the GOP now refusing to hold public testimony over the Biden Crime Family investigation. Kate Aranoff and Sam then dive into the UN’s Conference of Parties (COP), an international meet and greet on climate change with both state and private actors invited, which has seen the signing of documents like the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, and its problematic (and unsurprising) relationship with major state and private actors involved in the production of fossil fuels. After parsing through some major examples – and why they genuinely represent the UN’s goals in “solving” climate change – Aranoff wraps up by assessing the future (and future corruption) of the Conference of Parties.

And in the Fun Half: Sam discusses the Senate’s growing drive for conditioning aid to Israel amid the IDF’s losing PR battle (due to outrageous war crimes), Ryan from Wisconsin helps Sam parse through the USDA’s official updates on fruit hardiness, a Canadian caller tackles Canada’s role in thwarting Maine’s Pine Tree Power initiative, and Mike Johnson and Fox try to speak for the facts of the Hunter Biden case. Sam also parses through the recent discourse around Joe Biden’s economy, Jeremy Boering and Tim Pool try to solve racism via a purge-like catharsis, and Tom from Chicago brings the Daily Wire’s newest film into the conversation. Robbie from St. Louis pitches a potential media literacy campaign, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11_29_Aronoff_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:56pm EST

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. After a reflection on Sam's birthday (today!) and the anniversary of Mike Cernovich's attempted cancellation of Sam, he and Emma take a look at a report, first seen on an Israeli public broadcast then translated by the Times of Israel, that Prime Minister Netanyahu appealed to members of the Likud Party that, basically, he has no allegiance to President Biden and will do whatever he wants when it comes to Gaza. Wonder how folks in the Biden administration feel about that! Then, they break down Moore v. United States, a case the Supreme Court will hear in the next few weeks that would essentially, before it'd even have a chance to become government policy, foreclose the possibility of a wealth tax in this country. After, they touch on a report from the Seattle Times on local Macy's worker walking off the job for better pay but (surprise!) also due to fears for their safety because the business they work for isn't interested in actually creating a safe working environment free from threats of shoplifting and other issues retail workers have to face on a daily basis (and we thought business owners cared about crime!)

And in the Fun Half, Sam and Emma check in on the tuxedoed former Speaker, Kevin McCarthy, at a debate with the Oxford Union where he, and stop me if you've heard this before, ahistorically claims that the U.S. has NEVER asked for land during an armed conflict (wonder why they never asked)! Then, they check in on UAW president Shawn Fain, already making plans for huge labor organizing efforts in May Day of 2028, 6 months before the next presidential election and coinciding with when the UAW's next contract runs out. Sam, Emma, and the MR Crew then check in on Biden's approval ratings surrounding the economy (not good!) and what, if anything, he can do to improve on those poll numbers (maybe...run on something? Anything?) And FINALLY, courtesy of Ronald Raygun, Sam gets a very special birthday present: the opportunity to appear LIVE on Dennis Prager's show! Plus, your calls & IM's!

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Direct download: 11_28_News_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:16pm EST

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Naomi Klein, professor of Climate Justice at the University of British Columbia, to discuss her recent book Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel and Hamas’ prisoner exchanges and ceasefire, the arrest of an individual over the shooting of three Palestinian men in Vermont, the return from Congressional recess, labor action with Portland’s teachers, Seattle’s Macy’s workers, and European Amazon workers, COP28, Meta’s exploitation of kids, and Twitter’s ad-emergency, also touching on Christ Murphy’s comments regarding conditioning aid to Israel (like we do with everyone else). Naomi Klein then jumps right into her metaphor of “doppelgangers” in politics, and the mirroring and corruption of various political movements in the age of the internet. Expanding on this, Klein dives into the role of COVID as a major accelerant in this corruption, looking to the sudden unified radicalization of the wellness left and the ultra-religious right, and how it played into an increasing trend of rapidly dropping faith in US political institutions and their systems of accountability, with right-wing conspiracy offering a (pseudo) solution as the center and left continuously failed to provide theirs. Next, Naomi walks Sam and Emma through the far-right’s active organizing around this tactic, with Steve Bannon’s global network of far-right parties fusing the age-old phobias of fascism with weak claims of economic populism, and why the only true counter to that is a strong left-wing that presents and fights for genuine solutions to rampant economic and social inequality. After briefly touching on Israel’s role as a doppelganger of Bannon’s politics, attempting to solve anti-semitism not through acceptance and justice, but a hyper-nationalist project, before wrapping up with the coincidence of the loss of Bernie’s campaign with the COVID-19 pandemic, and how it forced the left to reflect on its failures.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Dave Rubin and Trump’s Ambassador to Israel rant about the immigrants behind rising anti-semitism, Meir Baruchin discusses his arrest and abuse by Israeli police over pro-Palestinian Facebook posts, and Lisa Booth and Charlie Hurt reflect on the biggest political story of the year – the woke crusade against gas stoves. They also reflect on the recent history of US-Israel relations, and Biden’s legacy of an extreme commitment to Israel’s imperialism goals, plus, your IMs!

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It's Casual Black Friday! The MR Crew is off today, so they're going back to the archives and bringing you some throwback interviews! First, Emma spoke to independent journalist Antony Loewenstein back in June to discuss his book The Palestine Laboratory: How Israel Exports the Technology of Occupation Around the World. Then, in an interview from August 2021, Sam and Emma spoke with Nick Estes, host of The Red Nation Podcast and lead editor of Red Media Press, to discuss his recent book Red Nation Rising: From Bordertown Violence To Native Liberation. And, in a throwback from the Left Reckoning archives from back in September, Matt and David Griscom spoke with historian Michael Lansing to discuss his book Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics.

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Happy Hump Day! Emma speaks with Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), to discuss the recent victories pro-public education candidates have had over right wing candidates in the most recent school board races. Then, Emma speaks with AMQuickie co-writer Jacob Silverman to discuss his recent piece in The Nation on Sam Altman's mysterious departure from OpenAI. And THEN, she's joined by Jason Myles, co-host of the This Is Revolution podcast, to discuss his recent mini-book release of I Was A Teenage Anarchist. First, Emma runs through updates on the death toll in Gaza climbing over 14k, Israel’s striking of Humanitarian locations provided by the US, Ro Khana’s call for a ceasefire, the growing anti-Palestinian Red Scare in Hollywood, a former Obama Advisor’s harassment of a halal street vendor, organizing for reproductive rights, Wisconsin’s Supreme Court, labor action among California educators, and a potential Andrew Cuomo mayoral run, before parsing through the recent announcement of a four-day PAUSE in Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, and the Biden Administration’s internal fear of honest journalism about the war. Randi Weingarten then joins, as she quickly runs through the astounding failure of the attempted right-wing takeover of local school boards, with candidates backed by Mom’s for Liberty and the 1776 Project losing 70% of their races, including losing 8/10 in regions where they had seen previous victory, and how these results show what actual parental rights look like. Jacob Silverman then joins, diving right into OpenAI – the largest AI startup in Silicon Valley – Sam Altman – the CEO of said $80 billion startup – and this weekend’s attempted removal of Altman by the board. Silverman walks through Altman’s powerful role among Silicon Valley’s elites, particularly among the cash cows, also touching on OpenAI’s internal conflict between its cautious non-profit elements and its bullish members with grandiose visions, and how the mass funding required in this industry forces the integration of AI, regardless of its quality or moral clarity. After walking through the details of OpenAI’s board’s sudden firing of Altman, and the equally sudden (and successful) revolt against that decision, Silverman touches on the state of the AI tech bubble (particularly in comparison to the Crypto bubble), before briefly wrapping up with the guilty plea of Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao. Jason Myles helps round out the episode as he and Emma walk through the evolution of his mini-book “I Was A Teenage Anarchist,” and the parallels he sees in the fight between deconstruction and authenticity in the hardcore punk scene of the 1990s and 2000s, and the ongoing internal conflicts of the US’ embryonic left. Myles touches on the additional parallels for the branding of both punk and leftism, before expanding on the need for a solid material and power analysis in pushing for actual material change – particularly within the context of social versus political and legislative progress.

And in the Fun Half, Emma and the MR Crew react to the disgraceful behavior of Stuart Seldowitz, a former State Department staffer caught on video making racist, Islamophobic comments towards one halal cart vendor repeatedly on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. They also take a look at Iraqi-Israeli historian Avi Shlaim's remarks about the establishment of the Israeli state in the late 40's, and how the Zionist project precipitated geopolitical and religious conflict in the region. Finally, the MR Crew signs off with a fantastic message ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday from the person everyone needs to hear from before they give thanks: Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Plus, your calls & IM's!

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Direct download: 11_22_Weingarden_Silverman_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:55pm EST

It's News Day Tuesday! But first, Sam and Emma speak with Jacob Sugarman, lifestyle editor at the Buenos Aires Herald and writer at The Nation, to discuss Javier Milei's recent victory in Argentina's presidential election. First, Sam and Emma react to the absolute shock from the crew over at "The Daily", the New York Times podcast, and CNN's Christiane Amanpour, that Israel could've potentially constructed the tunnels under Al-Shifa hospital that Hamas is supposedly using to conduct their operations in Gaza. Then, Jacob returns to the program to react to Javier Milei's resounding victory in the presidential race in Argentina. Jacob runs through how Milei, while slightly underperforming in the general election, received a groundswell of coalition support from the right to catapult him to victory in the runoff against his opponent Sergio Massa. Jacob, while not wanting to make too broad of a comparison between Argentinian and American politics, does see Milei's coalition support on the right as analogous to the wagon circling that took place within in the GOP under Trump. Jacob runs through some of Milei's policy prescriptions and oddities (like...potentially tapping his sister to be first lady), and then Emma has Jacob run through why, contrary to certain political victories recently by the left in countries such as Brazil and Chile, Argentina's left has proved itself to be rather anemic. Jacob also runs through some of the broad strokes of context of the political movement of the Peronists, and whether or not the party itself continues to have any viability after Milei's resounding victory. After Jacob jumps off, Sam and Emma break down the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals taking another stab at gutting the Voting Rights Act, this time going after Section 2, making it more difficult for voting rights groups and other entities to file legal challenges against discriminatory voting practices.

And in the Fun Half, the MR Crew reacts to Sen. Markwayne Mullin, fresh off his potential title bout against Teamsters President Sean O'Brien, going on Fox Business to explain that, actually, Gazans don't live in a ghetto and could go anywhere they want if they'd just endure entering and exiting checkpoints! (Is that right?). Sam and Emma then check in on Nikki Haley's race for 2nd place, which includes getting owned by a girl at one of her rallies who, contrary to Nikki's wishes, is just wearing her campaign merch because it was free. Mike Lindell puts himself up (again) to be RNC Chair if Trump gives him the call, and then Sam, Emma and the MR Crew really go into the Right Wing Freak Swamp for some fun: Dave Rubin's reactions to the Ben Shapiro/Candace Owens spat, and Tim Pool coming to the ardent defense of...Marvel movies. Plus, your calls & IM's!

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Direct download: 11_21_Sugarman_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:43pm EST

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Jonathan Graubart, professor of political science at San Diego State University, to discuss his recent book Jewish Self-Determination beyond Zionism: Lessons from Hannah Arendt and other Pariahs. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the growing death toll in Gaza, Israel’s turn towards Indonesian Hospital in Gaza, potential conditions on US aid to Israel, Biden’s cratering poll numbers, North Dakota’s violation of the Voting Rights Act, and flight attendant labor action, before parsing through the election of Javier Milei to the presidency of Argentina. Next, they’re joined by Jonathan Graubart as dives right into his work exploring the competing visions for Jewish self-determination outside of the extremist revisionist Zionism that dominates the conversation today. After touching on the pushback to his work, as well as the inspiration behind it, Graubart dives into the contrasting strains of Martin Buber’s vision of “cultural Zionism” – one that emphasized a non-statist revival of the Jewish community in the holy lands of Palestine – the mainstream, statist Zionism of Theodor Herzl, and the vitriolic revisionist Zionism of Ze’ev Jabotinsky (a legacy carried by Netanyahu), all of which were prevalent at the start of the 20th Century. Professor Graubart explores the central influence of European imperialism on Buber’s explicit rejection of Jewish nationalism in favor of a broader independent, spiritual, and socialist egalitarianism, before stepping into the practical application of Buber’s Zionism with the creation of various multi-faith and multi-cultural federations in the 1920s and ‘30s, alongside increasing pleas to his opponents in the Zionist community to embrace the presence of Palestinians as neighbors and community members. After briefly walking through the political leverage behind the various Zionist movements – and the particular role the British played in bolstering the plan for an exclusionary Jewish state – Graubart dives into the critiques of Zionism leveled by Hannah Arendt, contrasting Buber’s affirmative vision of Hebrew Humanism he hoped to create with her pathologizing of a Zionist movement that had once inspired her, as she explore the influence of “Eternal Anti-semitism Syndrome” (the belief that everyone, everywhere is against the Jews, at all times) and Tribal Nationalism in completely undermining the cultivation of Jewish culture, Jewish community, Jewish safety, and Jewish self-determination. Expanding on this, Professor Graubart explores the concept of “self-determination” itself, and the contradictory relationship between self-determination for a community that is moving into a region, and the continued autonomy of the pre-existing community. After parsing through the eventual breakdown of Buber’s Humanist Zionism amid increasing power and violence exercised by the Zionist right, as well as Palestinian resistance to a bi-national solution (while supporting the presence of Jews as community members with equal rights), and the role of the 1948 Nakba in officially destroying the unique possibilities of a productive Zionism, Sam, Emma, and Jonathan wrap up with a tentative discussion on the future of any solution to this conflict.

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Direct download: 11_20_Graubert_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:55pm EST

It's Casual Friday! Sam is joined by Heather Digby Parton, contributing writer at Salon.com and proprietor of the blog Hullabaloo, to round up the week in news. First, Sam runs through updates on the passage of a continuing resolution, Israel’s blackout of Gaza, mass starvation amid Israel’s blockade and bombardment, the UAW’s contract, George Santos’ reelection bid, Donald Trump’s various trial schedules, Florida’s drag ban, the Pentagon’s audit, the FBI vs. Eric Adams, and US-China relations, before touching on the unsurprising lack of evidence that resulted from Israel’s raid on Al Shifa hospital (despite their hand in building the very bunkers they sought). Digby then jumps into the role of the Heritage Foundation in attempting to bolster the agenda of the Trump campaign heading into 2024, seeking to professionalize the administration at a much more prolific level than his previous term, and furthering the fascist takeover of the entire US administrative state, before touching on the particular strains of American fascism. They also parse through updates from the House with Mike Johnson’s term coming into full swing, James Comer’s meltdown, Nancy Mace’s theatrics, and Chip Roy’s oddly hollow plea. Wrapping up, they discuss the recent story on AIPAC’s planned tsunami of anti-progressive campaign funding, what (if anything) Hakeem Jeffries is prepared to do to protect his party members, and the apt comparison between AIPAC’s current role in the DNC and the NRA’s former glory within the party.

And in the Fun Half: Sam watches Fox’s The Five dive into the deep conspiracy that gave us “Black Disabled Santa” and “Gay Nutcracker,” Tim Pool “doesn’t believe” that he was actually an influence on Paul Pelosi’s attacker (so humble), and Josh from New York parses through his own evolution in unlearning the cognitive dissonance of Zionism. Kyle from Brooklyn dives into Germany’s concerning policy discussions, Batty from Cincinnati dives into rescuing voters from disillusionment, and Tucker, Candace, and Charlie Kirk finally give away the game on the anti-semitism behind their White supremacy, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11_17_Digby_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:32pm EST

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Emma is on the Injured Reserve list with a stomach bug, so the MR BOYS are filling in for a quick Fun Half starting LIVE at 1:00 pm Eastern. Matt Binder and Brandon Sutton step in to host a quick Fun Half, parsing through Elon Musk’s recent endorsement of Great Replacement theory (and its anti-Semitic roots) on X, Candace Owens and Ben Shapiro continuing their mutual crusades against each other (also on X), and look into the spreading of blatant misinformation of ceasefire protestors by Rep. Brad Sherman, CNN, and DMFI. Matt and Brandon then discuss the problematic reemergence of Bin Laden’s “Letter to America” and the telling response from the media (with some important words from David Cross), and Markwayne Mullin goes on a conservative media tour to flaunt ALMOST getting into a fight with Teamsters’ President Sean O’Brien!

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Direct download: 11_16_Fun_Half.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:12pm EST

It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with Andy Kroll, reporter at ProPublica, to discuss his recent reporting on Leonard Leo and the new Supreme Court judicial ethics code. Then, they're joined by actor Shaan Sharma, member of the SAG-AFTRA negotiating committee, to discuss the tentative agreement reached between the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s raid of Al-Shifa hospital, the pro- and anti-war movements regarding Israel, a government shutdown, the UAW’s contract, Starbucks’ labor action, New York politics, and Paul Pelosi’s attacker, also checking in on the large pro-war rally in D.C. that played host to Van Jones, myriad US Congresspeople, and noted antisemitic Pastor John Hagee. Andy Kroll then joins, first running through some quick background on Leonard Leo, and how he came to completely reshape the Federalist Society into perhaps the most influential legal institution in US politics. Kroll begins with the 1992 Conservative Supreme Court affirming Roe v. Wade in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which ignited an organized spark in the Republican party and saw the founding of the Federalist Society some nine years later, serving to funnel conservative lawyers into judgeships, state offices, and the Supreme Court – provided they completely adhere to the society’s strict blueprint for jurisprudence. After parsing through the central strategies of the Society (centered around networking), and how the Democrats were completely blindsided by the Society’s rise to judicial dominance in the 21st Century, Kroll, Sam, and Emma dive into Leonard Leo’s role as Supreme Court Den Mother, doting on the conservative justices to keep them happy and in line with the Society, as has come to light recently. Wrapping up, they look to the weak response from the Senate Judicial Committee to the myriad SCOTUS corruption charges, and whether the Court’s new ethics code will completely sweep this story under the rug. Shaan Sharma then walks Sam and Emma through the structure of SAG-AFTRA’s national board, and his role in the organization, before touching on the central elements of the negotiation – namely bringing wages into line with cost-of-living, getting actors residuals from streaming, and appropriate AI protections. Next, Sharma explores where he felt the contract proposal falls short, including health care, self-tape and audition protections, and wage growth, before he, Sam, and Emma wrap up the interview with an assessment of the AI policy, the SAG-AFTRA leadership, and the pressures that brought the end of the strike.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss Peter Beinart and Michael A. Cohen’s conversation on the 9/11 comparison with Israel’s assault on Gaza, watch the families of Israeli hostages march from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in protest of Netanyahu’s war in Gaza, and parse through the ongoing Daily Wire cat fight between Ben Shapiro and Candace Owens. Wrapping up, the MR Crew parses through the continuing drama surrounding Kevin McCarthy, as audio is released of his harrowing assault on Tim Burchett and Newsmax nearly leaks allegations against him from Nancy Mace, plus, your IMs!

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Direct download: 11_15_Kroll_Sharma_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:23pm EST

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the GOP’s impending government shutdown, the siege of Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the State Department’s internal dissent, Bidenomics, and Joe Manchin, before watching Tim Burchett recount a dangerous encounter with Kevin McCarthy. Next, they discuss the Supreme Court’s adoption of an ethics “code” as more of an attempt to shirk responsibility for prior unethical conduct than actually impacting Justices’ actions moving forward, before watching Donald Trump really let the full fascist out at a rally in New Hampshire, and assess his station in the Republican Party. They also tackle some updates from Gaza, including fighting around Al-Shifa Hospital, and the harrowing images of the 1.6 million displaced Palestinians on the move, before parsing through today’s Pro-War rally in D.C., and wrapping up with the late Dr. Hammam Alloh’s harrowing reflections from the Al-Shifa hospital just days ago.

And in the Fun Half: Emma and Sam watch Senator Markwayne Mullin attempt to start a fight on the House floor, which Bernie fails to bring to a ceasefire, Fox News begins the War-on-Christmas coverage (and touches on Thanksgiving), and leaked footage of testimony against Trump begins to trickle out. The MR Team also dives into the prevalent role of anti-semites at today’s Zionist rally in D.C., plus, your IMs!

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Direct download: 11_14_News_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:49pm EST

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Malaika Jabali, senior news and politics editor at Essence Magazine, to discuss her recent book It's Not You, It's Capitalism: Why It's Time to Break Up and How to Move On. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s siege of Shifa Hospital in Gaza, the continuing international backlash against Israel’s ethnic cleansing as officials call for a “Second Nakba,” the House GOP’s continuing struggle against governance, Tim Scott’s presidential campaign, and Big Tech and labor, also touching on the US Media’s continuing double standards towards Israel’s war crimes. Malaika Jabali then joins, diving right into the purpose behind her project to open up socialist and anti-capitalist critiques to a US population that’s been immersed in propaganda since birth, first diving into the particular role of capitalist media in obscuring the institutional and systemic roots of major political issues in favor of individualist and behavioral explanations. Jabali walks Sam and Emma through the role of the Great Recession, in particular, in waking her and many others up to the economic and political roots of so many social struggles, an awakening furthered just a decade later with the COVID Pandemic providing proof of these political and economic systems’ capability to support the public on a much broader level. After briefly running through the drastically different material impacts that come from electoral versus community organizing, they walk through the importance of social policy in bolstering the freedom of the public and undermining the leverage from the private sector, and parse through the importance of acknowledging the role race plays in class politics. Wrapping up, Malaika Jabali reaffirms the central role of community organizing in providing tangible results for the success of socialism and the failure of capitalism’s lens on humanity.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma celebrate the human drive to spite your boss, watch Greta Thunberg perfectly respond to complaints of her injecting “politics” into climate activism, and discuss the harrowing footage coming out of Brandeis University’s crackdown on student protest. Tim Scott drops out, Okajic from New York reflects on Vivek’s campaign, and Kowalski from Nebraska gives his agriculture report. Mike from Minneapolis on midwest politics, Tim from Michigan, Pat from Ft. Liberty, and Marcos from Texas on Israel-Palestine discourse. Plus, Rob Schmidt gives the Newsmax audience a wake-up call to the threat of democracy, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11_13_Jabali_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:20pm EST

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Jeet Heer, writer at The Nation, to round up the week in news.  First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the US’ unilateral goals for the people of Palestine, the continued attacks on medical and refugee infrastructure in Gaza, the continuing backlash to the US’ role in this conflict, SAG-AFTRA board meetings, a victory for the Culinary Union in Vegas, and Mike Johnson’s not-so-continuing resolution, before parsing through the devastating (and still foggy) realities of the growing death toll in Gaza. Jeet Heer then joins, diving right into his assessment of the “guns and butter” agenda of the Biden Administration, and how it compares to the blueprints laid out by FDR and LBJ – for better or for worse. Next, Heer tackles the shotty footing of the Biden campaign one year out from election day, and how his backing of the ethnic cleansing of Gaza has weakened it further as various elements of his coalition – particularly among young, and Black and Brown Americans – begin to crumble. After parsing through the complete disconnect between the US political class and their voters, and the terrifying impact it could have, Jeet, Sam and Emma walk through the particularly out-of-touch doctrine of the GOP as Mike Johnson becomes perhaps the second most powerful theocrat in recent US history.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Shawn Fain reflect on the UAW’s incredible fight, Joe Manchin step back from reelection, and assess the biggest races heading into 2024. Michael Knowles theocrats all over himself, Dylan in Kentucky discusses the future of McConnell’s seat, Timmy from Nebraska asks about Iran, and Ross from NY vents his frustrations with US politicians. The MR Crew discusses the internal backlash within US politics to the complete alignment of the political class with Israel’s ethnic cleansing, and bears witness to the horrors of a Jordan Peterson music video, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11_10_Heer__-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:39pm EST

It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Alex Kane, senior staff reporter at Jewish Currents, to discuss his recent piece entitled "A “McCarthyite Backlash” Against Pro-Palestine Speech." Then, she speaks with Shah Meer Baloch, reporter covering Pakistan for The Guardian, to discuss his recent reporting on the mass deportations of undocumented Afghans in the country. Then, she speaks with Shah Meer Baloch, reporter covering Pakistan for The Guardian, to discuss his recent reporting on the mass deportations of undocumented Afghans in the country. First, Emma runs through updates on Blinken’s presumptive plan for Gaza, the climbing death toll, continuing pushback to the support for the apartheid regime of Israel, SAG-AFTRA’s strike, and Trump’s fraud case, before parsing through the moving testimony of Rashida Tlaib on the House Floor. Alex Kane then joins, jumping right into what the term “McCarthyite” actually means, and why this genuine “cancel culture” that centers the active stigmatization and silencing of counter-hegemonic ideology makes for such an apt comparison to the ongoing reaction to the pro-Palestine movement. Kane walks through the recent examples of the amplified doxxing of college students involved in Pro-Palestine organizing, the rescinding of job offers from major law firms over similar activities, and the active silencing of college students by our own educational and political institutions, before looking at the hyper-racialized (and particularly Islamophobic) nature of this organized suppression. Kane and Emma wrap up by tackling the growing violence of this McCarthyite backlash, and how state support bolsters that threat. Shah Meer Baloch then quickly establishes a quick background on Pakistan’s ongoing eviction of Afghan refugees amid tensions between Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban, centering on the constant threat of terror attacks in Pakistan. After tackling the details of Pakistan’s deadline for Afghan refugees, Meer Baloch and Emma conclude the interview with an assessment of the Taliban’s role in forcing these refugees out of Afghanistan, and what the actual logistics of the plan are.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Matt Binder as they discuss the spineless coverage of the censuring of Rashida Tlaib, the genuine exterminationist goals of Zionism, and why the entire conflict has actually been about Meghan McCain, actually. Brian from Chicago parses through the interpersonal difficulties that have come from this conflict, Ben explores his personal conflicts around voting rhetoric, and Nikki Haley eviscerates Vivek Ramaswamy. Alex from Florida shares his perspective on Jewish-American reactions to the ongoing conflict, and the MR Crew reflects on the long history of bad-faith negotiations with Israel, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11_9_Kane_Baloch_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:13pm EST

It's Hump Day! Sam speaks with Aaron Kleinman, director of research for the States Project at Future Now, to break down last night's election results. Then, Sam talks to Brittany Dorris, a 5th grade teacher in Portland, Oregon, to give us an update from the picket line on the teacher's strike.

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Direct download: 11_8_Kleinman_Dorris_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:31pm EST

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s continued ethnic cleansing of Gaza, protests at US ports to shut down military aid, election day in the US, Donald Trump’s fraud case, the upcoming GOP debate, SAG-AFTRA negotiations, labor action, and the global climate emergency, before watching CNBC grapple with UAW’s incredible victory. Then, Sam and Emma jump into the start of Mike Johnson’s speakership, highlighted by an incoming government shutdown and a massive influx of aid to Israel, before parsing through the more *personal* elements of his identity that have recently come to light. They also tackle the absurdity of recent attempts to paint the US as having a *lack* of leverage over Israel, walk through the practicalities of a ceasefire, and what an attempt to actually dismantle Hamas would look like (if Israel or Biden cared).

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss recent bad-faith arguments about the call for Palestinian liberation “From the River to the Sea,” and Israel’s absolute refusal to ever engage with any civil Palestinian liberation movement, before watching Simone Sanders’ recent comments on Biden’s candidacy moving forward. Ramsey, a Palestinian calling in from the DMV, reflects on the long history of the pain and occupation of the Palestinian people and why it is only just now getting acknowledged by the Western world, Abdul from Atlanta discusses Biden’s failed promises to Black Americans, and Jay from Troy dives into some odd strategy from the GOP candidate in his local Mayoral race. Donald Trump’s lawyer takes after the best, and Sam and Emma parse deeper into the FBI probe of Eric Adams’ Chief Fundraiser, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11_7_News_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:58pm EST

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Robert P. Jones, President and Founder of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), to discuss his recent book The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy: and the Path to a Shared American Future. First, Sam and Emma break down what has taken place over the weekend in Israel and Gaza, as well as the enormous pro-Palestine demonstrations that were held across the world, specifically the massive march that took place in Washington D.C. to demand a ceasefire. Then, they're joined by Robert, who discusses his research on something known as the "discovery doctrine", a policy put in place by colonizers in the 15th century to justify expropriating lands of indigenous peoples abroad in the name of Western/European exploration and conquering, and how that doctrine has even been used to this day to justify anti-indigenous Supreme Court rulings and policy as recently as the early 1990's. Robert also delves in 3 different communities in Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Mississippi and draws a through line between them, highlighting how indignities inflicted by white settlers on indigenous peoples and by racist whites later on in history on black people characterized all of them, with the "discovery doctrine", while with slight permutations, defines the interactions across ethnicities in those areas. Jones also makes clear the connection between Christian nationalism and white supremacy, and how much of the colonizing mindset, from the 15th century conquests of explorers like Hernando de Soto up until the expeditions of settlers moving West during the time of "Manifest Destiny" in the late 1800's, are defined by both ideologies. Before he leaves, Robert threads this particular needle to the present day in the time of Speaker Mike Johnson, someone he refers to as "the embodiment of Christian nationalism in a tailored suit."

And in the Fun Half, Sam and Emma touch on the terrible polling out of the NYTimes/Siena college, as well as ABCNews/Ipsos, that shows Biden's favorability plummeting and him losing multiple hypothetical swing state matchups with Trump, a showing so bad that even David Axelrod wants Biden to consider stepping aside. Then, they check in on some of the progressive House members appearances on the weekend shows, where Reps. Pramila Jayapal and Jamaal Bowman highlighted the complicity of the Israeli military on the atrocities in Gaza; they also take a look at Israeli historian Avi Shlaim debunking some of the rhetoric surrounding the so-called "divisiveness" of the phrase "from the river to the sea." They also take a look at Sen. Cory Booker trying desperately to stop a pro-ceasefire chant from growing at one of his rallies, to the tune of "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge. They then turn to Norm Finkelstein schooling some moron on Russia Today who accuses him of hating Jews (Finkelstein is the son of Holocaust survivors), then get to the most important thing on today's schedule: The premiere of the trailer for "Jingle Smells" the new Sean Hannity-produced Christmas movie starring former SNL luminaries Jim Breuer and Victoria Jackson. Plus, your calls & IM's!

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It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Jacob Silverman, co-author of the book Easy Money: Cryptocurrency, Casino Capitalism, and the Golden Age of Fraud with Ben McKenzie, and host of The Naked Emperor podcast on the CBC, to discuss FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried's recent fraud and conspiracy convictions. And, Jacob has a special announcement! First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the FTC’s case against Amazon, more Eric Adams drama, Trump’s fraud case, the EPA, and the US economy, before discussing the Democratic fear-of-ceasefire when doing any messaging – and the importance of that starting to shift Jacob Silverman then joins, diving right into the collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried, the former face of Crypto, beginning one year ago today with the leaking of an FTX balance sheet exposing the first strands of massive conspiracy and fraud between SBF’s companies FTX and Alameda, leading up to this week’s conviction of him and multiple co-conspirators. After walking through the economic exposé, Silverman parses through the uncovering of the farce of SBF’s philosophy of “effective altruism,” and the expansive ties of FTX’s funds, before wrapping up with why this disaster hasn’t tainted the crypto industry as much as would be expected. Sam and Emma also look at the incredible cold-hearted coverage of Palestinians by the mainstream media, and touch on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ comments on the hypocrisy of zionist “democracy.”

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Jewish Voice for Peace, the Philly Palestine Coalition, and If Not Now swarm Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, discuss the influence of the war on terror on Netanyahu’s regime, and the potential economic influence of the Ben Gurion Canal on Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine. The GOP turns on Tommy Tuberville, the Las Vegas culinary union plans a strike, and Donald Trump launches Trump University 2.0. The MR Crew remembers Ady Barkan, plus, your IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:47pm EST

It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Blair LM Kelley, director of The Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina, to discuss her recent book Black Folk: The Roots of the Black Working Class. First, Emma runs through updates on Biden’s call for a humanitarian pause in Gaza, Dick Durbin’s call for a ceasefire, the death toll in Gaza, the split between House and Senate GOP, the failure of both censure votes in the House, Oregon’s teachers strike, and legal battles involving Trump and trans rights, before parsing through Lindsay Graham’s despicable response to Israel’s bombing of Palestinians civilians. Blair LM Kelley then joins, jumping right into the absurd presentation of the working class in US politics, with a consistent focus on rural and suburban white populations despite the long and intricate history of a Black and POC working class in the US. First, Kelley steps back and parses through her own family’s history as members of the Black working class in the US, exploring how they were barred from working the jobs that they were skilled in or that allowed them any economic or social freedom – a practice deeply embedded in the US’ history well after the Civil War – before stepping back to analyze how this systemic deskilling of African Americans alongside the social segregation worked to shape the stereotypes of Black Americans as dependent on the government, despite the constant reality of Black Americans paying the same taxes and receiving drastically fewer benefits. Skipping a couple of centuries forward, Kelley then walks Emma through the role of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the designation of “essential” workers, in bringing the problem of proper compensation and fair working conditions for Black and POC Americans back to the fore. Next, Kelley looks at the industry of domestic labor as a central institution in the stunting of labor rights and conditions for Black and POC Americans – particularly women – before wrapping up with the myth of the “Working Class Trump Voter” and the intense intersection between labor and citizenship in the topic at hand. Emma also touches on the recent raid of a top Eric Adams fundraiser by the FBI and NYPD.

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Direct download: 11_2_Kelley_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:38pm EST

It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with author and labor organizer Jane McAlevey about the UAW's recent progress in obtaining tentative agreements with the Big Three automakers, as well as the state of U.S. labor organizing writ large. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s bombing of Gazan refugee camps, international backlash to Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing, more GOP infighting, labor action, Trump’s legal cases, a suit against realtors, Biden’s student loan program, and the continued need for humanitarian aid in Ukraine, before touching on Wolf Blitzer’s astonishment as he interviews an unapologetic IDF spokesperson on the recent bombing of refugee camp in Gaza. Jane McAlevey then joins, walking through her insider perspective on the evolution of the labor movement over the last three decades, with the Chicago Teachers Union’s election of Karen Lewis in 2010 marking a major turning point in the raising of worker expectations across the US, planting the seeds for a renaissance of worker action over the next decade, before the Pandemic slammed a brief lid on growing discontent, ramping up the pressure on the working class and resulting in the post-COVID explosion of labor action across the US. Next, McAlevey focuses in on the UAW’s particular journey over the last decade, beginning with an assist from the DOJ with an investigation into the corruption of UAW leadership forcing the union structure’s hand in holding a direct election of the next union president, a choice that – when joined with low voter turnout – saw the election of Shawn Fain (despite extended pushback from remaining leadership). Moving into the era of Fain, McAlevey explores what we can learn from the UAW’s incredible militancy, and addresses the biggest errors she sees facing modern unionization attempts, before she, Sam, and Emma assess the rulings coming out of the NLRB, and the valuable (but limited) impact they can have. McAlevey also tackles both what the UAW’s strike won, and why that victory was so important, before wrapping up with what’s on the horizon for labor organizing in the US.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma talk about AI and copyright, watch the footage of Code Pink’s protest of Blinken, and address the absurd and enraging conflation of anti-zionism and anti-semitism. The MR crew also shares some bigfoot stories, watch Mike Johnson and Tulsi Gabbard present their bigotry on Fox, and Joe Rogan and Elon Musk invent a perpetual smoke-blowing machine. Plus, your IMs!

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Happy Halloween & News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma speak with Daniel Nichanian, editor-in-chief of Bolts Magazine, to discuss the biggest upcoming races and ballot measures next Tuesday November 7th. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s rejection of a ceasefire, the continuing ethnic cleansing of Gaza, advancing attacks in the West Bank, Mike Johnson’s speakership, the Supreme Court ethics investigation, the Maine Shooter, and X’s dwindling worth, before watching Shawn Fain’s statements on the UAW’s record contract as a “call to action” to workers everywhere. Daniel Nichanian then joins, diving right into updates on Ohio’s continuing abortion referendum spree, with the first success this summer coming under challenge once again next Tuesday, also touching on the state’s other referendums, and where the mass-early voting numbers suggest these races will go. Next, Nichanian looks to Pennsylvania’s massive state Supreme Court election, a race that has already incurred millions in spending, exploring the particular role that voter and felon disenfranchisement play in the election, both as a major factor in who gets to vote and as a central agenda item facing the Court. Wrapping up, Daniel walks Sam and Emma through the other states with the biggest disenfranchisement problems heading into Tuesday, namely Kentucky, Mississippi, and Virginia, and what to look for as their constituents head to the ballot box.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma put out a call to action to parse through Speaker Johnson’s podcast, parse through various issues with mainstream media’s ongoing coverage of the “Israel-Hamas war,” and Eric Weinstein finally takes a brave stand in talking about the Israel-Palestine conflict. Patrick Bet-David brings DeSantis to heel, Al from Cincinnati expands on Ohio’s upcoming ballot, and Sydney from Washington asks for some help with Rep. Gluesenkamp. Evan from Texas dives into Texas’ upcoming referendum, Greg Gutfeld bravely takes on criticisms of collective punishment, and Stephen Crowder finally takes on theocracy, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 10_31_Nichanian_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:17pm EST

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Brian Merchant, tech columnist at the Los Angeles Times, to discuss his recent book Blood in the Machine:The Origins of the Rebellion Against Big Tech. First, Sam runs through updates on Israeli operations in Gaza as 2 million Palestinians remain stuck in a terrorized blackout, external (and internal) calls for ceasefire, UAW’s record contracts, and Donald Trump’s candidacy, before watching Hunter Professor Rosalind Petchesky’s reflections from Friday’s Jewish Voices for Peace protest in Grand Central. Brian Merchant then joins, diving right into the misrepresentation of the Luddites in mass culture – largely expressing their aversion to technology as a problem of intelligence or conservatism, rather than their actual ideology, which objected to technology’s role in increasing (rather than decreasing) labor exploitation in industrializing England. Stepping back, Merchant then contextualizes the rise of Luddism in the 18th Century, walking through the particularly rapid mechanization of the textile and cloth industries, bolstered by increasing cotton production from the slave trade in North America, and the complete alignment of the Crown with the Capitalists’ decision to leverage technological development for themselves, and against labor, consumers, and community. Next, Merchant dives into the story of George Meller to paint a picture of the climax of the Luddite movement at the turn of the 19th Century, as, despite their best efforts, the 1800s see even more anti-labor automatization, pushing their tactics from disruption to destruction, only for violent pushback from the Crown and dwindling public support to eventually crush the movement. Wrapping up, Merchant explores the legacy of the Luddite movement, both as a foreshadowing of the role of the state in labor disputes, and in putting forward the blueprint for the militant unionism we see carried out by the most successful labor coalitions of today.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Netanyahu update the public on Israel’s ground operation in Gaza with an unsurprisingly genocidal allegory, and explore the diverse array of dehumanizing reactions to the conflict among Democratic figures – from Fetterman and Gottheimer to Jake Tapper. They also discuss Mike Pence’s failure to hang with the GOP Presidential hopefuls, and DeSantis’ attack on Pro-Palestine college voices, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:18pm EST

It's Casual Friday! Sam is BACK from jury duty! He speaks with Ryan Grim, DC Bureau Chief at The Intercept, to round up the week in news. First, Sam runs through updates on the US’ airstrike in Syria, Israel’s tank raids in Gaza, the climbing death toll in Gaza, UAW labor action, the shooter still on the run in Maine, Mike Johnson’s Speakership, Georgia’s gerrymander, and George Santos’ standing within the NY GOP. Ryan Grim then joins as he and Sam walk through Biden’s decision to bomb Iranian facilities in Syria in an attempt to *prevent* the Israel-Gaza conflict from becoming regional, before stepping back to look at the problems with Biden’s greater approach to the ethnic cleansing in Gaza, including his recent choice to legitimize doubts about the internationally-backed numbers of Gaza’s Ministry of Health, and his full-throated backing of Israel’s mission. After tackling some of the other responses we’ve seen from the US left, Grim and Sam watch some of Mike Johnson’s theocratic highlights through the years as they explore the absurdity of his speakership, and the Republican party as a whole, before wrapping up with an assessment of the Matt Gaetz of it all.

And in the Fun Half: Sam talks with Russell from Dallas about gun control activism, Sam from Boston discusses his roots as a Christian Gazan, the devastating impact of the war on his community, and the interfaith nature of Palestine and Palestinians. Republicans attempt to claim Trans rights interfere with school shootings, Jamie from Maine expands on the states’ upcoming referendums, and Donald Trump continues to lead the GOP’s presidential hopefuls. Dave Rubin gets triggered by the mere mention of Sam, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:10pm EST

It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Katie J. Wells, postdoctoral fellow at Georgetown University, to discuss her recent book Disrupting D.C.: The Rise of Uber and the Fall of the City. Then, she speaks with Alex Sammon, politics writer at Slate, about the new speakership of Rep. Mike Johnson and his recent piece in Harper's entitled "Forbidden Fruit: The anti-avocado militias of Michoacán." First, Emma runs through updates on yesterday’s mass shooting in Maine, the ongoing hunt for the shooter, Israel’s sneak preview of the mass cleansing of Gaza, the IDF’s bombing of journalists’ families, Mike Johnson’s speakership, UAW labor success, Trump’s legal woes, North Carolina’s gerrymander, and Hurricane Otis wreaking havoc on Acapulco, before watching Newt Gingrich step forward to bravely spin yesterday’s mass shooting for the GOP. Then Katie J. Wells joins, first stepping back to contextualize the Uber boom in 2011 within the recovery from the great recession and a massive influx in money to Silicon Valley, and the lingering impact of mass urban disinvestment and decay of the 1980s. Next, Wells looks to this moment as the apex of the rise of technological solutionism, parsing through the story of D.C. Taxicab Commission Chairman Ron Linton’s attempted sting on Uber’s illegal operation, and the following pivot by the city to begin a push against regulation as a public good, embracing Big Tech’s fig leaf for cheaper labor practices. After walking through the incredible political battle that Uber and Big Tech waged to push the gig economy past local economies, Katie and Emma wrap up with an acknowledgment of the important role Uber has played for workers in the gig economy, and the need for greater economic reform so Uber is no longer a viable solution. Alex Sammon then walks through his assessment of the nascent Speakership of Mike Johnson, a nondescript right-wing bigot, first clarifying what distinction the GOP moderates were able to manufacture between him and other extremist candidates, before tackling his generically bigoted, theocratic, and fascistic agenda. Wrapping up, Sammon tackles Johnson’s role in representing the GOP’s extreme evangelical base, what that means for the future of queer people, and how the right-wing media is somehow spinning the election of the mastermind behind Trump’s coup as a success for moderate republicanism.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they watch the continuing dehumanization of Palestinians in mainstream news, Colin from Missouri explores getting involved in activism, and Mary from Maine on the horrors of her states’ gun laws. They also watch Owen Schroyer’s final plea as InfoWars abandons him ahead of his Insurrection jailing, Justin from Bremerton tackles some arguments for gun reform, Jeff from Minneapolis discusses the comparison between occupation in Palestine and Ireland in the 1900s, and the MR Crew watches Celtic fans in Glasgow show stunning solidarity with Palestine and Gaza. Shawn Fain announces major victories in the UAW strike, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's Hump Day! Emma speaks with Sophia Moccio and Aaron Habrack, ICU nurses at the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to discuss the recent developments in their strike, which has lasted over 75 days. Then, Emma is joined by Bhaskar Sunkara, president of The Nation, to discuss his recent piece in The Guardian on the 40th anniversary of the coup in Grenada. First, Emma runs through updates on Israel’s bombarding of a blockaded Gaza, the UN Secretary General’s calls for a ceasefire, DeSantis’ crackdown on pro-Palestine action, and the potential speakership of Mike Johnson. Sophia Moccio and Aaron Habrack then join, first reflecting on the 83 days that they and the other RWJ Nurses have been on strike and the severe backlash that they’ve faced at the hands of RWJ management, before stepping back to assess the conditions that pushed the nurses to this point, with a particular focus on the over-working and under-staffing that led to poor patient care. After looking at the massive role RWJ plays within both New Brunswick and New Jersey writ large, Sophia and Habrack tackle the legislative reform they’re hoping New Jersey will institute, and how we – on the outside – can help. Bhaskar Sunkara then jumps right into the forgotten story of the only successful socialist revolution in the anglophone world – that of Grenada – and what we can learn from its memory 40 years after a US invasion crushed it. After briefly exploring the role that socialist internationalism – particularly with Cuba – played in bolstering this revolution (and the US’ opposition to it), Bhaskar steps back to walk Emma through the conditions of the absurd and corrupt rule of Eric Gairy that primed the radicalizing afro-Caribbean population for revolution, exploring how some 50 people drew on popular support to overthrow a regime of thousands. Next, Sunkara and Emma run through the overwhelming and immediate success of the socialist policies under Maurice Bishop, as well as the incredible effort it took from an incredibly small movement, before wrapping up with the eventual decline of Bishop’s regime and the Regan-backed overthrow of his party after four short years in power.

And in the Fun Half: Emma discusses the Peter Thiel–SBF origin connections, explores Eric Toller and the NYT’s visual investigation into Israel’s role in the bombing of al-Ahli Arab Hospital, and why such reporting is so important. Sandy from Ontario expands on yesterday’s discussion about the ostracization and marginalization of Sarah Jamma from Canadian politics, the Speakership of anti-gay, anti-choice, and election-denying bigot Mike Johnson, and the GOP’s continuing attack on Social Security. Yosef from Israel on his appreciation for MR’s Reporting (and a small piece of context), and Barnaby Raine touches on the UK’s anti-Semitic panic, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's News Tuesday! But first, Emma speaks with Jacob Sugarman, lifestyle editor at the Buenos Aires Herald, to discuss the recent results in the Argentinian presidential race, which is now heading into a runoff. First, Emma runs through updates on the growing death toll in Gaza, the release of Hamas’ hostages, Donald Trump’s legal and electoral woes, UAW labor action, the impeachment of Joe Biden, the first publicly funded religious charter school, and Bob Menendez’s complete lack of guilt, before parsing through recent statement from both State Department martyr Josh Paul and AOC on the US’ failure to hold Israel to account with the Leahy law. Jacob Sugarman then joins, parsing through the lukewarm good news coming out of Argentina, with the center-left’s Sergio Massa beating out far-right dark horse candidate Javier Milei and pushing the presidential election to a runoff, before stepping back to analyze what so particular about Milei’s brand of “anti-establishment” politics, anarcho-capitalism, and general bigotry, and why it has won him his base of young Argentinian men. After contextualizing Milei’s rise within the ongoing economic crisis facing Argentinians today, which has seen years of skyrocketing poverty, debt, and inflation, Sugarman walks Emma through the alternatives to Milei’s anarcho-capitalism, namely Sergio Massa, before wrapping up with the dangers of historical revisionism among the far-right and their junta connections. Emma also touches on the myth of a crimewave, the House GOP’s Speakership chaos, and dances on the grave of an enemy.

And in the Fun Half: Emma watches Fox & Friends go crazy for a ground invasion of Gaza, before parsing through the Times of Israel’s own assessment of such an operation, also talking with Ross from North Carolina on gameplan toward funding Ukraine, and watching Cenk Uygur the moral case for Palestinians on Piers Morgan. Timor from Ontario dives into the chaos in Canadian politics over Israel-Palestine divides, and the MR Crew watches speeches by Donald Trump on being Nelson Mandela, and Nelson Mandela on terrorism and Israel, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 10_24_Sugarman_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:19pm EST

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Ilan Pappe, professor of history at the University of Exeter and Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies, to discuss the ongoing conflict in Israel and Gaza. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s continuing bombardment of the people of Gaza, their expanding attack in the West Bank, global pro-Palestine action, the GOP’s speakership clown car, SAG-AFTRA’s strike, crime rates, and local news funding, before parsing through the hilarious task that is being a republican talking to media right now. Professor Pappe then joins, diving right into Israel’s response to the Hamas attacks on October 7th, including the media’s persistent revenge narrative arming the population for a compassionless siege on Gaza, the pervasive understanding by Israeli civilians that the Israeli army and government can’t and won’t protect them, and why – despite seeing the necessity – the Israeli public is not open to a discussion of alternatives to Israeli occupation. Stepping back, Professor Pappe then walks Sam and Emma through the genesis of the Zionist movement as an attempt to redefine Jewish identity as a nationality amid increasing persecution (and national-identity building) in 19th-century Europe, tackling backing of the project by European states and the US during the onset of the 20th Century, as they sought a clean expulsion of Jews from Europe, with an extra emphasis for the British on expanding their sphere of influence. After expanding on the Western-led colonial structure of the establishment of Israel – particularly in the ethnic cleansing of local populations – Ilan Pappe walks through the thriving cosmopolitan world of pre-Israel Palestine, one in which communities and religions coexisted, as a proper pretext for a discussion of the following eviction and cleansing of these local populations in the leadup to the Nakba in 1948, also touching on the use of Europe’s own crimes against Jewish people as a justification for the violence being imposed upon the Palestinians from 1948 on. Wrapping up, Sam, Emma, and Professor Pappe explore the obvious failings of an Israeli two-state solution, why a single multi-racial, multi-ethnic democracy with full rights for Palestinians is the only viable option, and how Israel and Palestine are reading the international responses to the occupation.

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Direct download: 10_23_Pappe_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:40pm EST

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma are joined by Heather Digby Parton, contributing writer at Salon.com and proprietor of the blog Hullabaloo, to round up the week in news. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on aid to Israel, Ukraine, and Gaza, respectively, Jim Jordan’s humiliation streak, Israel’s offensives and their rising death tolls, various US agencies, and Apple’s problem with Jon Stewart, before diving into the growing discontent with Israel among Arab countries in the Middle East. Digby then joins as she walks through her reflections on the last week in global politics, tackling the failure of Biden’s immediate response to Israel’s offensive, the potential of a greater regional conflict, and the shortcomings of the Ukraine comparison. Next, Digby, Sam, and Emma tackle the changing opinion on Israel – particularly among younger generations – as well as the right’s unsurprising response to the conflict (virulent Islamophobia) before shifting to the hilarity that is the state of the GOP, including the potential “solutions” to their speakership debacle, intra-party violence, and wrapping up with an assessment of where Trump stands in his various legal battles.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Donald Trump attempt to blame someone else for Iran’s nuclear program, Greg from Philly dives into the political shitshow that is British media, Chadwick from Detroit has a little conspiracy to share, and Blake from Detroit discusses freedom of speech for politicians. They also tackle the insane censorship and threatening of pro-Palestine voices, Israel’s complete failure in making the world safer for Jews, and a few updates on the Republican’s speakership debacle, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:08pm EST

It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! Emma speaks with Spencer Headworth, associate professor of sociology at Purdue University, to discuss his recent book Rules of the Road: The Automobile and the Transformation of American Criminal Justice. First, Emma runs through updates on the arrest of 500 peaceful anti-zionist protesters in DC at a Jewish Voices for Peace rally, the growing death and devastation out of Gaza, US Aid to war, Jim Jordan’s speakership, Trump’s legal battles, and the hot labor market, before parsing through the moving speeches by Rashida Tlaib and Naomi Klein at the JVP rally. Spencer Headworth then joins as he dives right into the evolution of the automobile and its particular impact on policing in the US. First, Headworth walks through the general bloody invention of the car (causing more American deaths over WWI than the war did), and the capitulation of the US government to the whims of corporations, initiating a slow but sure reassignment of the roads from a public place – for play, community, and commerce – to one exclusively for automobiles, with the criminalization of pedestrian use of the vast majority of streets under jaywalking. Expanding on this, Headworth dives into the impact of the automobile revolution on the implementation of the 4th Amendment, with prohibition law enforcement ramping up the use of “probable cause” to stop and search an automobile and its driver, particularly as traffic stops became the primary interaction between citizens and the state. Moving to the second half of the 20th Century, Emma and Spencer explore the role of both suburbanization – and the parallel decimation of urban areas – and in reinventing American segregation, and interstate highways in pushing the federalization of the very same crimes that were punishing Black and brown Americans at increasingly horrifying numbers, before tackling how all of these elements, aided by the wars on drugs and poverty, pushed racial biases to the center of policing strategy. Wrapping up, they look at the devastating impact of policing’s evolution alongside the automobile, and how it serves to reinforce the US police state. Emma concludes the free half by watching Fox & Friends begin to eat the moderate Republicans alive for refusing to endorse Jim Jordan’s speakership.

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It's Hump Day! Sam speaks with Caroline Lucas, executive director of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions (CKPU), to discuss the recent tentative agreement the union reached with management after a three day strike. Then, in a pre-recorded conversation, Sam spoke yesterday with Meron Rapoport, editor of Local Call and writer at +972 Magazine, to discuss his recent piece entitled

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:17pm EST

It's News Day Tuesday! But first, in a prerecorded conversation, Sam and Emma speak with Trita Parsi, executive vice president at the Quincy Institute, to discuss his recent piece on the escalating situation in Israel and Gaza entitled "Biden refuses to talk 'ceasefire' though it could prevent a regional war." First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Biden’s visit to Israel, calls from the House for a ceasefire, Jim Jordan’s upcoming speakership vote (and Democrats’ response), the UAW, SCOTUS, and Biden’s deal with Venezuela, before parsing through Ron DeSantis bringing his classic bigotry to the Israel-Gaza conflict as he tries to resuscitate his campaign. Trita Parsi then joins, outlining the peripheral players in the Israel-Gaza conflict, first looking to Hezbollah’s ongoing skirmishes with Israel to the north, as well as Iran’s relationship with Hezbollah, and the existing tensions between these players and Hamas, before walking through developments on the border between Gaza and Egypt, and the future of the 1.1 million inhabitants of northern Gaza. After tackling the Biden Administration’s and State Departments’ developing responses to the conflict, beginning with their full-throated support for military action in Gaza – to the point of banning the use of terms like “ceasefire” and “de-escalation” from any public statements – Sam, Emma, and Parsi explore Biden’s stance as largely tied to domestic opinion, rather than foreign policy, and what that means for pushing a ceasefire. Wrapping up, Trita discusses growing tensions in the West Bank amid the genocide of Gazans, and Sam and Emma cover another failed GOP speakership vote, live!

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma parse through the results from Jim Jordan’s Speakership attempt, explore the parallels and shortcomings of a Gaza-Iraq comparison, and talk with Haley from Montana about the politics of polling. The MR Crew also listens to the newest earsore in right-wing music, Matt Walsh discusses colonization and the wonders it did for human dignity, and Cucker from Chicago dives into labor ongoings in the retail, grocery, and pharmaceutical world. Kevin McCarthy blames Democrats for the GOP’s dysfunction, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:13pm EST

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch, to discuss the ongoing situation on the ground in the Gaza Strip. First Sam and Emma run through updates on stalled aid to Gaza, Israel’s ongoing assault, the West’s unconditional support for Israel, the GOP’s ongoing Speakership fight, fascist ongoings in the US, and surprising election results in Louisiana and Poland, before David Dayen helps them parse through the unsurprising absurdity of the House GOP’s speakership fight coming down to ultimatums from Fox News hosts. Omar Shakir then joins as he jumps right into the history of the Gaza Strip, from the beginning of its occupation by Israel in 1967, through the establishment of their full blockade on people, goods, and aid in the wake of their military withdrawal in 2005, which launched the current era of strict apartheid and de facto Hamas rule. After briefly touching on the international politics around the 2007 blockade and election of Hamas in Gaza, Shakir explores how the Israeli government has supported and maintained Hamas’ rule as a part of their “policy of separation” between Gaza and the West Bank, and a central tool against the establishment of a Palestinian state. Wrapping up, Omar explores the obvious parallels between the current assault on Palestinians in Gaza and the 1948 Nakba that began the occupation, the recent discovery of Israel’s use of white phosphorus, and what a push for a ceasefire and an end to apartheid could look like.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma continue to chat with David as they watch Marc Lamont Hill refuse to let Israel’s euphemisms for war crimes slide, Lindsay Graham’s attempt to use Israel to elect Jim Jordan, and Fox News’ attempt to argue that the true war crimes were making it look like Israel was committing war crimes in the first place. The GOP continues to struggle over the speakership as Jim Jordan rises to the top of the cr*ap heap, Washington Brain continues to infect DC as right-wing alienation eviscerates the suburbs, and a commenter has an interesting theory on aid to Israel, plus, your IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:42pm EST

It's Casual Friday! Emma is joined by Noah Kulwin, co-host of the Blowback podcast, to round up a chaotic week in news. First, Emma runs through updates on Israel’s impossible order to Gazans, rising death numbers, and continuing war crimes, as well as the US reneging on Iran, Bob Menendez’s corruption, labor action, climate change, and more, before parsing through the explicitly genocidal rhetoric coming from the top of Israeli and US politics. Noah Kulwin then parses through Israel’s ongoing siege of Gaza, including an impossible evacuation order, the complete lack of symmetry in the Israel-Palestine relationship, and the total control of Israel’s apartheid system. After touching on Israel’s knowledge of an impending attack, Noah and Emma discuss the severe (and unsurprising) failure of Israel’s attempt to beat Palestine into submission, before wrapping up with the dramatic double standards for pro-Palestine and pro-Israel stances in the media. Emma concludes the free half with a quick update on the rise and fall of the theoretical nomination of Steve Scalise to House Speakership, and the increasing bad blood within the GOP.

And in the Fun Half: Emma watches British journalist Owen Jones attempt to fend off a British MP’s relentless apartheid apologia, looks back on Noam Chomsky’s statements on the asymmetry of Israel-Palestine relations, and talks with Ulysses from Cincinnati about a new outsider candidate in the 2024 election. El from Toronto explores the role of conscription in Israel’s project of genocide, Karine Jean-Pierre calls anti-genocide rhetoric “repugnant” on behalf of Joe Biden, and Nathan from the South East discusses his perspective on the troubled teen industry. Matt Walsh finally has some thoughts on queer childhood, and Mike from Brooklyn discusses solidarity action with Palestine, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 10_13_Kulwin_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:48pm EST

Sam is coming to us LIVE for Day 2 of the Mass Torts Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada! First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s siege on Gaza, Blinken’s unconditional support for the IDF, Steve Scalise’s speakership limbo, expanding UAW action, stalling SAG-AFTRA negotiations, and general tidbits on US democracy, before exploring the ongoing disaster in Gaza as we stand on the precipice of an even larger crime against humanity, with Israel punishing some 2 million Gazans, half of whom are children, for the crimes of some 45k Hamas fighters. Sam then sits down with various lawyers from the law firm Levin Papantonio Rafferty as they parse through their ongoing mass tort cases against some of the world’s biggest corporations to hold them to account for their active lies and omissions. First, Caleb Cunningham joins to explore his work attempting to hold the “troubled teen” industry to account, walking through the unregulated rise of these carceral facilities for minors, and the pervasive trauma that they have left on the children and families they are supposedly helping. After touching on the tactics the industry uses to get around bad publicity or accountability, they wrap up with a conversation on the differences between class actions and other forms of mass tort. Troy Rafferty then joins to explore the devastating impact of Big Pharma’s price gouging of life-saving insulin medication, tackling the prevalence of diabetes and the central role insulin plays in mitigating its deadly impacts, and the role both manufacturers and pharmaceutical middle-men (called Pharmacy Benefit Managers) play in exponentially pushing up the prices on irreplaceable drugs, before they wrap up with a conversation on the failure of the US government to properly hold these bad actors accountable, and what a single-payer system could do to prevent this from ever happening again. Lastly, Peter Mougey discusses his ongoing battle against opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in actively perpetuating the opioid crisis in the US, and how they were able to track the malpractice on the part of these industries in refusing to flag clear regional abuse of their drugs. Sam and Emma also discuss the absurd coverage of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, with Fox & Friends painting Hamas’ violence as Palestinians being ungrateful, before they step back to walk through Hamas’ long-time history as a wing of Israel’s war against a Palestinian state, making parallels with the US’ midwifing of the Taliban. Wrapping up, Sam and Emma watch the “radical right” of the GOP immediately shut down any potential hope of a Scalise speakership, and Tim Pool points to female autonomy as the end of feminism.

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Direct download: 10_12_Mass_Torts_Day_2.mp3
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Sam is coming to us LIVE from the Mass Torts Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada! First, he and Emma run through updates on Israel’s assault on Gaza in the wake of Hamas’ terror attacks, the House GOP’s behind-closed-doors speakership battle, the Fed’s SILENCING of PATRIOT George Santos, and electoral battles in Ohio and North Carolina, before parsing through Biden’s recent statements on the Israel-Gaza conflict, and the speakership battle between Jim Jordan and Steve Scalise. Then, Sam is joined by various tort lawyers from the law firm of Levin Papantonio Rafferty to discuss their ongoing cases taking on some of the most heinous (alleged) lies and omissions perpetrated by corporations. First, Chris Tisi walks through the long-ongoing case against Johnson and Johnson for the myriad health defects that came from the talc in their Baby Powder formula – an issue of which J&J was well aware and actively sought to keep secret. After exploring the timeline of the case against J&J, Tisi dives into the company’s manipulation of US bankruptcy law to completely avoid paying the settlement of the case via the “Texas Two-Step,” and how he’s pushing to hold them accountable (once again). Sara Pappantonio then explores her case against the preterm-infant formulas of various companies, including Abbott Labs and Johnson and Johnson, for knowingly employing the use of cow’s milk despite preterm infants’ inability to digest it, resulting in devastating cases of necrotizing enterocolitis. Chris Paulos, next, dives into the prevalence of the active money laundering schemes run by massive banks for illegal operations – from terrorist organizations to gangs – and the cat-and-mouse catch-up game that has developed with lawyers and regulators chasing after these illegal operations as the banks attempt to find newer loopholes. Last, Cameron Stephenson tackles his developing case on Ozempic’s unnamed off-label side-effects that have come to light since the drug took off in popularity, including stomach paralysis and gastroparesis of various permanence, and what the early stages of these cases look like. Sam and Emma also touch on Nancy Mace’s quintessential theatre-kid routine on The House Floor, RFK’s evolution into libertarianism (and Trump’s fear of that), responses to Steve Scalise’s likely speakership nomination, and RFK’s Israeli propaganda.

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Direct download: 10_11_Vegas_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:24pm EST

It's News Day Tuesday! Emma speaks with Jeff Schuhrke, assistant professor in labor studies at SUNY Empire State University, to discuss his recent piece at In These Times entitled "“This Fight Is Global”: Workers Around the World Are Standing With Striking U.S. Autoworkers." Then, she's joined by blogger Ettingermentum to discuss his piece entitled "The Modern Electoral History of Transphobia." First, Emma runs through updates on Israel’s devastating siege on Gaza, including the rising death tolls on both sides, the international response to the conflict, international labor action, Kevin McCarthy’s obsession with stature, Bob Menendez’s desire to run for reelection, Trump’s fraud trial, and Oklahoma’s publicly-funded religious charter, before parsing through the Israeli government’s disturbing response to Hamas’ attacks this weekend, and the large role they played in Hamas’ rise. Professor Jeff Schuhrke then dives right into the massive size of this labor movement, with the US recently seeing hundreds of thousands of laborers on strike in recent weeks, driven in large part by the United Auto Workers’ rolling strikes against the big three auto-makers. Expanding on this latter point, Professor Schuhrke explores the international solidarity being shown to the UAW amid threats to export their jobs abroad for cheaper labor, with both independent Mexican unions and Lula da Silva’s Brazilian government extending support, before he and Emma wrap up with an assessment of the incredible international labor moment, and the future of international labor solidarity. Ettingermentum (or, Josh) then joins as he walks Emma through the evolution of the GOP’s mass transphobia campaign in the face of consistent electoral blowback. Josh first touches on the North Carolina Bathroom Law in 2013 – where the GOP attempted to use its Governorship and Super Majority in the state as a testing ground for their fascist legislation – and the resulting democratic governorship of Roy Cooper that continues to this day, before walking through the second wave of attempts around the 2016 election of Donald Trump, particularly those in Virginia and New Jersey, which failed so severely they saw Donald Trump pivot to a faux-Pro-LGBT stance for the 2020 race. Wrapping up, Ettingermentum and Emma explore the role of the Democratic Party and national media in propping up the legitimacy of this electoral strategy, their important shift towards highlighting the most extreme platforms of the GOP, and why voters won’t go for outright transphobic agendas.

And in the Fun Half: Emma and the MR Crew reflect on coverage of the Israel-Gaza war (including their own) with some help from Dave from Jamaica, Jimmy Dore and Tim Pool tiptoe around any support for Palestine, and Marco Rubio makes an outright call for genocide. Gabe from Philly explores Jewish liberation outside of Zionism, Kevin McCarthy brings the Freedom caucus into his response to the Israel-Gaza conflict, and Michael Knowles continues to exemplify the right-wing attack on education. Miguel S. calls in to explore the direct connections between poverty and crime, plus, your calls and IMs!Check out Jeff's piece here: https://inthesetimes.com/article/uaw-strike-international-solidarity-mexico-brazil-union-labor

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Direct download: 10_10_Schuhrke_Ettingermentum_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:34pm EST

Happy Monday! Sam is off today, but in honor of Indigenous People's Day he spoke with Peter D'Errico, professor emeritus of legal studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst,  about his recent book Federal Anti-Indian Law: The Legal Entrapment of Indigenous Peoples. But first, Emma spoke with Orly Noy, editor at Local Call and chair of B'Tselem's executive board, to discuss the recent fighting between Palestine and Israel.  Emma also walked through on the UAW’s labor action, Donald Trump’s assessment of RFK, a devastating earthquake in Afghanistan, and Gavin Newsom’s regressive veto campaign, before stepping back to look at the role of Israel’s ongoing apartheid state and Bibi Netanyahu’s genocidal government in pushing this conflict to its breaking point. Orly joins the show from Jerusalem, as she updates Emma on the state of war within Israel and Palestine, even as far from the primary conflict as Jerusalem is. Next, Noy parses through Bibi Netanyahu’s response as a perfect encapsulation of his political agenda, completely committing his power to punishing Gaza and Palestine, and shoring up his own political station. Expanding on this, Noy walks through the failure of the Israeli government to even provide safety for Israelis, dedicating their forces to a genocidal response and leaving civilian safety to civilian organizers, before she and Emma step back and assess the evolution of Netanyahu’s approach (or lack thereof) to Palestine, pulling every maneuver to bypass them politically, while maintaining a strict and severe military occupation. Wrapping up, Noy assesses Hamas’ outcast role in Palestinian politics and military resistance, and why ground invasion would be an incredibly dangerous development for the already criminally fragile open-air prison that is Gaza. Professor D’Errico then walks through the evolution of the doctrines of settler colonialism in what is now the United States, with the doctrine of Christian discovery that launched the colonial era from Spain and England setting the stage for the US’ own domestic justification for the “manifest destiny” agenda. Expanding on this, D’Errico and Sam explore the central cases in the establishment of Chief Justice John Marshall’s ‘Marshall Doctrine’ in Indian Law, which actively committed to the perspective of Christian dominion and discovery, and asserted the native peoples as a sub-human class unable to look after their land. Next, they look to the post-Marshall evolution of the doctrine, with the Court carrying its vision forward while slowly obscuring its origins, seeing it affirmatively cited even by supposedly progressive justices like RBH, without reference to Christianity. After expanding on the Marshall Doctrine’s secondary purpose as a reinforcement of federal domination over the states, D’Errico wraps up by walking through the contemporary battles over the Marshall Doctrine, the push for full assimilation of Native territories, and the need to bring the origins of the doctrine back into full public view.

And in the Fun Half: Emma and Matt watch Jordan Peterson’s homophobia get easily sliced by Jim Jeffries, Lucy from Tallahassee dives into her perspective on DeSantis’ culture war, and Mustafa Barghouti makes an impactful appearance on CNN in the wake of Hamas’ attacks this weekend. Nancy Mace has no response to her support for alleged perpetrators and SA supporters Jim Jordan and Matt Gaetz, Jacob from Alabama discusses the Marriage Penalty on social benefits, the UK’s right-wing spiral continues, and Alfred from Texas puts forward a counterfactual to assuage European culpability on Indigenous Peoples Day, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 10_9_Noy_Derrico_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:25pm EST

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Alex Pareene, Contributing Editor at the New Republic and co-host of the Politics of Everything podcast, to round up the week in news. Then, they're joined by  David Feldman of The David Feldman Show!

 

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Alex Pareene, Contributing Editor at the New Republic and co-host of the Politics of Everything podcast, to round up the week in news. Then, they're joined by  David Feldman of The David Feldman Show! First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the job market, Biden’s concerning anti-immigration push, environmental collapse, the GOP Speakership race, Right-Wing legal woes, another killer cop not getting charged, and Cornel West’s candidacy, before parsing a little deeper through Biden’s attempt to shirk responsibility for his regressive immigration policy. Alex Pareene then joins, as they tackle the unsurprising – yet nonetheless disappointing – developments around Dianne Feinstein’s seat, also diving into the absolute chaos within the GOP, from the Speakership battle and the government shutdown to its absolute absence of an agenda. After briefly expanding on a hilarious predicament the House GOP has put themselves in, Alex, Sam, and Emma wrap up with an analysis of various left-wing presidential candidacies. David Feldman then joins to educate Sam and Emma on film history, the Tiki Torch agenda, and the real takeaways from Shelby County vs. Holder.

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Direct download: 10_6_Pareene_Feldman_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:26pm EST

It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with journalist Vincent Bevins about his recent book If We Burn:
The Mass Protest Decade and the Missing Revolution. Then, she's joined by Brian Concannon, human rights lawyer and executive director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy (IJDH) in Haiti, to discuss the UN's recent authorization of Kenyan forces into Haiti in an attempt to stabilize the country.

First, Emma runs through updates on the House GOP’s Speakership Fight 2.0, Biden border hawkery, the arrest of Code Pink activists, COVID vaccines, the Menendez fraud, various fraudulent GOP campaigns, Biden’s student debt relief, and the Alabama gerrymandering case, before parsing through the incredible launch of a 75k strong Kaiser Permanente healthcare workers’ strike. Vincent Bevins then joins, diving right into his work exploring the 2010s through the lens of mass protest and their impact, bringing to light the shocking fact that many of the most notorious protests of the era lead to the very opposite of their original goals. Next, looking to his key examples, Bevins walks Emma through the mass protests that exploded in Brazil in June 2013, looking at the role of mass and social media in highly publicizing the protests and the state’s violent response, and expanding the protests well beyond their original aims as various political groups took advantage of the moment, pushing aside the social democratic goals of original organizers in favor of broad anti-corruption, anti-regime ideas, all of which laid the path to the corrupt anti-corruption case that jailed Lula da Silva and landed Bolsonairo in the presidency. Expanding on this, Vincent Bevins parses through the failure of the organizing strategy of the new left – following decades of the crippling social and organizing structures under neoliberalism and atomization – and why the decentralization presented by largely media-driven mobilization can often see moments hijacked by more centralized and politically powerful groups, before looking more carefully at the evolution of the internet over the last two decades, and how the ideas of the social good of the internet and the neoliberal "end of history" were actively challenged as mainstream ideas. Wrapping up, Vincent and Emma explore what the successful protests of the era looked like, and the importance of a movement that speaks for itself – lest someone else speak for them. Brian Concannon then tackles the recently approved, UN-backed, Kenyan-run mission to police the people of Haiti, walking through the birth of the mission in the U.S. State Department and their intense desire to not be seen killing Black Haitians in poor neighborhoods, resulting in their outsourcing of the project to the Kenyan military. Next, Concannon parses through the interests behind the State Department’s project to maintain the unelected regime of Ariel Henry – a project they present as pro-democracy – and their hope to avoid conflict before the 2024 election, before they wrap up with an assessment of the material impact of Biden’s anti-immigration presidency.

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