The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Katharina Pistor, Edwin B. Parker Professor of Comparative Law at Columbia Law School and Director of the Law School's Center on Global Legal Transformation, joins Sam to discuss her new book, "The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality."

Capital is the defining feature of modern economies, yet most people have no idea where it actually comes from. What is it, exactly, that transforms mere wealth into an asset that automatically creates more wealth? The Code of Capital explains how capital is created behind closed doors in the offices of private attorneys, and why this little-known fact is one of the biggest reasons for the widening wealth gap between the holders of capital and everybody else.

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Trump wants his border wall with Mexico completed by Election Day, even if he has to break the law to do it. 

Meanwhile the Mad King says it’s OK to mow down one of the largest rainforests in the world.

And lastly, a federal judge blocks an almost total ban on abortion in Missouri, set to take effect today. 


HuffPo reports that Trump’s trade war is linked to the destruction of the Amazon, as U.S. soybeans sit in silos and Brazilian farmers push to break new ground to satisfy the Chinese market.

NBC News is reporting that the White House is funneling millions of dollars of FEMA disaster relief funds to ICE in order to detain 50,000 immigrants at one time.

CNN reports two US senators have been denied visas to Russia in what appears to be a retaliatory move on the part of the Kremlin. Ron Johnson, a Republican, and Chris Murphy, a Democrat, were scheduled to travel as part of a congressional delegation to Russia next week.

And Donal Trump seems to be a little worried about Elizabeth Warren, tweeting last night that he thinks the media is inflating the crowd numbers attending her Warren’s rallies. 

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