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It’s Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Heather Digby Parton, contributing writer at Salon.com and proprietor of the blog Hullaballoo, to round up the week in news. Then, they’re joined by Mark Bankston, partner at the law firm Farrar & Ball, to discuss a new case that he is taking up. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Iran’s impending retaliation against Israel, Israel’s ongoing prevention of certain aid amidst famine in Gaza, Biden’s student loan cancellation, the Senate’s new NLRB legislation, Biden’s closing of the gun show loophole, climate change numbers, and the SCOTUS corruption scandal(s), before diving into Pelosi’s ongoing condescension to Palestine supporters and anti-genocide activists despite her call to halt arms sales to Israel. Digby then joins, diving right into Arizona’s recent State Supreme Court decision that reverted the state to an 1860s law criminalizing abortion, the GOP responding to the ongoing abortion pressure by attempting to make the 15-week appear like a moderate position, and the lies behind the right-wing’s “exceptions” and “states rights” arguments. Next, they look to Donald Trump’s legal woes, as Heather walks Sam and Emma through the genuine threat Trump feels from his hush money trial, first exploring the tabloid fears before tackling the political consequences of a campaign finance violation that has already put Michael Cohen in jail (admittedly on federal charges), before wrapping up with what to expect from this case’s development now that it’s in Alvin Bragg’s court. Mark Bankston then joins, first updating Sam and Emma on the developments in his case representing Ben Brody, who was publicly accused by Elon Musk of being a Neo Nazi involved in a Neo Nazi brawl despite being a 22-year-old Jewish college student in a different state, including the case’s development into discovery and hearings. Next, Bankston breaks down his newest case representing Mauricio Garcia, who was wrongfully identified as the Alan, Texas Neo Nazi shooter by myriad right-wing media outlets from Fox and Newsmax to TimCast and Louder with Crowder, with no retraction or apology despite the obvious journalistic malpractice involved, cementing their lies and attacks on Garcia. Expanding on this, Mark, Sam, and Emma tackle the complete resistance to accountability from the defendants in this case so far, with some even going as far as to downplay the media corrections, from refusing to show the correct photo after showing the wrong one (*cough* Tim Pool *cough*) to fully dubbing the corrections a psyop, before wrapping up with a brief preview of the future of this case.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Ben Shapiro and Charlie Kirk go all in on the GOP’s new plan to straight-up lie to the American public about their abortion agenda, and listen to Jesse Watters struggle to mathematically conceptualize someone making less than $100k per year, plus, your IMs!

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It’s an EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Brett Christophers, Professor at the Department of Geography at Uppsala University in Sweden, to discuss his recent book The Price Is Wrong: Why Capitalism Won’t Save The Planet. Then, she’s joined by Ronnie Chatah, host of the Beirut Banyan YouTube channel and co-host of the MTV podcast, to discuss the current geopolitical circumstances in Lebanon.

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Direct download: 4_11_Christophers_Chatah_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

It’s Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with Jeremy Kimbrell, a measurement machine operator at the  Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Alabama and member of the volunteer organizing committee at the plant, to discuss the plant’s recent decision to file for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), to join the United Auto Workers (UAW). Then, they speak with Terri Gerstein, director of the Wagner Labor Initiative at New York University, to discuss the recent efforts in different states to weaken or strengthen child labor laws. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Arizona’s major State Supreme Court decision, Biden’s rhetorical and policy developments on Israel, inflation, immigration policy, EPA, ESDA, and FAA operations, and the candidacies of RFK and Cornel West, before diving a little deeper into Arizona’s Supreme Court decision reverting the state’s reproductive policy to an 1864 law. Jeremy Kimbrell then joins, diving right into his history working at Mercedes’ Alabama plant of around 5,000, and the progressive attempts to organize one of two (the other being in South Carolina) Mercedes plans not represented by a collective bargaining agreement, with the major revelations at the UAW in the wake of COVID coming about at the perfect time, and allowing the plant to begin their unionization efforts with the backing of a major union. After tackling the major emphasis on a democratic organizing process, Kimbrell steps back to parse through the recent unfair labor practice filings the plant has filed against Mercedes both domestically, and in German courts, and how they could play into the ongoing unionization process. Terri Gerstein then walks Sam and Emma through the role of child labor law in the US, largely setting stronger safety and work regulations for child labor on both the federal and state levels, and what ongoing attacks from the right are doing to undermine these regulations, including gutting permit requirements and redefining work to allow kids to work in previously-considered-hazardous workplaces. After looking at the particular roles of “fissured workplaces,” and right-wing state legislatures in worsening this issue, wrapping up the interview by tackling the additional issue of the US’ incredibly weak mechanisms of labor enforcement and accountability, and how we can start to change that.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma dive deep into the theocratic GOP’s ongoing attack on abortion, from Arizona legislators praying on the state seal to debates and defenses of Trump’s pivot to the “moderate” position of “let the states outlaw it,” before touching on the months late Democratic backlash to Israel’s ongoing genocide. Peter from California dives into the US relationship to antisemitism (and a new bill to enforce it), Kevin McCarthy goes on the offensive against his own pedophilic petard, and Teagan from Seattle updates MR on the dangers of a new British trans healthcare report. James from Long Island gives a worrying update on Nassau’s Bruce Blakeman, and Stephen Crowder and co. share their thoughts on women’s freedoms, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:12pm EDT

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, they run through updates on Netanyahu’s plan to cleanse Rafah, the ceasefire deal being pushed in Egypt, the UNSC’s assessment of Palestinian membership, the GOP’s insistence on maintaining child poverty, environmental regulation, and the legal woes of Donald Trump and Eric Adams, before diving into Biden’s newest iteration of a student debt relief plan and why he insists on repeatedly falling into the same traps. Sam and Emma also discuss Trump’s pivot back to states’ rights on abortion, and Laura Ingraham’s pivot back to defending states’ rights on abortion, and watch Biden’s new targeted Roe v. Wade ad, before parsing through the incredible success of the Child Tax Credit in alleviating child poverty in the US, and why the GOP (and some Democrats) are so insistent on killing it. After tackling the major climate change developments in Europe’s top human rights court, Sam and Emma wrap up the free half with the killing of the nomination of the potential first Muslim judge on the Federal Bench, and the ongoing struggle against institutionalized medical racism in the US.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma expand on the EPA’s recent pollution regulations, James Comer addresses AOC’s allegations that he’s using suspect Russian intelligence in his Biden impeachment, all because he’s using suspect Russian intelligence in his Biden impeachment, and RFK Jr’s Campaign Director paints a picture of an ideal Election Day for RFK – the election of Donald Trump. Doug from LA asks for business advice, Jacob Frey defends his veto of minimum wage protections for Uber and Lyft drivers to deafening silence, Michael Knowles continues to struggle in the art of drama, and the TimCast crew endorses embracing oppression, plus, your calls and IMs!

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

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with David Masciotra, author, lecturer and journalist based in Indiana, to discuss his recent book Exurbia Now: The Battleground of American Democracy. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s continuing operations in the ethnic cleansing of Gaza, mounting pressure on Biden to halt weapons transfers to Israel, Sec. Mayorkas’ impeachment, student debt relief, unionization, and Mike Johnson’s Ukraine aid package, before diving into Donald Trump’s new middle-ground stance on abortion legislation, and the subtle backlash from his evangelical base. David Masciotra then joins, first outlining the definition of the “exurbs” – distinct from suburbia due to its lower density and greater distance from urban centers, yet much wealthier and with much more robust infrastructure than rural areas – and exploring the particular role they play in bolstering far-right politics electorally. After contextualizing the rise of exurbs as a late-stage development of white flight beginning in the mid-‘90s, with real estate firms building up isolated communities in previously rural towns and using exclusionary politics and property tax gimmicks to recruit those still escaping the growing diversity of urban centers and even some suburban areas, Masciotra walks Sam and Emma through the infrastructure of exurbia’s isolation, with residents largely working outside of their towns while all civic, media, and commercial roles are taken over by mega-churches, casinos, and massive corporations, resulting in little-to-no connection with their community, much less the outside world. Wrapping up, David explores the major issue that comes with addressing these severely isolated communities, particularly when their “problems” largely arise from reactionary cultural issues grounded in racial resentment and Christian nationalism, and why our hope in conquering this issue lies in on-the-ground and bottom-up organizing.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma dive into the increasing pressure on Biden to halt weapons transfers to Israel after the IDF’s slaughter of the employees of DC’s favorite Chef José Andrés, Bernie Sanders’ staunch rejection of Biden’s rhetorical posturing of anger with Netanyahu, and Jonathan Guyer’s recent reporting on the role of one Brett McGurk in Biden’s Israel policy (particularly when it comes to the risk of expanding the conflict into a regional war). Jon Stewart discusses Apple’s massive fear of the FTC and Lina Khan, Dawn Staley has no time for transphobic fear-mongers, and far-right weirdos Rudy Giuliani and Brian Glenn posit interesting scientific theories. Bill Maher struggles to find common ground with Billy Dee Williams despite their shared appreciation for blackface.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:22pm EDT

It’s a Casual Friday all calls and all clips edition! Sam, Emma and the MR Crew break down the biggest stories of the week. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the opening of the Erez crossing for aid to Gaza, the US economy, Biden’s student debt relief, Trump v. Tish James, and immigration policy, before parsing through More Perfect Union’s leaks about major union-busting practices at Mercedes’ Alabama plant ahead of a major UAW unionization vote. Next, Sam and Emma look at the recent evolutions in US policy toward Israel’s genocide in Gaza, with Blinken revealing that Biden HAS, in fact, had the leverage to force Netanyahu and Israel’s hand with aid, as well as using the phrase “immediate ceasefire” (whatever that means to them), before tackling the recent report on Israel’s AI-facilitated “Where’s Daddy?” program used to target the spouses and children of their military targets, and watching Senator Coons come forward on conditioning aid to Israel. They also talk with Rick from San Francisco about the Affordable Connectivity Program, Scott from Monterey absolutely dismantles Sam’s anti-libertarian hypothetical, and Gary explores the concept of a 2024 Kamala Harris candidacy.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss Crowder’s potential unfair labor practices case, Nancy Mace beefs with Maria Bartiromo over Kevin McCarthy, and Rosanne Barr offers some quick wisdom for young women (it’s just blood libel). Bro Flamingo questions the reappearance of Hillary ahead of the 2024 elections, Dave from Haverhill blue-balls Sam, and Lara Trump offers up some sweet MyPillow talk. RFK defends his spoiler candidacy, PBD and co. have a pitch for Candace Owens, and Ronald Raygun puts on his rose-colored glasses for MR’s 20th anniversary, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4_5_Casual_Friday_-_pub.mp3
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It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Arvin Alaigh, writer & political activist from New Jersey, currently a Ph.D student at the University of Cambridge, to discuss his recent piece in The Nation entitled "Abolishing the “Ballot Line” Will Reshape Progressive Politics." Then, she speaks with Mya Frazier, journalist based in Columbus, Ohio, to discuss her recent piece in Harper’s entitled “The Eviction Experts.” First, Emma runs through updates on +972’s recent report on Israel’s use of AI technology to bomb the families of Palestinian targets, Biden’s supposed “anger” over Israel’s slaughter of World Central Kitchen workers, Israeli elections, Donald Trump’s legal woes, Ukraine’s war efforts, labor action in Alabama and Chicago, fascism in Texas and Alabama, and emissions reporting, before watching Richard Haass’ call for sanctions against Israel. Arvin Alaigh then joins, first walking through what New Jersey’s “ballot line” voting entailed, and how it drastically reduces the chances of outsider and non-county-endorsed candidates in state primaries. Stepping back, Alaigh walks Emma through the corrupt politics that the ballot line policy has enabled, with two major culprits, Governor Phil Murphy and Senator Bob Menendez, also inspiring the most recent scandal, with Gov. Murphy using his power to push his wife onto the preferred ballot spot to replace recently-indicted Sen. Menendez’s seat, seeing opposition Andy Kim file suit with no pushback from even Murphy’s allies. Wrapping up, Arvin tackles the current state of the suit, and the ongoing injunction against New Jersey’s ballot line policy. Mya Frazier then brings Emma through a brief history of her reporting on eviction and tenant-landlord power dynamics, and how reporting on the wave of evictions in the wake of the end of the COVID-19 eviction moratorium brought her to a corporate landlord conference of the Columbus Apartment Association. Expanding on this, Frazier walks through the major role that tech companies and startups played at the conference, advertising their ability to automate and streamline much of the landlord process, and how the automation trend plays with the increasing private consolidation of housing to severely undermines the power of tenants, bringing mass and constant eviction crisis to places like Columbus (Ohio). Next, Frazier parses through the severe necessity (and near impossibility) of federal housing regulation for tenants’ rights, before wrapping up with a who’s who of the consolidation of the housing market.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they discuss the heartwarming work of the World Central Kitchen and the White House’s heartless insistence that Israel has yet to break international law. Jack from Colorado calls in to discuss the ongoing shift of right-wing content creators to manosphere content, which transitions perfectly into a Charlie Kirk clip, and Kenny from Berkeley expands on the growing movement of student organizing. They also discuss Israel’s targeting of Iran amid US-Iranian negotiations, watch Chaya Raichik struggle to define wokeness in 2024, and talk with Ross from New York about depatriated and deported veterans, and the organizing efforts of Black Deported Veterans of America, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4_4_Alaigh_Frazier_-_pub.mp3
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It’s Hump Day! And Sam is coming to us LIVE from the Mass Torts Conference in Las Vegas!  Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s excuses for the slaughter of World Central Kitchen workers, Biden’s newest military support package for Israel, Biden’s poor swing state polling, yesterday’s primaries, Ukraine aid, Wisconsin politics, and the major earthquake that hit Taiwan, also watching Dr. Thaer Ahmad’s appearance on CNN after his walking out of a meeting where Biden was attempting to reach out to the Arab American community over Gaza. After briefly touching on the specific nature of mass tort law, Sam is joined by Tommy James of Tommy James Law in Birmingham, Alabama, first touching on his history as a trial lawyer and how he began representing institutionalized young people. Diving deeper into his work with kids in the “troubled teen” industry, James walks through how these for-profit institutions take unregulated money from both the state and families in a scam that claims to help the most troubled of kids, despite employing untrained, uncertified, underpaid, and overworked employees, and often leaving children with worse scars than they arrived with. Next, James walks through his recent and ongoing cases in the industry, before expanding on his ongoing cases suing the state DOE and DHR over approving the institutionalizing of children in sub-standard educational settings, and what the success of those cases could mean moving forward. Mike Papantonio of Levin Papantonio Rafferty then talks with Sam about the importance of holding corporations accountable for their crimes against the public, looking into his case against HSBC over their laundering of money for international criminal enterprises and terrorist organizations, why legal structures make it that even the worst of corporate associations can only be punished through civil means, and why, without actual criminal consequences, corporate accountability will continue to be a fantasy. Andy Childers, also from Levin Papantonio Rafferty, then joins to update us on his ongoing case regarding Abbott Labs and Johnson and Johnson’s continued marketing of cow’s milk formulas to preterm infants despite repeated and clear evidence that it has severe health effects in premature babies, including necrotizing enterocolitis, and the arguments this case hinges on. Wrapping up the show, Sam and Emma watch Rob Schmitt and Art Laffer (of the Laffer curve) pin inflation on worker wages, and Donald Trump is still a wildly xenophobic border fascist.

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Direct download: 4_3_Vegas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:48pm EDT

It's an EmMajority Report TUESDAY! Sam is out in Las Vegas for the Mass Torts Conference, so Emma is filling in! She speaks with Annelle Sheline, a former staffer with President Biden's State Department, to discuss the reasoning behind why she left her post, namely the Biden administration's efforts to continue to supply military assistance to the Israeli military's offensive in Gaza. First, Emma runs through updates on Israel’s murder of World Central Kitchen and expanding fascist effort, major headlines for today’s primaries, Florida’s abortion ban, RFK’s ballot access, Mike Johnson’s Ukraine Aid, and far-right legal battles, before expanding on the details of Israel’s slaughter of WCK workers. Anelle Sheline then joins, diving right into the context for her resignation in protest from Biden’s State Department, exploring her work on Yemen that preceded joining the government, and the continuing human rights work she participated in over the first year of her contract with the government. After parsing through the major factor – Biden’s continuing support for Israel’s genocide of Palestinians in Gaza – for her resignation, Sheline parses through some of the greater (albeit immaterial) dissent within the Biden government, including a State Department that is well-prepared to begin enforcing the human rights and arm-sales policies that the US is currently circumventing to support Israel’s war, also touching on why the electoral pressure of the “uncommitted” vote is having the biggest sway on Biden in terms of dissent. Next, Anelle walks Emma through the greater implications of Biden’s support for apartheid on a global scale, including how it plays into the US’ already degrading status on the international stage following the Iraq War and Donald Trump, and Israel’s continuing insistence on expanding the conflict throughout the Middle East, before wrapping up by touching on the role of the Abraham Accords in pushing this conflict, and the overwhelming domestic dissent facing Israel’s occupation (despite warming relations with some regimes). Emma also parses through the various “uncommitted” movements in today’s democratic primaries, and Wisconsin’s ballot initiatives.

And in the Fun Half: Emma talks with Owen from LA about the lack of coverage around bubbling dissent over relations with Israel in both Jordan and Egypt, as well as Turkey’s recent elections, before diving into coverage of Israel’s continuing slaughter of aid and healthcare workers in Gaza. Donald Trump dissects the aesthetic problems of genocide, Moody from Minneapolis expands on the horrors of the US’ elimination of UNRWA funding, and Charlie Kirk has a predictable problem with Larry David. Dave Rubin carefully asks Ben Shapiro about Candace Owens, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4_2_Sheline_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:50pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Yanis Varoufakis, economics professor and former Finance Minister of Greece, to discuss his recent book Technofeudalism: What Killed Capitalism. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on continuing US arms sales to Israel, infrastructure regulation, Florida’s Medicaid dump, New Jersey’s ballot design, and new reports on racial biases in medicine, also watching Christiane Amanpour talk with Zahiro-Shahar Mor about Israel’s failing genocide. Professor Yanis Varoufakis then joins, first walking through the evolution from Feudalism’s formula of land ownership and rent extraction to Capitalism’s formula of the ownership of the means of production and profit extraction, before diving into his concept of “Technofeudalism,” a rising system of digital fiefdoms – Amazon a primary example – where products not produced by the owner of the platforms are sold with a massive rent extraction. Expanding on this, Professor Varoufakis explores the role of these platforms’ ownership of the means of behavioral modification (via the extraction of data, once again, not produced by them) as an example of what he calls “cloud capital,” which takes up massive proportions of the global GDP and siphons it off from the labor market, before stepping back to analyze the role of the 2008 financial crisis and the commitment to the neoliberal dynamic of austerity for the people, socialism for the banks, in allowing the private world to funnel massive amounts of investment into cloud capital and allow existing companies (Meta, Google, Amazon, etc) to establish these digital fiefdoms. Wrapping up, Professor Yanis Varoufakis tackles the role that various fiscal and anti-trust policies, the idea of a bill of digital rights, and workplace democratization could play in helping to reclaim and reshape these technofeudalist fiefdoms.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Ramy Youssef say ‘Free Palestine’ to rapturous applause on SNL, Rep. Tim Walberg gets caught on camera calling for the genocide of Gaza, and Donald Trump Jr. talks hunting. They also watch Olayemi Olurin school Eric Adams on the Breakfast Club as they tackle the insane fear-mongering around crime in NYC, like “selling fruit” and “smoking weed,” plus, your IMs!

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