The Majority Report with Sam Seder (general)

Becky Bond the Political Director of this months sponsor Credo Mobile, explained Credo's history and why its outsider progressive approach is possible, the success of the Credo Super Pac in 2012, Credo's role in the fight to protect Medicare and Social Security and how Credo puts your dollars to work for good.

Filmmaker Ken Burns talked about hia new Documentary The Central Park Five, explained why five black and hispanic teenagers were convicted of a brutal crime they didn't commit, how the language and imagery of Jim Crow America, drove media coverage of the case, why the exoneration of the five received so little press attention and what the case of the Central Park Five says about all of us.

On The Better half: The Texas Legislature punishes Planned Parenthood and it backfires, Justice Scalia wants to know if we can't discriminate against Gay people, can we really oppose murder? And Michelle Bachman returns with some new amazing crazy.

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Writer Richard Yeselson, explained what a "right to work" state is, why Michigan's assault on collective bargaining is worse than Wisconsin's, why the United States has the lowest rate of Union membership in the industrialized world and recent examples of Union success.

On The Better Half: The Obama White House is waging the war on Christmas with Bo Obama leading the way according to Fox.com, more myths on Medicare and Social Security, Christian talk show host wants to start punching atheists in the mouth because they are "bullies" and Sam takes apart Nicholas Kristoff's new article calling for cuts in child welfare programs.

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread! 

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Digby explained how the beltway media test bad ideas, why elite Democrats are pushing for raising the eligibility age for Medicare, Digby still thinks President Obama wants a grand bargain and why pressure from the grassroots could save Medicare and Social Security.

On the Better Half: Congresswoman Virginia Foxx has a meltdown when a Congressional staffer rides in her elevator! Michigan Republicans push Union destroying bill through the state legislature,The Romney Ryan face tattoo guy is finally getting his tattoo removed after deciding Romney is a "sore loser" and your calls.

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Cliff and Sam talked about the Senate's rejection of the UN treaty on the disabled, Bob Costas speaks sanity on guns and right wing media hasa meltdown, Andrew Cuomo undermines Democratic and progressive power in New York, Mitch McConnell filibusters his own bill and hilarity ensues, and Sam and Cliff reflect on Jim Demint's move from the Senate to the Heritage Foundation.

Sam talks marriage with Film Guy Matthew, Matthew pushed back against Sam on Skyfall, and Matthew recommended the new films Green and theThe Sheik and I.

A father wants to take away his daughters right to vote because she voted for Obama and the Sam Seder Libertarian learning annex returns (no Ford didn't tell people that the Pintos gas tank exploded).

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Media Matters' Eric Boehlert explained how the conservative movement became a media movement, why the GOP's political leaders don't matter, why paranoid right wing rhetoric is good for getting viewersbut terrible for winning national elections, why conservative talkers don't care if Republicans win elections and how this interview all connects with Jim Demint picking up his crazy blocks and leaving the Senate for a new gig as the head of the Heritage Foundation.

Alan Simpson, takes his lie to young people campaign to the Daily Show. Sam takes everything apart in an epic breakdown of Simpson's absurd lies.

On The Half: Sam explains means testing, brings us a classic Random Rush, more thoughts on the Simpson-Bowles cult and your calls and ims.

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Sam held it down on his own today, explained what is really happening with the fiscal cliff, praised Obama and Pelosi for holding firm on tax increases for the top two percent, but worried that hacks like Steny Hoyer keep calling for cuts in Medicare and Social Security and checked in on the latest in Republican insanity

On The Better Half: can you negotiate with the GOP? In sad news Karl Rove and Dick Morris are benched on Fox News, Dick Army leaves Freedom Works, Roger Ailes begged David Petraeus to run for President and Murdoch would have bankrolled his run, Cory Booker: nice guy and corporatist and Sam schools a young Libertarian on the purpose of education.

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Freelance journalist Sarah Jaffe, explained the origins of the fast food workers strike in New York City, the logistical challenges of organizing fast food workers, the impossibility of living off of fast food wages, how the strikes grew out of community organizing efforts, the myth of teenage fast food workers and low paying jobs become middle class jobs through organizing.

Sam takes apart a plutocrat on Up With Chris, Obama fundraiser and multi millionaire real estate developer, Donahue Peeples made an disingenuous assertion about the Estate Tax and Sam called him out in epic fashion. Sam gives us the play by play.

On The Better Half: Listeners congratulate Sam for a job well done on Up With Chris, Sam is encourged by the Obama Administration's new negotiating strategy and Sam remembers TV battles with George Pataki and Thomas Friedman,

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Cliff Schecter explained by President Obama's opening offer on grand bargain negotiations was hugely encouraging, how progressives are flexing more muscle what does Obama's new more aggressive negotiating strategy mean for his second term? Sam and Cliff chuckle over  charles krauthammer Civil War meltdown and assess how delusional the Romney campaign was/is.

Sam told Isabel Gillie's why he is in a bad mood, Sam explained why Skyfall sucked and Isabel recommended the documentary Secrecy and revealed that her father worked for the CIA.

A new song from Jimmy Reefercake, The UN recognizes Palestine, Bradley Manning's Court case begins with harrowing testimony on his treatment in detention, do Republicans want Kerry for Secretary of State? and Sam closes us out with a Random Rush.

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The Nation's Sports Editor, Dave Zirin, talked with Sam about the legacy of Marvin Miller, the legendary leader of the Major League Baseball Player’s Association, explained how horribly Baseball players were treated before Miller began organizing them, the travesty of Miller not being in the Baseball Hall of Fame and will there be a NHL season?

Alan Charney of USAction, explained what progressive groups are doing to keep the pressure on Congress for tax increases on the wealthy and to protect the social safety net and why how Obama is important.

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Bill McKibben explained the Do the Math tour, the new evolution of climate activism, the fossil fuel divestment movement, the good news from Germany, why global climate talks are irrelevant until we break the power of the fossil fuel industry and what's coming next.

On The Better Half: a heart warming story, Glenn Beck ever more disgusting and desperate, a Idaho state politician peddles an insane plan for Romney to become President in January and Sam does not like Andrew Cuomo.

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