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Rolling Stone's, Matt Taibbi: explained the problem with the new student loan bill in Congress, why student loans lead to indentured servitude, how we could make college more affordable, why the student loan crises is like the housing crises and how student loans are crushing young people and the middle class.

On The Better Half: the Libertarian learning annex returns, why action in Syria needs international sanction, why markets and society are different and your calls and IMs.

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Happy Labor Day! Today on the program we bring you a collection of great speeches that celebrate labor and people power from FDR, Mario Savio, John Lewis, & more!

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NSA whistle-blower Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack, DOJ whistle-blower, on the government’s intimidation and personal destruction of whistle-blowers as well the Obama Administration's use of the Espionage Act and journalist Tim Shorrock explained the war on transparency.

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Sarah Jaffe, explained the origins of the fast food workers strike in New York City, the impossibility of living off of fast food wages and low paying jobs become middle class jobs through organizing. Also Sam took apart a plutocrat Donahue Peeples on Up With Chris last winter and he gave an incredible play by play and from Ring Of Fire an interview with Harper's columnist Thomas Frank.

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On today's show recording of Sam's hosting an event in support of freeing journalist Barret Brown who faces criminal charges for his journalistic work exposing the private security firm Stratfor. Speakers include Wikileaks attorney Michael Ratner, Icelandic MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir, activist Alexa O'Brien and much more.

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8/26/13

The Center For American Progress's Ruy Teixeira: explained why raising the minimum wage is overwhelmingly popular, how the minimum wage splits the Republican coalition, how Democrats can can win on this issue and the importance of progressive economics for Democratic success.

On The Better Half: the NSA spied at the UN, NSA employees spied on love interests, Assad uses chemical weapons in Syria, Donald Trump sued for fraud and your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter: explained how the NFL pressured ESPN not to do a documentary on player safety, are the new leaks in the Uk Independent designed to undermine Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald, does the NSA even know what Edward Snowden took? And the conviction of Chelsea Manning and the rights sickening exploitation of the Lane murder to promote guns and racism.

Film Guy Matthew Weiss talked Mike Leigh and Ray Carney, the legacy of film studies professor Ray Carney, why the digital age hasn't always meant more artistic diversity, he offered several sites to track independent films and he recommended the documentaryHow To Make Money Selling Drugs and the film What Maisie Knew.

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Princeton Professor, Eddie S. Glaude Jr, explained the roots of the March on Washington, Malcolm X's original critique of the march, how mainstream America has co-opted the Civil Rights Movement, how the left has been marginalized, why the Obama Administration's failures to hold banks accountable undermines King's social justice tradition, the intersection between social progress and economic justice and is the end of Black America?

On The Better Half: the Obama Administration moves to give Bush Administration officials criminal immunity, Chelsea Manning gets more prison time than actual traitors, why Elizabeth Warren has been great so far, Republicans now blame Obama for Katrina and your calls and IMs.

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Bradley Manning is sentenced to thirty five years in prison, why Manning has already faced torture and cruel and unusual punishment, why the Manning trial was about intimidation, how the Obama Administration protects torturers and ruthlessly prosecuted Manning.

Even the NSA does not even know how many documents Edward Snowden has in his possession, why the NSA has a terrible record on privacy protections and the NSA is not only tracking metadata on the Internet but also user content.

On The Better Half: Fukushima power plant still leaking deadly radiation into the global environment, the SEC will now force Wall Street banks to admit wrong doing, Obama pushes regulators to speed up implementation of financial reform, Gay journalist speaks out on the attack on Gay rights on Russian television, Random Rush and your calls and IMs.

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The New Republic's Julia Ioffe explained: Russia's new anti Gay laws, why reactionary politics are succeeding in Russia right now, Putin's extreme social politics, why homophobia is seen as protecting Russian identity, how the international community should respond and why Russia is protecting Snowden.

On The Better Half: Ted Cruz renounces the best part of himself, Maine's Governor says Obama hates white people, fast food workers call for a day of national strikes, UK authorities destroy computer files at the Guardian's office, Jeffrey Toobin makes an illogical argument about Edward Snowden and your calls and IMs.

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Political analyst Daniel Levy explained why Egypt is in the middle of a counter revolution, how the military continues to rule Egypt, what is the "Deep State", where Islam and Democracy go from here and how the United States should respond.

Journalist Ryan Devereaux, explained the roots of NYC's Stop and Frisk program, the police whistleblowers who exposed the program as a form of racial profiling, the legal case against Stop and Frisk and why Judge ruling against the program implicates the Bloomberg/Kelley law enforcement strategy.

On The Better Half: Glenn Greenwald's partner held at London's Heathrow Airport and questioned under the UK's terrorism act, Scott Brown wants to run for what? A Republican Congressman tells a little girl her dad should be deported, Michael Bloomberg wants residents of New York City public housing to be finger printed and your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter explained why Republicans are freaking out about Obama putting Solar Panels on the White House, an internal audit shows the NSA violated privacy protections thousands of times, why Snowden's leaks of done a big service to the country, what options do we have in Egypt? Eric Holder's bold steps on sentencing reform and the movement towards prison reform.

Isabel Gillies loves Bill de Blasio's momentum, Isabel explained why Christine Quinn is a Republican, talked about the new Netflix show Orange Is The New Black and Isabel recommended the documentary Jig on kids who practice Irish step dancing.  

Crazy Christian right radio host claims Obama was photoshopped into the Bin Laden raid Situation Room photo and your calls and IMs.

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Egypt's military regime has killed over five hundred people in a wave of brutal crackdowns against the Muslim Brotherhoods supporters, how Egypt's military has shed liberal support for its Coup, why we don't have leverage in Egypt, Russia's new anti Gay laws, and why the boycott against Russian Vodka is working.

On The Better Half: Megyn Kelly replacing Hannity is a victory for the Gays! Says far right activist, professional wrestler comes out as Gay, Rahm Emmanuel lied about school closings, the real reasons behind different educational outcomes, Republican Congressman thinks white collar crime does not exist, Donny Deutsch we probably can't have a woman president because AQ does not have a woman leader and your calls and IMs.

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James C. Goodale attorney the New York Times during the release Pentagon Papers explained why the defense establishment always defends secrecy, why President Obama has been played by the national security state, why secrecy is distinct from confidentiality, the Nixonian roots of today's attacks on Edward Snowden and how aggressive the Obama Administration has been against transparency.

On The Better Half: two young children in PA are banned from speaking out against fracking, why the Obama Administration NSA review is a sham, Edward Snowden leaks keeps getting Congress to do its job, the NSA monitored journalists critical of American foreign policy, Rick Santorum says the term middle class is "Marxist" why college costs are rising and your calls and IMs.

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Journalist, Radley Balko, explained the rise of "warrior cops" why the "wars" on "drugs" and "terrorism" have militarized the police, how the "drug war" brought battle field weapons to America's streets, how Swat Teams became normalized, the corporate special interests that profit from warrior cops and the debate on how to reform the system.

On The Better Half: Random Rush, more problems with Cory Booker, James Clapper the Director Of National Intelligence who lied to the Senate will be in charge of the civil liberties overview of NSA programs and your calls and IMs.

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Professor Vijay Prashad, explained what Bradley Mannings leaks showed about American pressure on developing economies, why the Yemeni & Pakistani governments are complicit with American drone attacks, the growth of southern power and modern alternatives to capitalism.

EFF’s Rainey Reitman, explained what was missing in Obama's recent address on the NSA revelations, why Obama could have acted at any time to protect privacy, why the FISA Court reforms proposed by Obama may still not be enough and how you can use technology to protect your own privacy.

On The Better Half: A New York Judge rules against Stop and Frisk, Eric Holder moves against sending non-violent drug offenders to prison, a Republican Congressman's insane reasons for wanting to slash Food Stamps and your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter, explained why Mitch McConnell was always a nightmare, why McConnell's campaign manager is "holding his nose" working for Mitch, why Mitch is beatable, why Democrats should run on populist economics, the many problems with Cory Booker and why Cliff and Sam want Bill de Blasio for Mayor of New York City.

We heard birthday girl Myla Seder's excellent cover of Maroon 5 Moves Like Jagger. Happy Birthday Myla!

Andy Kindler mounted a serious defense of Obama, things Kindler is called on Twitter, why Howard Stern is funny and Adam Carolla sucks, Kindler's challenges with Louie C.K. and he and Sam reviewed the state of comedy.

Andy Kindler still loves Obama, still not a huge fan of Edward Snowden, Andy mounted a serious defense of Obama, things Kindler is called on Twitter, why Howard Stern is funny and Adam Carolla sucks, Kindler's challenges with Louis CK and he and Sam reviewed the state of comedy.

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The Washington Monthly's, Haley Sweetland Edwards, explained the secretive group of doctors that controls Medicare costs, how the process is connected with price setting, the power of the medical device industry, how the American Medical Association benefits from the pricing structure and how to reform the system.

On The Better Half: the NSA shares information with the DEA, the NSA is searching through the content of all email going in and out of the country, Australia's Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum says progressives have ruined male and male showering at YMCAs, insane PA police chief makes another video and your IMs.

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Journalist David Dayen, explained what Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do, how the housing bubble brought us the financial crises, why Obama's new housing policy is confused, the problem with the American obsession with home ownership and how we are creating another housing crises.

More fallout from the NSA revelations, how NSA spying is being used in domestic drug cases and how President Obama lied about the NSA program on Leno.

On The Better Half: former NSA head says that Snowden supporters are in their twenties and have not spoken to the opposite sex, did Russia access Snowden's files? A 14 year old anti GMO activist owns a pro Monsanto propagandist on Canadian TV and your calls and IMs.

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Journalist Chase Madar explained what led Bradley Manning to leak material on human rights abuses in Iraq, why Manning was shocked by Iraqi human rights abuses under the American occupation, the similarities between Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning, why the State Department pressured Haiti to keep its minimum wage low and the dangerous legal implications of the Manning verdict.

On The Better Half: Judge sentenced for taking bribes to give minors jail terms in a private prison, Moral Monday protest in North Carolina draws thousands, Fukushima still leaking, and your calls and IMs.

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Jodi L. Jacobson, he editor in chief of RH Reality Check, explained the state by state wave of the war against women, the substantive differences between Democrats and Republicans on reproductive health, the Obama Administration's contraception policies, the "stigma" of feminism and why we are becoming a more feminist society in the long run.

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Congressman Keith Ellison explained why we need to raise the minimum wage and why a strong middle class strengthens the economy. Attorney Jonathan Rapping, explained the Gideon's Promise project that works to support public defenders and strengthen public. Susie Sampson of Tea Party Express, gave a "Tea Party" response to Netroots nation and youth activist Roman Collins explained how listening to the Majority Report helped spark his commitment to fighting for the abolishment of corporate personhood.

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Pardiss Kebriaei of the Center For Constitutional Rights brings us the latest on Guantanamo Bay. NAACP head Ben Jealous, explained how the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, why the act is vitally important what's next in the movement for Civil Rights.

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University of Pennsylvania Professor Tom Sugrue, explained what happened to Detroit, why Unions are not to blame, the racial dynamics of Detroit's history and what policies finally drove it to bankruptcy.

and what policies drove Detroit And Carol Linnit of De Smog Blog Canada, explained how the global environment is threatened by a new trade agreement with the United States, why Canada is punished for having higher standards for the environment and consumer protection and why Canada's right wing Harper government signed a new trade agreement in secret.

And only for you Members an archived interview with documentary filmmaker Filmmaker Heidi Ewing on her film Detropia, which a examines the destruction of an iconic American city.

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Religion scholar and author Reza Aslan, explained his new work Zealot,what the historic Jesus really stood for, how Jesus was rebranded, why he knew what he was getting into before he went on Fox and how the Islamophobia industry pollutes public discourse.

Billy Joe Cain and his four teen year old daughter Tuesday Cain talked about what drove her activism against anti women rights legislation in Texas, the disgusting backlash they have face and support they received and the movement to restrict choice across the country.

On The Better Half: The Pope says good things on Gay Rights, Desmond Tutu says amazing things on Gay Rights, Senators talk about reforming the FISA Court, Steve King doubles down on anti immigration rant, Fox pundit has a crazy Huma Adedin and your calls call and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter explained why Nancy Pelosi pushed hard against the defund the NSA data collection bill, the distinction between establishment and progressive Democrats, the meaning of President Obama's new economic address, progressives push for an expansion of Social Security, the Groundswell conservative strategy group says conservatives should attack Obama on Benghazi! And a bank robs a woman's house and won't replace her stolen items.

John Fugelsang, explained how he programmed his show on Current TV, what John is doing next, Anthony Weiner's on Iraq and Palestine and he suggested people watch Breaking Bad and go to the theatre to see Fruitville Station. 

On The Better Half: the defense begins its closing statement in the Bradley Manning trial, new progress for marriage equality in PA and your calls and IMs.

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Glenn Greenwald, explained the most important revelations from the NSA spying scandal, why the indiscriminate nature of the data mining is so shocking, why privacy matters to all of us, how the national security state redefines what is a threat regularly, the global impact of the NSA disclosures, the role of private contractors in mass data collection and why Edward Snowden is happy with the results of his whistle blowing.

On The Better Half: Eric Holder says not so fast to Texas's new anti voting legislation, Ohio woman home is robbed by a bank, new leaks from Pakistan show many civilians killed by drone strikes and your calls and IMs.

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David Dayen, explained how Larry Summers has positioned himself to become the next FED chair, the sexist campaign behind Summers, why the FED chair is the most important policy maker Larry Summers awful track record on financial regulation and how can Summers be blocked

Sam walked us through the essential speech Senator Ron Wyden's  delivered yesterday on secret law, Surveillance and the FISA court.

On the Better Half: Steve King says Dream Act kids are drug smugglers, crazy PA police chief threatens Kerry and the UN in an amazing way, why racism is becoming less acceptable and why that's a danger for Republicans and your calls and IMs.

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Professor Robert McChesney, author of the Digital Disconnect and Dollarocracy on why a majority of the American people are progressive, the tension between democracy and capitalism, how to judge the success of the Internet, why the Internet is a great force for monopoly, why Google and Facebook are killing journalism, Net Neutrality and mobile platforms and the grassroots movements against corporate personhood and for clean elections.

On The Better Half: the "Grand Bargain" again? Republicans propose massive cuts in the EPA and arts funding, more progress on marriage equality, JP Morgan engages in Enron like trading schemes and your IMs.

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The Atlantic's Steve Clemon's, explained why the unemployment numbers are misleading, the real crises of work in America, how the Obama Administration has chosen a neo-liberal policy agenda and why growing economies invest in infrastructure and stimulus.

Nancy L. Cohen, explained Texas's new anti choice push, the sexual politics behind the war on women, Nancy Pelosi's push to connect economic issues and women's rights and why women's rights are everyone's rights.

On The Better Half: former CIA station chief arrested in Panama, UK Uncut shuts down several HSBC branches, black man arrested for having a stroke, open racism at a Tea Party rally and your IMs.

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Cliff Schecter, explained why Harry Reid won the latest filibuster showdown, Why Republicans don't want to vote on their own policies, why Democrats can push for more filibuster reform, Lynne Cheney's candidacy in the Wyoming Senate race opens big fault lines in the modern Republican Party, what will happen to the Food Stamp program, Detroit goes bankrupt because of neo-liberalism, why we bailout criminal banks and not vital cities, the hilarious implosion of a Christian Right consulting firm and the importance of health care reform.

Isabel Gillies joined Sam from vacation in Maine, shared the exciting news that she had just finished editing her third book, Sam shared some of his book writing memories and she recommended the documentary, Which Way Is The Frontline From Here? 

A new Jimmy Reefercake song.

On The Better Half: the destruction of Unions, more on Detroit and  your calls and IMs.

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Rolling Stone's Jeff Goodell, explained what Miami tells us about our cultural myths, why Miami is doomed because of climate change, Miami's slow motion ecological disaster, why Miami is particularly vulnerable to rising see levels, all the forms of climate denial why the Dutch won't save us from rising sea levels and what cities are doing the best job of adopting to climate change.

Elizabeth Warren destroys CNBC hosts trying to attack her for pushing a new Glass-Steagall bill.

On The Better Half: a GOP state lawmaker brags about voting ID laws disenfranchising minority voters, the best ways to respond to the climate crises, the controversial Rolling Stone cover makes sense, Christian Right pundit says "ENDA" is legislating morality and your calls and IMs.

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Josh Fox, explained why Gasland II is about the oil and gas industries corruption of politics, the gas industries use of PSYOPS veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to deceive local populations, Ed Rendell's many conflicts of interest, how the industry hides the dangers if pipeline construction and why burning natural gas will not help the climate crises.

On The Better: is President Obama a "crypto Muslim?" Pat Robertson is on the case, a Christian consulting firm implodes on an epic scale, New York State health insurance premiums will go down fifty percent thanks to Obamacare, Rush Limbaugh now thinks he can use the N word and your calls and IMs.

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Professor Juan Cole, explained how President Morsi alienated the Egyptian public, is the same coalition that pushed Mubarak from office the one that moved against Morsi? why the labor movement may have been in worse shape under Morsi's leadership, why regional monarchies support the Egyptian military, why the military engaged in a coup and the political future of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The epically awful interview with one of the George Zimmerman jurors

On The Better Half: Democrats win the latest filibuster showdown, which Obama nominees are getting through and your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter, explained how ALEC and the NRA have pushed pro gun, anti choice and anti voting rights laws across the country, why the NRA carries on the tradition of racists politics, how Stand Your Ground laws feed racist vigilante culture and what can be done about it.

Feministing contributing writer Syreeta McFadden, explained how Black personhood is under attack, the tone of the George Zimmerman trial protest in New York City how social progress triggers political backlash, racial profiling policies and why black young adults are under attack.

On The Better Half: Texas bans Tampons from the state legislature, a white woman assaults a black musician after he dedicates a song to Trayvon Martin, why we can't be color blind and your IMs.

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Cliff Schecter explained why Republicans refuse to legislate, how Republicans became simply political arsonists, whether or not Harry Reid finally getting serious on the nuclear option and why Democrats should hit Mitch Mcconnell hard.

Film Guy Matthew Weiss, explained his tensions with Marc Maron, why he likes Marc's show and he recommended the film Meantime by Mike Leigh.

On The Better Half: Republicans ruthlessly attack Food Stamps, Texas state Rep blames Sex Ed for getting teens "all hot and bothered" and your calls and IMs.

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Sarah Slawmen, gave the testimony the Texas Legislature wouldn't let her finish, Texas's relentless war on women, why Texas's anti abortion push would be financial windfall for Governor Perry and his family, the roots of Sarah Slawmen's activism and how progressive politics can succeed in a Red State.

The Working Families Party Dan Cantor explained the "Pay it Forward, Pay it Back" debt free higher education policy that just passed in Oregon.

On The Better Half: in PA a Gay man needs to adopt his partner to preserve their rights in a state that still discriminates against Gay people, why ENDA still hasn't passed Congress, will Harry Reid finally move to repeal the filibuster? and your calls and IMs.

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Huffington Post's, Sam Stein explained how sequester cuts are impacting low income families, how Head Start cuts are hurting families across the country, why attacks on lower income workers hurt the economy and why the impact of the sequester will be felt the most strongly in 2014.

Amazing testimony from Texas woman against the war on women waged by the Texas State legislation and incredible audio of a journalist questioning NSA recruiters at the University of Wisconsin.

On The Better Half: tech writer unleashes a disgusting attack on striking BART workers, Virginia Governor Bob Mcdonnell, takes bribes to cover both of his daughters weddings, Indiana Republicans move to make marriage equality a felony and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:03pm EDT

Eliot Spitzer returns to politics, Mark Halperin harasses him on Morning Joe, new revelations on the FISA Court and how the FISA Court is making new common law in secret.

On The Better Half: Rand Paul's co-author and Congressional aid is a southern secessionist, Random Rush  and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:35pm EDT

Investigative reporter Steve Horn explained the legal actions targeting Exxon, how Exxon ignores safety an environmental regulations, why the Keystone XL pipeline is a public health and climate nightmare, what was missing from President Obama's climate speech, why natural gas is not a "bridge fuel" and Americans global energy policies are accelerating the climate crises.

David Gregory screws up basic facts on healthcare reform and Eliot Sptizer makes his political comeback.

On The better Half: Egypt update, a video of stunning police abuse not allowed as evidence, sexist comments aimed at new Wimbledon champion, what jobs are driving the recovery and your IMs.

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On today's show Sam's interviews from Netroots Nation 2013, with former Congressman Barney Frank and progressive blogger Shannyn Moore.

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Joe Muto, explained how he came to work at Fox News, why the word Falafel was informally banned at Fox, why O"Reilly still hates Al Franken, how Roger Ailes's paranoia drove Fox News operations, how Obama's election pushed Fox even further to the right, who is the most shameless Network anchor and how Joe finally left Fox.

On The Better Half: Bolivian President Evo Morales's plane forced landed in Europe, how the United States is threatening international law, new anti choice measures pass in the dead of the night in North Carolina, how important are Obamacare delays? and your calls and IMs.

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Journalist Barbara Garson, explained how the 99 percent have been hit by the financial crises, the stories of loss of homes, savings and jobs, the roots of stagnating wages, why Americans blame themselves instead of understanding the structural factors behind unemployment the disaster of the Obama Administration's HAMP program and why debt needs to be de-moralize.

On The Better Half: Christian radio show host horrified by seeing a Lesbian on the Food Network, David Petraeus, will get an obscene amount of money to do little to nothing at CUNY University and your phone calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT

Max Blumenthal, explained the forces working smear the Ecuadorian government and Glenn Greenwald, the right-wing lobbying cabal using Edward Snowden to undermine Latin American governance, the problem with access journalism and more stunning double standards on leaksOn

The Better Half: a man could face thirteen years in prison for protesting Bank Of America, Jennifer Lopez serenades a brutal dictator, Wendy Davis hits back hard against Rick Perry and your calls and IMs.

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

Cliff Schecter, explained the politics of the Supreme Court, Scalia's laughable dissent on DOMA, why tv has played a major role in the advancement of Gay Rights, the evolution of support for Marriage Equality and why women's rights will continue to drive progressive politics.

On The Better Half: how Obama positioned himself on Keystone XL, the Pentagon blocks access to the Guardian, why art has been corrupted by an unending focus on money and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:29pm EDT

The Nation's Richard Kim, explained what DOMA did legally, the equal protection and state rights component of the decision ending DOMA, the strategy moving forward for national marriage equality, the incredible heroism of Edith Windsor, Bill Clinton's record on DOMA, what happened with in the Prop 8 ruling and the role popular culture has played in supporting Gay Rights.

On The Better Half: Rick Perry gets lucid for one minute to launch a disgusting attack on Wendy Davis, Random Rush, Pat Robertson wants to know if Anthony Kennedy has "Gay Clerks"?, Chris Christie thinks Gay People should be discriminated against, Obama's ambiguous stance on Keystone and your IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:13pm EDT

Salon contributing writer, Rebecca Traister explained Texas's draconian new reproductive laws, Wendy Davis's unexpected and amazing filibuster and how galvanizing will this moment be?

Ari Berman, explained how the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, why the ruling helps southern states recreate segregation in Congressional districts, how Justice Roberts "imagined" his way to a ruling and how Justice Kennedy has disgraced himself in his votes on healthcare reform and Voting Rights.

On The Better Half: DOMA overturned, the fake IRS "scandal" dies again, Glenn Beck and Rand Paul wonder if ending DOMA could lead to more Muslims!? And your IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:07pm EDT

Sam broke down the Supreme Court's gutting of key provisions of the Voting Rights Act.

Shayana Kadida, an attorney with The Center For Constitutional Rights , explained his work against NSA surveillance, why lawyers may be targeted under the NSA spying program, The problem with the term metadata and the Obama Administration's stunning lack of transparency.

On The Better Half: more on conservatives judicial activism, the Supreme Court punts on Affirmative Action, Andrew Ross Sorkin provides a disingenuous apology for almost calling for Glenn Greenwald's arrest, Louie Gohmert says that Sex Ed is just like the Soviet Union and your IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:11pm EDT

Nikolas Kozloff, explained the politics of driving the Ecuadorian governments providing safe haven for Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, President Correas's populist policies, the successes and failures of the new Latin American's new left and what comes next.

On The Better Half: does reading Salon make you a security threat, Paula Deen's insane defenders, David Gregory asks Glenn Greenwald if he should go to jail, Georger Zimmerman's lawyer tells an awful joke and your IMs.

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On today's extended show from Netroots Nation:

Think Progress's Matt Duss, explained the roots of Turkey's protest movement, and what a progressive foreign policy.

Cliff Schecter, explained why Netroots its no longer an insurgency, Immigration reform maybe closer to passing and more reactions to the tragic death of Michael Hastings.

Ari Berman, explained the recent history of voting rights, how the Supreme Court may strike down an essential aspect of The Voting Rights Act and what will the immigration reform bill ending looking like.

Congressman Bruce Braley, explained why he was running for an open Senate seat in Iowa, how he hopes to build on Senator Tom Harkin's progressive legislative legacy and Keystone XL and Climate change.

The Huffington Post's Amanda Terkal and Ryan Grim, explained how Republicans destroyed the Farm Bill and are attempting to decimate food stamps and just how insane are the House GOP.

John Amato & Gaius Publius, explained how Unions could exert more power of the Democratic Party  and how the right has demonized Unions.

And Lizz Winstead, talked about breaking new research on reproductive health and abortion rights, Matthew Filipowicz talked about his epic new Ayn Rand satire and Lizz and Matthew gave movie recommendations.

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

On today's show Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas, explained why demographics and cultural trends favor progressive politics.

David Dayen & Digby discussed the landscape of Netroots politics, how Twitter and Facebook disrupted the blogging model, the NSA scandal and why the institutions of Washington fail in monitoring the military industrial complex.

Credo's Political Action Director Elijah Zarlin brought us up to date on Credo's campaign of civil disobedience against the Keystone Pipeline.

The Contributor's Editor-in-Chief Tina Dupuy, explained how the Republican's War on Women and choice is now focused on embryonic masturbation.

And Sam pays more tribute to the great Michael Hastings.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:32pm EDT

On today's show, David Dayen explained the student loan crises and why the student loan industry is uniquely unfair and corrupt. Investigative journalist explained the massive role that private contractors play in NSA surveillance and the Nation's George Zornick explained where immigration reform stands in Congress now.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:35pm EDT

Bill Scher debated Matt & Michael on NSA data mining, is the NSA's surveillance legal?whether or not the program has been effective, has the monitoring been abused? and the role of private contractors in gathering intelligence.

Michael explained the new spying revelations, Iran's presidential election results and what arming the Syrian rebels means.

On The Better Half: Rick Scott fights paid medical leave in Florida, George Zimmerman's father is not surprisingly racist and crazy, Rick Perry signs a Christmas bill, vetoes equal pay and makes a factual mistake that is embarrassing even for him and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:21pm EDT

Sam and Cliff Schecter explained the enduring importance of the NSA scandal, the incompetence of the intelligence apparatus, the straw man arguments against pushing for transparency, the endless historical examples of abuse of surveillance and a Supreme Court ruling update.

Andy Kindler, explained what its like to work with Marc Maron, Kindler gave his perspective on NSA monitoring, he admits to have some tension with Louis C.K. and recommended the Richard Pryor documentary Omit The Logic.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:26pm EDT

Labor historian and journalist Richard Yeselson explained how labor militancy drove labor rights in the 1930s, how the passage of Taft-Hartley Act attacked the organizing and cultural power of labor, why the Congressional backlash against labor was connected with opposition to civil rights, what caused union decline and the best way for unions to move forward.

On The Better Half: Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez says NSA disclosures are "the tip of the icebirg" Sean Hannity's stunning hypocrisy on NSA monitoring and your IMs.

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6/12/13

Sam explained the absurd reactions from Thomas Friedman and David Brooks to the Edward Snowden disclosures, why establishment journalists defend themselves by attacking whistle blowing, Senate coalition pushes for more transparency in the surveillance program and how private companies are abusing intelligence to target the public.

On The Better Half: Immigration Reform moves forward in the senate, Random Rush, Peter King calls for Glenn Greenwald to be prosecuted,  and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:14pm EDT

Sam went solo today and explained why Edward Snowden isn't the main story, the market for private spying and data collection, why the Patriot Act's implementation is a fundamental challenge to democratic culture, how the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied the Senate and how corporations profit from the military industrial complex.

On The Better Half: the Obama Administration finally backs down on Plan B and Laura Ingraham has something insane to say about it, Michael Isikoff thinks the government may have a hard time prosecuting Edward Snowden and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:24pm EDT

Professor Juan Cole, explained the corporate distortion of the Constitution, why NSA whistle blowers are turning the tables on the surveillance state, why data mining is a flawed counter terrorism strategy, the origins of Turkey's recent protests and the youth driven global backlash against neo-liberalism.

On The Better half: who is the NSA whistle blower Edward Snoden? Arizona police pull over and arrest a sober man for drunk driving, an atheist prayer needs a Christian "redo and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:26pm EDT

Cliff Schecter, explained the new revelations of NSA data mining and surveillance, how the Obama Administration has codified a deeply invasive framework for monitoring Americans, will Glenn Greenwald be prosecuted? Is the "Grand Bargain" dead? and is Immigration Reform going to be killed by the GOP?

Film Guy Matthew Weiss, talked about President Obama fighting Patent Trolls, what he has been up to and he recommended the classic comedy A New Leaf.

On The Better Half: one incredibly crazy call, Mitt Romney wishes Hurricane Sandy didn't happen when he was running for President and your normal calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:31pm EDT

Blogger Marcy Wheeler explained the meaning of the NSA's mass surveillance of Verizon phone customers, why the NSA's monitoring focuses on Americans, the problem with data mining in terrorism investigations, why it is alarmingly easy to become a terrorism suspect and why the programs secrecy is aimed at Americans asserting their civil liberties.

On The Better Half: Jeremy Schahill schools Toure,  the Grand Bargain maybe mercifully dead, The IMF admits that it damaged the Greek economy with austerity, Random Rush, George W Bush bikes with vetrans of his wars and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT

Terrorism Factory, author Trevor Aaronson explained the absurd case of the Liberty City Seven, why only a small fraction of recent terror arrests have actually posed real threats, how FBI paid informants drive frivolous cases and why these cases distract law enforcement from real terrorism threats.

On The Better Half: the problem with testing culture, Chris Christie is a liar, Donal Rumsfeld says Obama might be on the terrorists side and Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss blames military rapes on hormones and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:50pm EDT

Filling in for Thom Hartmann, Sam discussed the Social Security Trustees new report on the solvency of the program with Alex Lawson of Social Security Works, looked at how dangerous the proposed TPP trade bill is with Melinda St. Louis, of Global Trade Watch, discussed the backlash against Monsanto with journalist Aviva Shen, how the Electronic Frontier Foundation is fighting back against Patent Trolls and much more!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:22pm EDT

Sam explained Frank Lautenberg's legacy, the Bradley Manning trial begins today, the unique dangers of the espionage charges levelled against Manning, The Tea Part is on to Grover Norquist being a secret Muslim and protests continue across Turkey.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:37pm EDT

Cliff Schecter, explained the multiple criminal investigations facing Michele Bachmann, her crazy resignation announcement, who is the craziest member of Congress, the conservative meltdown about working women, why the right turns economic exploitation into social divisions and John McCain sneaks into Syria and meets with sectarian terrorists.

Isabel Gillies was disgusted by the Republican's ongoing war on women and misogynist comments on Fox, talked about Sheryl Sandberg's new bookLean In and recommended the documentary Waiting For Lightening. 

And the Sam Seder Libertarian Learning Annex was in session with multiple crazy phone calls.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:51pm EDT

Economist and author Gar Alperovitz, explained why reform won't work, the political decline of organized labor, the local roots of the New Deal, why innovative economic reform is happening on the local level, the emerging American interest in Socialism, why serious banking and health reform will begin at the state level and why we are in a "pre history" moment.

On The Better Half: Men need to dominate women says Fox panel, why libertarian theories fail in education and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:15pm EDT

Jacobin founding editor, Bhaskar Sunkara, explained the distinction between liberal and socialistic politics, the modern delusions of liberalism, the disconnect between the elite and grassroots of the Democratic Party, the political success of neo-liberalism, how the left can renew itself and the vital work of building coalitions against austerity.

On The Better Half: Michelle Bachmann's epic insanity on full display in her resignation, Ron Paul loses his UN case and your calls and IMS.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:50pm EDT

ObamaCare goes into effect, its working well in California, why statesthat refuse to expand Medicade are hurting health reform efforts, Obama gets aggressive on Judicial appointments and could that mean filibuster reform?

On The Better Half: Eric Holder feels spying on journalists contradicts his image, Sam Seder's Libertarian learning annex returns, why Medicade expansion is a crucial and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 05-28-13-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:48pm EDT

Cliff Schecter explained how President Obama responded to protester Medea Benjamin's interruption of his speech, Obama's encouraging rhetoric on winding down the "War on Terror",  why Signature Drone strikes are indefensible, why President Obama could have acted much faster on GITMO and what pushed Obama to address these issues now?

Comedian Todd Barry talked about touring with Louie C.K., the Marc Maron and Michael Ian Black dust up, Todd's new podcast, his burgeoning friendship with Ari Melber and he recommended the movie Sexy Beast.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:11pm EDT

The Obama Administration maps out its new drone and counter terror policies, new disturbing revelations on drone strikes on American citizens in Yemen and the Administration's push to continue the "War on Terror."

Janeane "Katherine Harris" Garofalo, called in from Texas where she enlightened us on the Obama Administration "doomsday weather machine", commented Michelle Bachmann's new promise that God would repeal Obamacare and looks forward to the ending of Abortion in North Dakota.

On The Better Half: Chicago moves forward with low income school closures while shelling out massive subsidies for a new Sports Stadium, Glenn Beck sees a false flag operation at CNN and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:28pm EDT

Wolf Blitzer tries to force a viral moment in Oklahoma and makes an ass of himself, Apple hides taxes and threatens the Senate, Washington stops efforts to make the economy grow, why the political class only cares about the economic fortunes of wealthy Americans, immigration moves forward without Gay Rights and some liberal pundits minimize the DOJ's attacks on investigative journalism.

On The Better Half: Federal budget cuts literally lead to rape, a stunning session of the Sam Seder Libertarian Learning Annex and your smart and normal IMS and calls.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:08pm EDT

Glenn Greenwald explained the Obama Justice Department's sweeping surveillance of journalists, President Obama's atrocious record on press freedom, how the Wikileaks prosecution theory is now being used to criminalize all investigative journalism, the parallels between the Nixon and Obama Administration on press freedom and how the Obama Administration is codifying the rogue policies of the Bush era.

On The Better Half: The Koch brothers literally leave toxic waste floating around Detroit, Rand Paul wants the Senate to apologise to Apple for investigating its tax avoidance schemes and calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:47pm EDT

Progressive Magazine Editor,Matthew Rothschild explained How counter-terrorism "fusion" centers spied on Occupy activists, the close coordination between corporate interests and law enforcement, why these disclosures are far more concerning than the IRS scandal, how law enforcement intelligence was passed onto corporations and how spying on Occupy undermines detecting real national security threats.

On The Better Half: Jonathan Karl's "Journalism" background, Donald Rumsfeld hit hard on Public Radio's Marketplace, Peggy Noonan writes a crazy over the top column on the IRS scandal and gets called out by David Gregory and your IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:22pm EDT

It's Casual Friday! On today's show Ari Berman of The Nation joins us to discuss the week full of scandals, umbrella-gate and gate-gate and…all the gates! Also, the Florida GOP Hispanic Outreach Director resigns, OFA's failure in organizing for action to fight for Keystone pipeline and what it tells us about the orgnization, and both Sam and Ari are skeptical that Harry Reid would engage in fillibuster reform.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan brings us a movie pick and discusses parenthood with Sam. Also, a song from Jimmy Reefercake, your calls & IMs and more!

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:55pm EDT

Author, biologist, environmental activist, and mother Sandra Steingraber joins us to discuss why she went to jail for her environmental activism, the toxic assault on our children, and the environmental links to cancer and human health.

In the better half: Sam is sick and tired of these quote unquote "scandals!", Eric Holder puts Darrell Issa in his place, Pat Robertson gives a wife with a cheating husband some wonderful marriage advice, your calls & IMs plus more!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:09pm EDT

In a week full of "scandals," Sam Seder walks us through the real scandals and the imagined ones. We discuss the AP phone records seized by DOJ and the press' coverage on whistleblowers, the IRS investigation into Tea Party groups and why 501(c)(4)s should be looked into. Also Glenn Beck says Obama should be impeached and, of all people, Dick Cheney says we're being lied to on Benghazi.

In the better half, Sam brings you even more of the week's news. Stories like Saudis being investigated over owning pressure cookers, Minnesota becomes the 12th state with same sex marriage, Florida GOP loses their Hispanic outreach manager, and how a family went to a Rep. town hall to stop a deportation. All that, more plus your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:16pm EDT

Freelance journalist Isabel Macdonald  joins us to discuss her latest piece for The Nation, GOP's Drug-Testing Dragnet. We talk about how the drug testing industry is a self-licking ice cream cone where Republicans and industry profiteers are targeting high school students, welfare applicants and the unemployed.

On the better half, we discuss the IRS “scandal,” a Libertarian debates us on Benghazi, Random Rush and your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:46pm EDT

It's Casual Friday! Cliff Schecter walks us through Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi! hysteria, the  Heritage Foundation immigration report author's sorted past, Elizabeth Warren's first bill: big banks get cheap government loans, why can't students? and more!

Also, H. Jon Benjamin joins us to argue with Sam over the Where's Hugo campaign that Bob's Burgers fans across the country have launched!

Also, a song from Jimmy Reefercake, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:42pm EDT

Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone joins us to discuss his latest piece, Everything is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever. In the interview we discuss, how there is no secret conspiracy because all these scandals out in the open, how the ones making the rules are the ones breaking the rules, and Eric Holder’s doctrine of collateral consequence means the elite have no accountability while the rest of us are of little consequence.

In the better half, we look at the poor fundamentalist Christians who believe they are the minority and are being bullied, blacks voting at higher rates than whites for the first time ever in 2012, and the fast food strikes spread to St. Louis! All that, more AND your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:19pm EDT

Samir Sonti, explained the evolution of the corporate sectors view of public education, why eduction shouldn't be about human capital, the origins of student debt, the enduring lessons of the GI Bill, why free education would boost the economy as a whole, why unions have been essential to all progressive struggles since the dawn of industrial capitalism and the vital importance of teachers unions.

On The Better Half: Students occupy the President's office at Cooper Union College in New York City, Mike Huckabee says Benghazi will be Obama's Watergate, more business trouble for Rush Limbaugh, new shocking numbers on medical pricing and your IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:47pm EDT

Filmmakers George & Beth Gage, discussed their new documentary Bidder 70, explained Tim DeChristopher's act of civil disobedience at an oil and gas auction in Utah, how public land across the country is threatened, why the auction Tim disrupted was found to be illegal, the farcical prosecution of DeChristopher and Tim DeChristopher's powerful vision for the future of climate action.

On The Better Half: Random Rush, who used chemical weapons in Syria? end time Evangelicals don't want to do anything to deal with the climate crises because of the second coming, the Alex Jones v Glenn Beck conspiracy arms race and your IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:02pm EDT

Cliff Schecter explained why Senators who voted against gun control are paying a price, the insane new head of the NRA, the Confederate roots of the NRA, the shooting death of a two year by her five year old brother in Kentucky, unreal Internet gun show promotes gun ownership for children and why gun culture is a dangerous cult.

Film Guy Matthew Weiss diplomatically reviewed the sneak peak of Marc Maron's new IFC show, explained why he has a Star Trek pin on his phone and he recommended two films, Let The Right One In and Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:02pm EDT

Free Press's Tim Karr explained the background of President Obama's new pick to head the FCC, who will control the Internet of the future, the drive by telecoms companies to control the Internet, Verzion's Orwellian push to block your first amendment on the Internet and why net neutrality is still under threat.

John Mullins, a small business owner from Auburn Alabama explained why he spoke out on how the sequester is hurting his small business at a town hall, and how we can finally get out of the recession and the great outpouring of support he has has received.

On The Better Half: Sam examines his relationship with Marc Maron, The Obama Administration's new ridiculous move on Plan B, PA Governor Tom Corbett thinks Pennsylvanians aren't getting hired because they do drugs and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:03pm EDT

Matt & Michael hosted today's show. The American Independent's Eli Clifton, explained evidence for chemical weapons deployments by the Assad regime in Syria, who the Syrian rebels are, why the neocon foreign policy approach persists in Washington and President Obama's calculus on Guantanamo.

On The Better Half: Arizona wants no gun left behind, Mike Tyson gives Fox News a civics lesson and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:30pm EDT

Matt & Michael hosted Nation Sports Editor, Dave Zirin, Zirin described how Jason Collins came out, the historical importance of the first openly Gay NBA athlete, the support for Jason Collins from fellow athletes and politicians, the transformation of gay rights in America and why the town of Steubenville is shockingly renewing the contract of their high school Football coach after his role in a horrific rape case was exposed.

On The Better Half: Fox whines about Eric Holder speaking out against Islamophobia, who Breitabart.com's Ben Shapiro considers a hero and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:03pm EDT

Journalist David Dayen, explained the bipartisan push to end to Big To Fail banking, why deeper financial reform is still needed, why the Obama Treasury department is standing in the way of genuine reform and with the retirement of Max Baucus will the Finance Committee get anymore progressive?

On The Better Half: Matt and Michael took over, discussed calls for war in Syria, talked about NBA player Jason Collins coming out of the closet and Ben Shapiro's disgusting response and took your calls and IMS.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:24pm EDT

Cliff Schecter explained the Washington DC NRA lobbying complex, the companies pulling out of the gun business, is the gun control intensity gap a myth? Pat Toomey sees a approval rating surge after supporting gun control and Kelly Ayotte's plummets after opposing it, the future of gun control, Congress acts on the Sequester in the most absurd way possible, progressives in Congress push against Chained CPI and the mainstreaming of right wing conspiracy culture.

Isabel Gillies, liked the Majority Report studio, Isabel gives Sam good parenting advice, sings along with her song, Sam finally watches a Isabel movie recommendation and Isabel recommended the documentary Bully. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:05pm EDT

Jeremy Scahill, the author of Dirty Wars, explained what inspired his new book, covering the victims of America's covert wars, The concept of America is a hyper power, the continuity of Dirty Wars from Bush to Obama, the evolution of JSOC,the story of Anwar al-Awlaki, how the FBI pressured al-Awlaki for cooperation, The killing al-Alwlaki's son and how the Obama Administration is codifying the rules of Dirty War.

On The Better Half: Tom Brokow speaks out on drones, Rand Paul cool with drones killing people who rob convinence stores, Boston bomber enjoyed Alex Jones and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:01pm EDT

On today's show filmmaker Robert Greenwald explained why the Obama Administration had taken such a harsh attitude toward whistleblowers, how whistleblowers saved soldiers lives in Iraq, how Lockheed Martin made defective ships for the Coast Guard, the self preservation instincts of the National Security State, why CIA torturers go free while the agent that exposed torture is in prison and why whistleblowers have more opportunity and the National Security State has more room to monitor people.

On The Better Half: the problem with the phrase weapons of mass destruction, Americans get more concerned about the erosion of civil liberties, The George Bush "Freedom Institute" opens, Mark Sanford whines about having a tough week and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT

A High School student in West Virginia speaks out against a crazy abstinence speaker and is threatened by her principle, why the press is ignoring the explosion at a chemical factory in Texas that has killed fourteen people, why we ignore workplace deaths across the country, how Miranda Rights are being stripped away and the the militarization of police departments.

On The Better Half: New York State Rep calls for torture of Boston bombing suspect and gives a epically silly interview on Fox News and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:10pm EDT

Cliff Schecter, explained how the right is seizing on the crises in Boston to make stupid comments on guns, why the senate failed to pass control, the insane pro NRA proposal that got more votes in the Senate than background checks, why Democrats who voted against background checks should face primary challenges and why the Boston Marathon attackers could buy a assault weapon today.

Comedian Jen Kirkman, critiqued the media's coverage of the Boston terror attacks and aftermath, why she doesn't want to have kids, why people harass her about not having kids and she recommended the documentaryHit So Hard.  

On The Better Half: More on Boston, the right's exploitation of the crises to push against gun safety, and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT

The New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn explained the importance of early childhood education, the impact of poverty on educational outcomes, why daycare providers are so unregulated, the opportunity for smart policy in daycare, why some conservatives are open to improving daycare and the best models look like for daycare.

On The Better Half: CNN's day of epic failure, why gun control failed, Jenny Sanford helps destroy her pathologically narcissistic ex husband Mark Sanford, Random Rush, anti semitism in the Oklahoma state senate and your IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:03pm EDT

Mike Konczal explained the Carmen Reinhart Kenneth Rogoff thesis, how influential the Rhienhart Rogoff paper was, why there study was riddled with errors, how an excel spread sheet error destroyed the methodology of the study, the perils of wonkery and why there is no accountability for elites.

On The Better Half: President Obama threatens to veto new CISPA bill, Louie Gohmert says "radical Muslims are trained to look Hispanic" and some crazy, crazy libertarians calls and your not crazy calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:58pm EDT

The attacks on the Boston Marathon, the importance of how we define the attack, can we use this attack to develop empathy for victims of violence in Iraq and elsewhere? Fox contributor calls for all Muslims to be killed, ridiculous conspiracy theories from Alex Jones and how our Civil Liberties are threatened.

On The Better Half: Glenn Beck rolls out a new Gold conspiracy after the attacks in Boston, Bipartisan Constitution Project confirms that America systemically tortured after September 11th, Random Rush, more disgusting comments from Rush and your IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:45pm EDT

Independent journalist John Knefel, explained the hunger strikes at Gunatanmo Bay, the different status types of prisoners held at Gitmo, why eighty six Guantanamo Bay inmates have been cleared of all charges are still being held, the Obama Administration's shameful record on Gitmo and the political implications of the prison.

On The Better Half: Sam breaks down an incredibly dumb op-ed defending Obama's Social Security cut proposal, Howard Dean threatens to leave the Democratic Party, Joe Scarborough tries to attacks Obama and makes absolutely no sense and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:41pm EDT

Cliff Schecter explained where gun control stands in the senate, what Democrats are filibustering gun control, what Republicans are vulnerable on guns in 2014, what is in the senate gun bill,how Mitch Mcconnell is spinning the Ashely Judd tape and how Republicans are reacting to Obama's budget proposal.

David Cross and Sam debated the merits of Marc Maron's success, why David Cross isn't on Twitter, is David ashamed of any of his comedy? Why David is a leading Emoprog and what its like to work with people after you have made fun of them.

And Congressman Joe barton says the Biblical story of the flood proves that climate change isn't a problem, Elizabeth Warren continues to hold bank regulators accountable and Rush Limbaugh whines that Rand Paul is reaching out to Black voters.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:12pm EDT

Feminsting Executive Editor and Fast Food Forward organizer, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, explained the importance of the living wage movement spearheaded by fast food workers in New york City, the danger of how we frame poverty in America, Michelle Obama's powerful recent speech on guns violence and opportunity and how Anonymous is helping expose rape culture.

On The Better Half: Republicans use Obama's Chained CPI proposal against him, a Gay man arrested for trying to stay with his partner at the hospital, how the media covers North Korea and Iran and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:20pm EDT

Professor Mark Blyth, explained the three big reasons austerity is a problem, the impact of global trade on austerity policies, the history of the idea of austerity, why the United States is in a stuttering recovery and the Europeans have created self created depression by practicing austerity, why growth is the answer to debt and why austerity is such a dangerous and resilient idea.

On The Better Half: ALEC pushes laws to block the exposure of illegal practices on factory farms, why the poor give more to charity, why Chained CPI is a terrible idea, why welfare reform turned out so badly and your IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:48pm EDT

Matt & Michael hosted today's show and explained why Marcio Rubio is sending Jay Z stupid tweets, the many facets and problems with the legacy of Margaret Thatcher, more on the political strategy behind Obama's push on a "Grand Bargain."

On The Better Half: Mitch Mcconnell's planned to run a filthy campaign against Ashley Judd recently leaked tapes show, Fox News insults courageous striking fast food workers and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:30pm EDT

Investigative journalist Tim Shorrock, explained the NSA's fraud filled "Trailblazer" program, how NSA intelligence was distorted by poorly designed private technology, the four NSA officers who tried to expose fraud and abuse at the agency and how the Obama Administration has pursued a war on whistleblowers.

On The Better Half, Ezra Klein argues that the social safety net is the answer, more on the central importance of Social Security and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:42pm EDT

Cliff Schecter explained why Obama's budget proposal is awful, the utter corporate corruption of modern Washington, how the White House is attempting to frame Chained CPI, what drives Obama's obsession with a "Grand Bargain" and where gun reform stands.

Marc Maron and talked about his new projects, patent trolls, Sam reminisced about his opportunities, Louie CK says nice things about Marc's new show and recommended The people watch the Last Detail.

A majority of Americans think marijuana should be legal, Congressman Peter King still angry at Marcio Rubio for voting against Sandy relief, Geraldo Rivera talks sense on North Korea and the military industrial complex and your IMs and calls.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:28pm EDT