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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Seth MacFarlane calmly parse through Bill Maher’s insane anti-vax rhetoric, Scott from Denver dives into voting for Marianne, and Karima, a Palestinian-American from Chicago, parses through the deep despair among the Palestinian diaspora and the devastating developments in Israel’s apartheid rule over the West Bank. Johnny from Melbourne dives into the Murdoch legacy, plus, your calls and IMs!

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

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:25pm EDT

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:38pm EDT

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:56pm EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 3:26pm EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Lauren Boebert and Steve Deece perfectly demonstrate the ongoing failure of the Republican Party, Gavin Newsome cucks Ron DeSantis, and the MR Crew discusses the canceling of Mehdi Hasan by MSNBC following critiques of Israeli occupation, plus, your calls and IMs!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Direct download: 11_27_Klein_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:08pm EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Anderson Cooper let active rhetoric of genocide go unchecked, Biden’s torpedoing approval ratings, and the expansion of the cleansing of Gaza to regional conflict. They also discuss the inequality of marriage for disabled Americans, Francisco from Buenos Aires reflects on his country’s election of Javier Milei and the historical context, Chris Christie has an embarrassing appearance on Meet the Press, Rep. Clay Higgins perfectly shows the insanity of the GOP, and Russell Brand perfectly shows the insanity of both himself and Alex Jones, plus, your calls and IMs!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:49pm EDT

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

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:20pm EDT

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

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:39pm EDT

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

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

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

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:31pm EDT

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

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:58pm EDT

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

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:02pm EDT

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

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

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

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

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they parse Bernice King’s response to Amy Schumer’s use of MLK to justify the bombing of Gaza, and watch Ilan Pappe examine the long history of Israeli propaganda attempting to instil fear in Jews everywhere. Phillip from St. Louis gives some updates on the ongoing pharmacist strikes, and Will from Virginia discusses Israel’s role as a specifically European settler colonial project, as exemplified by Israel’s oppression of various non-zionist Jewish communities. Tim Pool looks stupid and knows nothing, and Rand Paul takes a stand on Gaza further to the left of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, plus, your calls and IMs!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:59pm EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Direct download: 10_12_Mass_Torts_Day_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:25pm EDT

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

 

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

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Hillary get right back into her prime (giving the right-wing ample propaganda), expand on the self-immolation of the House GOP (with help from Nancy Mace), and watch Greg Gutfeld rally against democracy. The MR Crew expands on the conversation around crime and inflation in the US, Lara Trump debuts her new single, and Henry Kissinger turns 100, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:26pm EDT

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

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

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Matt Binder as they watch Senator Markwayne Mullin jump on the opportunity to trash Matt Gaetz, Simmer from New York asks about the future of WGA-SAG solidarity, and Cullin from Baltimore shouts about why corporate price gouging didn’t cause inflation because: “No.” They also watch Andrew Yang attempt to get back into the conversation, the UnHerd podcast gets schooled over borders, and Cassie from NoLa explores the absurdity of the right’s culture war. Jamelle from Cleveland discusses hip hop history and anti-capitalism, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:30pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with Greg Iwinski member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) negotiating committee, to discuss the agreement struck between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers to end their strike. Then, they're joined by Moe Tkacik, investigations editor at the The American Prospect, to discuss her recent piece on the complaint levied against Amazon by the Federal Trade Commission. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on labor action among healthcare workers and the UAW, Federal challenges to monopoly, Trump’s gag order, and Septembers record heat numbers, before parsing through the ousting of Kevin McCarthy, and his total shock in reaping what he sowed during his confirmation. Greg Iwinski then joins, first reflecting on the massive progress made by the WGA since his last MR appearance, and the ongoing process of ratifying their deal with studios – before briefly stepping back to analyze the role of the growing national labor movement and mass contraction of the streaming model in creating this moment. After briefly touching on the future of the industry model, Iwinski walks Sam and Emma through the big wins from the WGA deal, including various pay protections, job protections, and a peek behind the curtain of streaming data. Next, Moe Tkacik tackles the FTC’s ongoing anti-trust suit against Amazon, exploring the elements of monopoly that this case is targeting, and Amazon’s massive ability to leverage third-party sellers and shippers into horrendous deals – with severe algorithmic consequences if they don’t agree. After parsing through the details of the allegations (and what remains foggy), Tkacik, Sam, and Emma look to the growing anti-trust movement in both law and politics, and why anti-trust messaging is so necessary to combat the media manipulation of massive monopolies. They wrap up the interview with an analysis of the future of the anti-trust movement, and what it will take to fight against generations of brainwashing by the Chicago School of economics.

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

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam & Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, they run through updates on Kevin McCarthy’s job, legal news around Trump, the CFPB, and Menendez, respectively, SAG-AFTRA negotiations, drug price negotiations, and the eviction crisis facing US children. Next, they dive a little deeper into Trump’s response to his developing fraud case in New York, coming out of the gates targeting the “corrupt” judge and AG, despite the case NOT being a jury trial, before they shift to Matt Gaetz throwing away his future to embarrass Kevin McCarthy (to everyone’s benefit), and the strategic response from Democrats to let them fight. Then, they parse through Ben Collins’ recent reporting connecting Elon Musk’s Twitter agenda to a far-right, anti-Semitic, transphobic, and anti-vax article from a former Trump speechwriter that put forward Musk’s crippling of the public square as a central tool to the future far-right successes.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Stephen Crowder attempt to clamor back into the public consciousness through gutter-level racism, talk with Ark from New Jersey on trusting military aid to Ukraine (and elsewhere), and the Right Side Broadcasting hosts have some… interesting comments on liberal women. George calls in from the SAG-AFTRA strike, Aaron from Indianapolis discusses the attack on public education, and Astrid from New Brunswick explores the impact of parents’ rights protests. Lane from Nashfield takes on the various types of cooperatives, and the MR Crew covers the live vote on McCarthy's future, plus, your calls and IMs!

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The Majority Report with Sam Seder - https://majorityreportradio.com/

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:10pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Ian Millhiser, senior correspondent at Vox, to discuss the upcoming Supreme Court term. Then, they're joined by litigator Mark Bankston who has a special announcement! First, Sam and Emma run through updates on our 45-day reprieve from a government shutdown, the ongoing chaos among the House GOP despite that, Gov. Newsome’s disappointing unilateral action, Donald Trump’s fraud case, and labor action nationwide, before parsing through commentary on the House GOP’s absurd power struggle. Ian Millhiser then joins, diving right into this Supreme Court term’s primary challenges to the administrative state – namely Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo – exploring the lasting governance of the Chevron Doctrine’s deference to government agencies, and the sudden emergence of the anti-democratic “Major Questions Doctrine” that the Court has been using to undermine any “major” decisions by government agencies (including student debt reform). After parsing through the evolution of these two doctrines (and the jurisprudence backing them up) and how Loper might see SCOTUS move onto the “Micromanaging Questions Doctrine,” Millhiser walks Sam and Emma through the radicalization of the US’ 5th Circuit over the Donald Trump administration, exploring how the GOP was able to blockade Obama’s appointments and confirm Trump’s en-masse. Wrapping up, Ian, Sam, and Emma tackle the far-right decisions coming out of the 5th Circuit, and what (if anything) the Supreme Court will do to keep their underlings in line. After Sam and Emma quickly parse through Jamaal Bowman’s ongoing Congressional debacle, they’re joined by Mark Bankston to discuss his representation of Ben Brody in a defamation case against Elon Musk, parsing through the issue at hand, what libel cases entail, and the vast damages that can come from the abuse of one’s public station.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma tackle the madness surrounding the still-impending government shutdown, dive a little deeper into the unsurprisingly racist coverage of Jamaal Bowman… pulling a fire alarm, and assess Biden’s recent statement on the Civil Rights Act. Next, they dive deep into Gavin Newsom’s astounding decision to name Laphonza Butler – a fundraiser who’s never held public office – to Dianne Feinstein’s Senate Seat over the over-deserving Barbara Lee, before Owen from LA helps parse through Butler’s past, Dan from CA provides some good ol’ unproductive libertarian debate, and Hannah from San Diego dives into the absurdity of the rental market as a military-civilian.

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The Majority Report with Sam Seder - https://majorityreportradio.com/

Direct download: 10_2_Millhiser_Bankston_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:49pm EDT

It's Casual Friday! Sam speaks with Ryan Grim, DC Bureau Chief at The Intercept, to round up the week in news. First, Sam runs through updates on the death of Dianne Feinstein, the UAW’s broadening strike, a win for fast food workers in CA, the House GOP’s various sh*t shows, and another Tesla lawsuit over discrimination, also parsing a little deeper through the Biden impeachment inquiry. Ryan Grim joins, as he and Sam jump right into assessing the future of Dianne Feinstein’s seat in the Senate and on the judiciary committee, before touching on the various ongoing labor fights, and the poor coverage that they get from mainstream media. After reflecting on Biden’s debut on the picket line, Ryan and Sam parse through two more of yesterday’s GOP disasters, with the supposed primary debate occurring without Donald Trump, and the flailing impeachment inquiry. Sam wraps up the free half with some of the young progressives’ best moments during yesterday’s Biden impeachment hearings.

And in the Fun Half: Sam talks with Bro Flamingo about labor retaliation, Rep. Brandon Williams gets publicly educated over the government shutdown, and both Elon Musk and Linda Yaccarino struggle to perform on the main stage. Tucker bonds with his old idol Bill O’Reilly, Patrick from Maine discusses his state’s power plans, and Andy from Atlanta rants about Foxconn. Sam from the future calls in with a warning, and Nick from the NRLCA gives his perspective on the union’s decertification process, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 9_29_Grim_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:19pm EDT

It's a JAM PACKED EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Mark Beissinger, politics professor at Princeton University, to discuss his recent book The Revolutionary City: Urbanization and the Global Transformation of Rebellion. Then, she speaks with reporter Emily Tamkin to discuss her recent piece in in The New Republic entitled "Why the GOP Fell in Love with Hungary." And then, Jamie Peck is back to talk about the Block Cop City efforts! First, Emma runs through updates on last night’s GOP Debate, the simultaneous Trump anti-Union event, McCarthy bringing an end to any hope for avoiding a government shutdown, labor action with the UAW, SAG-AFTRA, and Vegas hospitality workers, the Senate dress code, Bob Menendez’s not-guilty plea, and Gavin Newsome’s reproductive care training policy. Professor Mark Bessinger then dives right into his project on the urbanization of revolution, first walking through his definition of revolution, and why the evolution of revolution saw most of its early progress outside of urban centers in the 18th and 19th Centuries, before the massive urbanization of the 20th Century shifted the power of numbers in cities from the state to the people. Professor Bessinger then parses through the moments before and around the end of the Cold War that saw an influx of urban revolutionary tactics that emphasized the use of open space and capitalized on developments in communication and media to spur the rapid mobilization of a broad negative coalition. After briefly touching on the vast difference between “coups,” “protests,” and “revolutions,” Bessinger and Emma wrap up by assessing the future of revolution. Emily Tamkin joins, first discussing who Viktor Orbán is, and why his great replacement theory with added antisemitism so unsurprisingly speaks to the GOP, before walking through how this allowed him to put his Hungarian regime on the map for right-wing dictators, despite its relatively small political role. Tamkin and Emma expand on the parallels and differences between the ideologies of the GOP and Orbán, exploring why they prefer to present themselves as perfectly aligned, before they wrap up with an assessment of the strong connection between natalism, the far-right, and repressive societies. Finally, Jamie Peck tackles the abomination that is Cop City, its myriad issues from social, political, and environmental lenses, and the overwhelming rejection of the project by Atlantans. Next, Jamie and Emma take on the absurdity of Atlanta’s RICO charges against Cop City protestors, before looking forward to the next month and a half of Block Cop City organizing, and the strategies behind planned action this Veteran’s Day.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they watch AOC eviscerate a Conservative NY Democrat, the right-wing continues to embarrass itself over the Hunter Biden investigation, and the MR Team reflects on the GOP debates. The Petersons announce their version of the same right-wing pseudo-university grift we’ve seen countless times, and Cardi B reflects on the legacy of FDR, plus, your calls and IMs!

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The Majority Report with Sam Seder - https://majorityreportradio.com/

Direct download: 9_28_3_Guests_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:39pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam speaks with Jarod Facundo, writing fellow at The American Prospect, to discuss his recent piece entitled "Rural Letter Carriers Push for Union Decertification." Then, he's joined by Dr. Sara Nur Yildiz, professor in history at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, to discuss the developing situation in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. First, Sam runs through updates on a brand new Donald Trump fraud charge, labor action with the UAW and WGA, the FTC suit against Amazon, net neutrality, the Senate’s continuing resolution, and GOP fascism, before parsing through the absurd news coverage making parallels between Joe Biden visiting the UAW picket line and Donald Trump visiting a NON-union manufacturer. Jarod Facundo then joins, diving right into the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association’s ongoing project to decertify their own union in the face of union collusion and malpractice with Louie DeJoy’s postal service. Facundo briefly outlines the structure of unions in the letter carrier world, before walking through NRLCA’s myriad failures in recent years, resulting in cuts to hours, overtime, and general labor costs with the implementation of the RRECS system – all of which were underexaggerated to union members. Next, Jacob and Sam explore the much broader infrastructure of US unions, with most functioning under the Teamsters, AFL-CIO, and SEIU, as they assess why current NRLCA members want to reorganize under the Teamsters, why the Teamsters are hesitant to outwardly organize with them, and why that conflict is putting such a delay on NRLCA members’ decertification project. Professor Sara Nur-Yildiz then walks Sam through the historical and geographical context for the ongoing cultural genocide of Armenians in the Nagorno-Karabakh region by Azerbaijan, tackling the ethnic history of the region, and the slow development of nationalism within the respective countries over the pre-soviet and soviet periods. Expanding on this, Professor Nur-Yildiz walks through the explosion of violence in the latter half of the 1900s, with a mass pogrom of Azeris, and the eventual Russian-brokered ceasefire that cemented the Armenian victory in the region. Next, Nur-Yildiz looks to the recent military action, with the Four-Day War in 2020 seeing the billionaire-backed Azerbaijan regime of Ilham Aliyev reclaim control of the disputed territory, and implement a blockade of Nagorno-Karabakh, a region of hundreds of thousands, forcing a mass exodus of Armenia refugees facing rampant death and starvation. Wrapping up, Professor Sara Nur-Yildiz brings Sam through the major factors in Azerbaijan’s invasion and cultural genocide – mainly the business interests of the billionaire capitalists – and why the Oligarch PR complex might be the only thing preventing a full-throated genocide.

And in the Fun Half: Sam discusses developments in Rumble’s viewership numbers, Tim Pool sees the beginning of the end as Chicago begins tackling food security, and the MR Team walks through the myriad success stories of state-run grocery stores. Tommy Tuberville votes against the woke military, and Jesse Watters gets embarrassed across various Fox programs, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 9_27_Facundo_Yildiz_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:13pm EDT

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam is back with Emma to break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, they run through updates on Biden’s decision to join the UAW on the picket line, Trump’s anti-union event in Michigan, the Supreme Court’s rejection of Alabama’s gerrymander, Kevin McCarthy’s crisis in the House, Bob Menendez’s corruption, climate catastrophe, and student loans. Next, they parse through the malpractice in mainstream news coverage of Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s respective industry visits in Michigan today, and touch on updates from the strike, before diving into the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision on Alabama’s racial gerrymander and why this Court is still no friend of voting rights. Next, they chat about Bob Menendez’s rebirthed corruption and why Chuck Schumer refuses to address it (like he did with Al Franken), before wrapping up with the House GOP’s continuing meltdown.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma talk with Sarah from Illinois about the indifference toward culture war in much of the military, watch various killer climate actions, and Gumby from Topeka calls in about the theoretical conclusion to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Canadian Government accidentally gives a rousing applause to a Nazi, Jackson Hinkle goes to LARPing camp in Russia, and Grey from Virginia assesses Donald Trump’s flight risk, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 9_26_Seder_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:58pm EDT

Happy Monday! Emma speaks with Ahsan Butt, associate professor of international studies at George Mason University, to discuss the recent schism in relations between Canada and India over the purported assassination of a Sikh separatist in British Columbia. Then, she speaks with Akela Lacy, politics reporter at The Intercept, to discuss her recent piece entitled "AIPAC TARGETS BLACK DEMOCRATS — WHILE THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS STAYS SILENT." First, Emma runs through updates on the WGA strike, labor action with the postal union and UAW, the GOP’s government shutdown, the candidacy of Donald Trump, Rep. Menendez’s corruption, DOL child labor investigations, investment in the US Railroads, and an influx in Armenia refugees, before watching Matt Gaetz take Kevin McCarthy head on (via Maria Bartiromo). Professor Ahsan Butt then gets right into outlining the big picture of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s developing allegations against the Indian government and Narendra Modi, walking through the supposed charges (the murder of a Sikh Canadian citizen on Canadian soil), and why India believes they can carry out such an action on the international stage. Next, Professor Butt steps back and walks Emma through the history of Sikh separatism, India’s tensions with separatism as a whole, and why Prime Minister Modi chose to reignite an issue after decades of minimal conflict. After briefly diving into the background of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the Sikh dissident assassinated, Emma and Professor Ahsan walk through the evolving stances of Justin Trudeau, Joe Biden, and their respective governments. Akela Lacy and Emma then parse through AIPAC’s targeting of Black progressives with Democratic primaries, looking at the PAC’s overwhelming investment in challengers (and threatening challengers) to progressive congresspeople, and the prevalence this takes in challenges against Black Democrats. Next, Lacy parses through AIPAC’s ties to Democratic and Congressional Black Caucus leadership, particularly members like Jim Clyburn and Hakeem Jeffries, as they assess why the CBC has been drastically less proactive in supporting Black incumbents than they have for white Democrats challenged by Black progressives. They wrap up by exploring the future of progressive candidacies in Congress, and what the Democratic leadership’s ties to AIPAC mean moving forward.

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Direct download: 9_25_Butt_Lacy_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Matt Duss, executive vice president at the Center for International Policy, to round up the biggest stories in foreign policy this week. Then, they're joined by comedian Judy Gold, host of the Kill Me Now podcast! First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Bob Menendez renewing his Jersey bona fides with a brand new corruption case, the House GOP’s ongoing sh*tshow, another Clarence Thomas corruption allegation, labor action, Medicaid and medical debt, and stats on climate change, before watching Shawn Fain lay out the newest strike plan for the UAW. Matt Duss, Sam, and Emma then parse through Bob Menendez’s comedically criminal corruption indictment and the future of his seat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Next, they look to Ukraine as they assess Poland’s rollback of arms support for defense against Russia, the state of Ukraine’s incredibly slow offensive to regain territory, and Biden’s evolving criticism of the operation, before parsing through the absolute failure of Putin to hit his primary (crushing Ukrainian nationalism) and secondary (send a warning to NATO) targets for the war, and where the end of this conflict lies. Wrapping up, Duss explores US policy towards India, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, and the absurd freedom we allow *certain* allies on the international stage. Judy Gold then reflects on her summer and the ongoing success of her book-turned-show “Yes, I Can Say That,” before she walks Sam and Emma through the absurdity of the recent Hasan Minhaj drama, Lauren Boebert’s continuing role in Congress, and her anger towards Trump and Tommy Tubofshit.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma cover Bob Menendez sticking it to the establishment by… taking hundreds of thousands in cash and bars of gold. They also watch John Fetterman speak on accessibility, see the horrifying impact of theocratic fascism on our children, and then watch that theocratic fascism in action with Matt Walsh’s commentary on universal voting. Jeremy Boreing flaunts selling Daily Wire data to DeSantis for pocket change, plus your calls and IMs!

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

It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Orisanmi Burton, assistant professor of anthropology at American University, to discuss his recent book Tip of the Spear: Black Radicalism, Prison Repression, and the Long Attica Revolt. Then, she's joined by David Vine to discuss his project entitled "WORDS ABOUT WAR MATTER." First, Emma runs through updates on the filling of Rupert Murdoch’s shoes, the House GOP’s ongoing self-obstruction, Merrick Garland’s testimony, Lina Khan’s FTC, the ongoing labor action of the UAW and WGA, Trump’s skyrocketing polling, another Rudy allegation, Kari Lake’s run for Senate, and Bob Menendez’s old-school corruption, before parsing through the dense black hole of reactionary bigotry and corruption that is the legacy of Rupert Murdoch. Then, Professor Orisanmi Burton dives right into his analysis of prisons as an extension and development of warfare, outlining why this distinction from other analyses of the US Justice System is both necessary and not mutually exclusive from those lenses. Expanding on this, Professor Burton walks through prisons as the domestic grounds for counter-insurgency techniques the US Empire develops abroad, backed by a global network of state actors, before he and Emma step back and walk through the parallels between the lenses of “prison as war” and “prison as slavery.” Next, Orisanmi parses through the legacy of what he dubs the Long Attica Revolt, an extension of the four-day Attica Rebellion in September 1971, exploring how the broader understanding of these riots paints a picture of organized revolution over the months before the incident, and completely counters the bloodless liberal narrative of spontaneous carceral reform. After tackling the evolution of the Attica narrative (despite mass bloodshed at the hands of the state), Professor Burton wraps up by walking through the consistent role of counter-insurgency tactics employed by US Intelligence from COINTELPRO through the ongoing indictment of Cop City protestors, and how prison is maintained as a site of demobilization and discipline. Professor David Vine then joins as he assesses the evolution of the rhetoric of warfare two decades on from the war on terror, exploring how the terms and emphasis – from terror to “special operations” – serve to obscure the immense violence at hand. Professor Vine and Emma then look to the international spread of this rhetoric, from Russia to Israel, as leaders attempt to shirk responsibility for their violence, before they tackle how this rhetoric also serves to dehumanize and monolithize the targets of violence. David leaves us with a message on the importance of direct transparency from the state, particularly when it comes to warfare.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they tackle the absurdity of gender reveals, watch Merrick Garland get reamed for supposedly being anti-TradCath, and Alia calls in to expand on today’s conversation about warfare rhetoric. David Brooks is shocked that alcohol costs money, Matt Walsh takes on trans men in his most recent bigoted tirade, and Michael from Nashville asks for help on a national rail system, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:48pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with Ali Breland, writer at Mother Jones, to discuss his recent piece entitled "A Peter Thiel-Linked Startup Is Courting New York Scenesters and Plotting a Libertarian Paradise." Then, they're joined by Harry First, law professor at New York University, to discuss the antitrust case currently at trial against Google. First, they run through updates on the House GOP’s ongoing meltdown, labor updates on the auto world, yesterday’s special elections, the formation of the American Climate Corps, and conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, before watching Brian Kilmeade see red over the chaos within the GOP. Ali Breland then dives right into his work covering (and uncovering) details behind a Peter-Thiel-linked startup attempting to grift its way to popularity via a minor internet Libertarian community, bringing them on board its project to form the “Praxis Society” – a predictable libertarian utopia that will make them lots of real estate money. After briefly walking through the various “big plans” for establishing a real city, Breland walks Sam and Emma through what the society actually does (throw parties and plan Europe trips for a niche, supposedly cool group of right-wing, libertarian rich folks), and why so much of this boils down to Silicon Valley’s reactionary obsession with being so overwhelmingly disliked. Harry First then explores the ongoing anti-trust case against Google, centered on their monopoly as the standard search engine, exploring the players behind the case and why there are so many parallels between this, and the most recent sizable Tech anti-trust case back in the early 2000s against Microsoft. Next, Professor First walks Sam and Emma through what is likely to be the major factors of the case and why it’s likely to go all the way to the Supreme Court, before wrapping up with a discussion on the evolution of the judicial world in recent years.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss the Big Three auto companies tying themselves in knots trying to outmaneuver the UAW, watch Nikki Haley dub herself a union buster, and explore the astonishing move by the senate to… remove the dress code for men. Greg Kelly freaks out over automatic voter registration but can’t figure out how to make it sound bad, Kevin from Lancing walks through the multi-generational history of the UAW and auto unions in Michigan, and Trish from Boston makes a case for acknowledging Marianne Williamson. Jacob from Alabama (of the Valley Labor Report) updates us on some non-Big Three UAW strikes, the GOP’s literal and figurative book burnings continue, and Dusty from North Carolina parses through the state of his state’s politics, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:54pm EDT

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It's Newsday Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, they run through updates on the US and Iran’s frozen assets-for-prisoners swap, Canada’s almost-accusation of India’s assassination of a Canadian on Canadian soil, the GOP’s DOA spending plan, Rudy Giuliani’s newest lawsuit, and the IRS continuing their progressive reforms, before parsing through the UAW’s ongoing labor action, and the levels of support they’re getting from Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Next, Sam and Emma dive into the impending GOP-led government shutdown, tackling the fiasco of their internal negotiations, and why their approach to IRS reform would be a net expenditure for the US, before expanding on the specifics of Biden’s renovations of the IRS that the right-wing hates so much. They also dive into the anti-revolutionary anti-authoritarian ideology of the IDW, and wrap up by covering the upcoming special election in Allegheny, PA.

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Direct download: 9_19_Seder_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:12pm EDT

Happy Monday! The whole MR Crew is back! Sam and Emma speak with James Tabery, professor in Philosophy at the University of Utah, to discuss his recent book Tyranny of the Gene: Personalized Medicine and Its Threat to Public Health. First, Sam runs through updates on a US deal with Iran, the House GOP’s impending government shutdown, Drew Barrymore officially un-resuming her show (making Bill Maher the biggest SAG Scab), and progressive action in the US, before diving into the UAW’s ongoing strike and the unconditional support coming in from the White House. James Tabery then joins, diving right into his personal experience working with and within the Personalized Medicine industry, and seeing how it can (with great expense) help patients, before stepping back to analyze the greater history of precision (personal) and genomic medicine over the last three decades, with the evolution of the Human Genome Project, and the rise of Human Genome Institute figurehead Francis Collins to the director of the National Health Institute. Briefly, he then discusses Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative. Professor Tabery then walks Sam and Emma through the complicated drive behind the personalized medicine movement, with real believers (like Collins) used as lynchpins by the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical industries that would profit from a hyper-individualized and cure-based philosophy to medicine over a preventative and environmental-based one, before looking at how this has also resulted in a politicization of environmental considerations in medicine, and why – despite existing proof of environmental contributions to countless health issues – the US healthcare system remains far behind researching and addressing these problems. Wrapping up, Professor Tobery parses through the influence of this debate when it comes to research on race-based genomes for issues that could likely result from environmental factors.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch the Auto Industry leadership attempt to undermine UAW after the union essentially kept the industry alive in the wake of the 2008 Financial Crisis, also expanding on Biden’s support for the UAW and the inverse being expressed by GOP Presidential hopefuls. Rylie from West Philly and Corey on I-80 expand on the union discussion, the MR Crew discusses the unsurprising Russell Brand news (and those that came to his defense), and Teacher James from Iowa discusses the epidemic of anti-LGBTQ outing laws. Ronald Raygun gives his perspective on the positive impact on unions, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 9_18_Tabery_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:26pm EDT

It's Casual Friday! Sam speaks with David Dayen, executive editor at the American Prospect, to round up the week in news. Then, Sam speaks with Shunte Sanders Beasley, former vice president of UAW Local 869 and worker at the Stellantis Stamping Plant in Warren, Michigan to discuss the UAW strike against the Big 3 automakers that started today. First, Sam runs through updates on US labor action, the impending government shutdown, Trump’s fraud trial, Hunter Biden’s indictment, COVID boosters, student loan debt, and a new old EPA ruling, before diving into Shawn Fain’s exceptional leadership as the UAW launches a strike against the big three auto manufacturers. David Dayen then joins, as he and Sam parse a little deeper through the UAW’s ongoing negotiations with the “Big Three,” how Shawn Fain more than lived up to his union president platform, and Biden’s perspective on record profits meaning record contracts. Expanding on this, Dayen and Sam then expand on the state of labor in the US, exploring why CEOs from GM to Hollywood keep making themselves out to be ghouls (accurate), the role of the NLRB and its recent CEMEX ruling, and how the negotiation process can still be shored up. Next, David dives into the DOJ’s ongoing case against Google as the conversation moves to anti-trust, before they assess rising poverty (and child poverty) rates with the US sunsetting countless welfare programs. Shunte Sanders-Beasley then dives right into the breadth of the UAW’s ongoing labor action, with her local plant standing at the ready to strike, and the solidarity nationwide as auto workers refuse to back down after a decade-and-a-half of severe exploitation. Wrapping up, Sanders-Beasley explores the incredible role played by union leadership in fighting for the workforce as a whole, and what external support for the UAW can and should look like.

And in the Fun Half: Sam talks with Jackie from CT about the various obstructions to Biden’s student loan forgiveness (and how the CFPB can help), DeSantis continues his anti-vax crusade as Trump tiptoes between taking credit for the success and shirking responsibility for the failures of early COVID policy. Dan from Oceanside discusses his beautiful dream for the postal union, Lauren Boebert gets caught being a horrible person (likely thing for her to be), Matt Gaetz goes for McCarthy’s throat, and Robin from South Florida reflects on the inspiration that is Hot Labor Summer, plus, your calls and IMs!

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

Emma returns for an EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Rebecca Galemba, associate professor in international studies at the University of Denver, to discuss her recent book Laboring for Justice: The Fight Against Wage Theft in an American City. Then, she's joined by artist and activist Murray Cox to discuss his work on the project Inside Airbnb. First, Emma runs through updates on Trump’s Georgia trial, the expiration of UAW’s contract with the big three automakers, Mitt Romney’s retirement, Joe Manchin’s future, another attack on DACA, and the most recent environmental disasters, also parsing through her recent COVID-related absence and watching Rashida Tlaib speak in solidarity with the UAW. Professor Rebecca Galemba then dives into her exploration of the most prevalent form of theft in the US – wage theft – exploring the various blatant and more subtle ways that employers steal pay and benefits, and why the existing numbers on the issue are drastically underestimated. Expanding on this, Professor Galemba tackles the role of the often unreported exploitation of more marginalized communities, before parsing through the particular impact of wage theft on migrant communities, and the direct relationship between aggressive immigration law and lax labor regulation in forcing migrants into increasingly insecure situations economically and increasingly precarious work. After tackling the dynamic between the ongoing child labor crisis in the US and the labor exploitation of migrants, Professor Galemba wraps up by walking through the major labor progress (and regress) being made on the local and state levels, and what other policies – both in immigration and labor – should be pushed to continue to tackle this issue. Murray Cox and Emma then get right into tackling his ongoing project tracking Airbnb listings in major cities across the globe, starting with New York, where he previously worked on an anti-gentrification project and first saw the massive impact of Airbnb on local renting and housing markets. Cox then parses through the recent NYC legislation that has drastically reduced the number of short-term rentals in the city, looking at the various laws across the globe that it was inspired by, and what the major problems and limitations are with this type of legislation. They wrap up the interview by assessing what those of us outside of these projects can do to help.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:18pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam speaks with Yohuru Williams, historian and founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas, and Michael Lansing, Professor of History at Augsburg University, to discuss their documentary project on the history of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) entitled "Overpoliced and Underprotected in MSP." Then, he's joined by Mario Ariza, investigative reporter at Floodlight News, to discuss his recent reporting on a November 2023 ballot measure in Maine that would create a non-profit power utility in the state. First, Sam runs through updates on the UAW’s work stoppage plan, gas prices and rent, soaring child poverty rates in the US, Wisconsin judicial politics, the new COVID booster, and the indictment of Memphis cops over the killing of Tyre Nichols, before parsing through Kevin McCarthy’s attempt to save his career via launching ready-to-fail impeachment proceedings. Professor Yohuru Williams and Professor Michael Lansing then join, diving into Minneapolis’ long history of unjust policing (and resistance) since the establishment of Minneapolis PD in 1870, and how much of this history has been swept under the rug and forgotten. Professors Williams and Lansing then give us a picture of the work behind “Overpoliced and Underprotected in MSP,” before they walk Sam through the process of this “historical amnesia,” why it must be addressed and fought against if we are to redefine “Public Safety” beyond policing, and what that redefinition could look like. Mario Ariza and Sam then dive into Maine’s upcoming referendum on purchasing the state’s investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities and turning them into a public-private partnership. They tackle the bipartisan frustration with the running and maintenance of Maine’s power grid, and why the fight to essentially nationalize the industry is largely non-ideological.

And in the Fun Half, Sam checks in on the insane book banning hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee where freak witnesses AND senators felt it necessary to read passages from young adult books about strap on blowjobs. Steven Crowder discusses, again, I don't know if you can guess: no-fault divorce, and Walter Isaacson (and his good friend, Jake Tapper!) run insane interference for Isaacson's recent subject (and baby boy), Elon Musk. Plus, your calls & IM's!

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

It's News Day Tuesday! But first, Sam speaks with Marian Schlotterbeck, professor of history at the University of California, Davis, to discuss the 50th anniversary of the U.S. backed coup in Chile against leader Salvador Allende. First, Sam runs through updates on Kevin McCarthy’s House leadership, a deal between the US and Iran, disaster in Libya, various labor updates, and a new COVID booster, before touching on JD Vance’s recent proposal to handcuff the US Government’s pandemic response until the 2024 elections. Professor Schlotterbeck then joins as she and Sam dive into the legacy left by Salvador Allende as a democratically-elected Marxist, walking through his evolution in Chilean politics and touching on his major policies over his three years in office before his killing in 1973. Then, they take a step back as Professor Schlotterbeck works her way through the CIA’s relationship to Chile pre-1970 – serving both as a Super PAC and Op-Ed machine for right-wingers – and how the Cuban revolution mobilized US intelligence to begin to act even more aggressively in South America, before expanding on the relationship of the CIA and Henry Kissinger to the corporate world so threatened by Allende’s presence. After wrapping up the story of the 1973 coup with a greater assessment of US involvement, Marion and Sam briefly look at US economists’ role in the violent Pinochet regime of the next two and a half decades. They conclude the interview by diving into the lasting effect of Allende on the Chilean left and the ongoing attempts to redraft Augusto Pinochet’s 1980 constitution.

And in the Fun Half, Sam checks out UAW President Shawn Fain's appearance on CNN, the "Drew Barrymore Show" scab effort, Australian hospitality mogul (and freak) Tim Gurner discussing the recent "arrogance" of the labor market, as well as some selections from the PragerU kids renderings of what happened in the Civil War. Plus, your calls & IM's!

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

Hey Folks! Covid has hit the office, we look to be back with a full show tomorrow.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:46am EDT

It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Noah Kulwin and Brendan James to discuss the most recent season of the Blowback podcast. Then, she's joined by freelance writer Garrison Lovely to discuss his recent piece in The Nation entitled "Confessions of a McKinsey Whistleblower." Emma starts off by reacting to remarks UAW President Shawn Fain made on CNBC, in response to a question about UAW withholding their endorsement of President Biden. Then, she's joined by Noah and Brendan to discuss Season 4 of Blowback, and Emma's devastation that a postscript from the movie "Rambo" did not, in fact, hand it to the mujahideen in Afghanistan, despite the movie being a love letter of sorts to them regardless. Noah dives into some of the history of the mujahideen, and how the U.S. began involvement with them and supporting them as a Cold War battleground state in the conflict against Russia. Brendan breaks down the antecedents to the Iraq and Afghanistan war, and how all of the elements of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan from the 1970's-1990's, especially their support and eventual rejection of the mujahideen, lead directly into the 20+ year conflict that defined the 21s century. Then Emma is joined by Garrison, who discusses his early employment as an intern, and then full-time staffer at McKinsey Consulting, and how it shaped his views on America capitalism. Garrison explains his work involving the carceral state, and how McKinsey tried to make its mark on American prisons, and also dives into some of the absolutely unbelievable corporate-speak that McKinsey has introduced into the lexicon, like "right-sizing", and how those signifiers mask and obscure some of the more insidious characteristics of the work being done at the firm. 

And in the Fun Half, Emma is joined by Matt Binder and Brandon Sutton and check in on some of the Senate Republicans, like Josh Hawley, who are getting a little antsy about Mitch McConnell's leadership as Minority Leader after his most recent freeze-up. They then dive into Mehdi Hasan's masterful skewering of Vivek Ramaswamy, who was constitutionally incapable of answering why Trump was the best President of his life time, but also a sore loser who committed abhorrent acts on January 6th. They then get into the REAL, hard-hitting news of the day: Tucker Carlson's bombshell interview with convicted felon and serial fabulist Larry Sinclair, who outlined the (most likely fictional) night where he had (alleged) sex with Barack Obama and smoked crack with him (it was actually cocaine, we think.) They top it off by hearing Tim Pool's thoughts on the matter (would it shock you that he compared it to Christine Blasey Ford's testimony against Justice Kavanaugh)? Plus, your calls & IM's!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:01pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with Dr. Jiaying Zhao, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, to discuss her recent research into the benefits of guaranteed cash transfers, and how they can help reduce homelessness. Then, they're joined by actor Shaan Sharma, member of the SAG-AFTRA negotiating committee, to discuss the recent updates on the strike and the ongoing negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). First, they run through updates on Gabe Amo’s victory in Rhode Island, Saudi Arabia’s oil production cut, Trump’s Mar-a-Lago case, the Cop City RICO indictment, Russian bombing in Ukraine, COVID hospitalizations, captive audience meetings and AirBnbs in New York, and Google’s anti-monopoly trials, before parsing through Atlanta’s role as the testing ground for building massive Police day camps despite active local pushback – and how to criminalize those that won’t stop. Dr. Jiaying Zhao then outlines her study into the massive impact of direct cash transfers on the lives of homeless people and on the government's pockets, with only $7,500 drastically reducing both the extent of time spent homeless and the net spending on aid. Then, Shaan Sharma updates us on SAG-AFTRA’s negotiations with Hollywood studios, why the studios refuse to negotiate in good faith for anyone but Wall Street and the shareholders, and the complete corruption of corporate America.

And in the Fun Half: Joe Rogan tells Oliver Anthony you can't just tax the rich, Jeannine Pirro thinks hurricanes started in the 1400s, Elon Musk melts down about Jews ruining his business, and Saul roasts Sam for a second consecutive day and offers his opinions on Bugattis.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:54pm EDT

It’s News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma run through updates on the GOP’s Government shutdown, Alabama’s racial gerrymander, Trump’s Co-Defendants, Texas’ crackdown on free will, Ken Paxton’s potential impeachment, and the Georgia DA’s indictment of 61 ‘Cop City’ protestors on RICO charges, before diving into the UAW’s upcoming labor action just nine days ahead of a potential strike, and other elements of Hot Labor fall. John from San Antonio then joins as he walks Sam and Emma through Rhode Island’s upcoming special election, tackling the major players in the Democratic primary, who got whose endorsements, why Aaron Regunberg is the progressive choice, and what we can expect from today’s primary. Sam and Emma also dive into Texas towns’ ongoing fascist attack against the free travel of abortion-seekers, and assess Obamacare’s genuinely positive impact on healthcare price inflation.

And in the Fun Half: Saul joins to expose his dad once again. Bill Maher is not here for Hot Labor Summer, a call from Jesse Singal, and more!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm EDT

Happy Labor Day! The MR Crew is off today but in the meantime please enjoy our annual audio compilation of labor-themed excerpts from luminaries such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Mario Savio, John L. Lewis, as well as Sen. Bernie Sanders reading the words of Eugene Debs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:56pm EDT

It's Casual Friday! Sam is joined by Heather Digby Parton, contributing writer at Salon.com and proprietor of the blog Hullabaloo, to round up the week in news. Then, he is joined by MR alum extraordinaire Jamie Peck to discuss what exciting things she has coming up. And THEN, he's joined by Matthew Film Guy! First, Sam runs through updates on Donald Trump’s Georgia case and the GOP’s case against Fani Willis, Mitch McConnell’s return to the Senate, national union action, the end of another COVID support program, and the Texas Supreme Court upholding a ban on trans-affirming care for minors, before watching UAW President Shawn Fain rail against the “policy failure” that is the existence of billionaires. Heather Parton then joins as she and Sam work through the Georgia GOP’s ongoing attempt to impeach Fulton County DA Fani Willis, Governor Brian Kemp’s rejection of that, and why that might not help back the radicals down. Expanding on the far-right’s role in the legislature, they then tackle Kevin McCarthy’s ongoing debacle as he attempts to give his colleagues a baseless impeachment against Biden in exchange for NOT shutting down the entire government, and why they still want both, before quickly running through the NLRB’s massive decision in a case against Cemex. They wrap up by more broadly assessing the state of Joe Biden and his administration heading into the 2024 election. Jamie Peck then dives into the upcoming debut of her variety show “The Woke Mob” with Jake Flores, this Saturday in New York, before parsing through the ongoing organizing and protest against Atlanta’s Cop City, what Cop City is, and why – despite massive public disapproval for the project and over 100k signatures for a referendum – the Atlanta City Council is taking every chance to undermine attempts to stop the project. Matthew Film guy helps wrap up the program as he and Sam discuss the recent gift-giving debacle involving Ronald Raygun, the ongoing WGA-SAG strike, and gives his recommendations of the book-turned-movie Dogs of War and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Wild Pear Tree.

And in the Fun Half: Sam covers Tucker’s flailing pivot to ‘X’ and strong relationship with Hungary, Ed from Seattle discusses yesterday’s interview’s portion on Hannah Arendt, and Jack from Cleveland platforms Rudy Giuliani’s legal fund. Michael in Miami expands the conversation on Rudy’s troubles, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 3:29pm EDT

It's a special Thursday because SAM is hosting! He speaks with Samuel Moyn, professor of Law & History at Yale University, to discuss his recent book Liberalism against Itself: Cold War Intellectuals and the Making of Our Times.

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

It's Hump Day! Sam speaks with Ibrahim Al-Marashi, Associate Professor of History at the California State University San Marcos, to discuss his recent writing on the Wagner Group and Blackwater. Then, he is joined by Harold Meyerson, editor-at-large at The American Prospect, to discuss the recent decisions made at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). First, Sam runs through updates on the Department of Labor’s overtime change, the delay of the Proud Boys’ sentencing, the labor market, Hurricane Idalia, and other natural disaster and climate updates, before parsing through Biden’s Medicare and student debt agenda. Ibrahim Al-Marashi then dives right into Blackwater’s blueprint for the Wagner Group, and the role of South Africa’s Executive Outcomes in setting the stage for them both, exploring how these three groups were the outcome of their nations capitalizing on the demobilization of state military by funding independent mercenary groups that largely work outside of any accountability apparatus, be it international of public. Expanding on this, Al-Marashi walks through the immense role Blackwater played in US involvement in Iraq, helping commit atrocities in the US’ name without requiring a greater loss of US soldiers, before expanding on the Wagner Group’s relationship to Russia beyond its role in Ukraine, with its operations largely located in Africa, where they’ve spent time warlording and extracting from local communities, all while Russia denied operations in the region. Wrapping up, Sam and Ibrahim walk through the conflict between state militaries and contracted forces, and explore the role that has, and will continue to play in Russia’s floundering invasion of Ukraine. Harold Meyerson then joins, contextualizing the NLRB’s recent Cemex ruling as one of the most empowering labor developments in a half-century of dwindling organizing, and why Jennifer Abruzzo’s Board has chosen now as their moment to be active. Next, he and Sam parse through the actual details of the Cemex decision, why it’s a great first step back towards the Joy-Silk doctrine of the NLRB, and how it aids in both forcing bargaining and punishing union busting. Wrapping up, Meyerson expands on the necessity of labor unions to capitalize on this moment, as they finally have both leverage and public opinion on their side, as well as touching on the role the Supreme Court and Senate have yet to play.

And in the Fun Half: Sam watches the Right meltdown over Oliver Anthony not being a Republican, Nick from St. Louis calls in with a Prigozhin conspiracy, Okajic in NY relays Vivek’s newest freestyle, and Tim Pool accidentally reveals a pattern about his programming. Graham from Maine expands on the evolution of Blackwater, and Mitch McConnell stares into the void, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, They run through updates on Donald Trump’s federal trial date, the New Hampshire GOP’s civil war over the 2024 Primary ballot, Trump’s rampant support in Georgia, increasing COVID hospitalization rates, and Biden and Lula’s plan to call for improved labor conditions, before watching Jesse Watters do some wildly racist pandering to Black people over Trump’s mugshot. Sam and Emma then parse through the upcoming Medicare drug price negotiations, looking at how Biden’s IRA got us here, what his plan for the negotiations is, and how this particular element allows the US government to save en masse and will likely push down drug prices for the rest of us. After tackling the likely lawsuits that will follow Biden’s attempt to impose these negotiations, they shift the conversation to the NLRB’s massive ruling on union busting in the leadup to elections, first contextualizing the NLRB’s doctrine for much of the 20th Century (and why that doctrine got changed) that helped keep union elections legitimate, before walking through the specifics of the recent Cemex Construction ruling, and how it forces employers to bargain and threatens union busting with full unionization. Wrapping up, Sam and Emma discuss Trader Joe’s United filing the first Cemex Bargaining Order, and the unionization attempt in Disney’s VFX department.

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Happy Monday! Sam is BACK from vacation. He and Emma speak with Richard Kahlenberg, education & housing policy consultant and non-resident fellow at Georgetown University, to discuss his recent book Excluded: How Snob Zoning, NIMBYism and Class Bias Build the Walls We Don't See. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Trump’s various legal woes, this weekend’s white supremacist mass shooting in Florida, the UAW’s tentative agreement with auto companies, the NLRB’s massive new ruling to empower unions, and various conservative political operations, like CPAC and No Labels, before looking at the local response in Jacksonville to the racist shooting of four Black people. Richard Kahlenberg then dives right into why the incredibly dry topic of housing zoning inspires rabid reactions and fundamentally shapes so much of our social stratification. Kahlenberg then parses through the relationship between class and race in US public policy, and how they frequently act as proxies for each other, becoming tightly bound in how they must be addressed, as seen in the shift from extreme racial segregation to extreme class segregation coming out of the Civil Rights era, and how this economic stratification so neatly feeds into educational segregation. After walking through his primary case study of Scarsdale and Port Chester, in upstate New York, Sam, Emma, and Richard discuss Reihan Salam’s recent response to Kahlenberg’s work, as they tackle how deeply tied up in elitist and hyper-individualist culture the vast majority of exclusionary housing policy is. Wrapping up, they tackle Kahlenberg’s major policy projects and suggestions to push back against these exclusionary zoning laws (even when the wealthy communities object), and work through the local models for both sides of the zoning debate.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:51pm EDT

It's Casual Friday! Emma speaks with Jamelle Bouie, opinion columnist at the New York Times and co-host of the Unclear and Present Danger podcast, to round up the week in news. Then, she's joined by David Doel, host of The Rational National! First, Emma runs through updates on the booking of Donald Trump, the various attacks on the prosecutor Fani Willis, the UAW, Putin’s totally earnest response to the slaying of Prigozhin, Ukraine’s counter-offensive in Crimea, the Ohio GOP’s anti-democratic move against abortion, Maui’s lawsuit against Hawaiian Electric, and a brand new COVID surge, before parsing a little deeper through the various routes the GOP is trying to take to undermine Fani Willis’ prosecution of Donald J. Trump. Jamelle Bouie then walks through his perspective on the showmanship of Donald Trump, as Bouie and Emma tackle the genuine legitimacy of the charges against him, and the greater revelations that have come out of the legal process. After expanding on Georgia Gov. Kemp’s avenue to undermine Fani Willis, and why we can trust elements of the jury process, Bouie and Emma dive into this week’s GOP Presidential debate, how they read the various candidates, and the GOP’s reversion to entitlements without the presence of Trump. Wrapping up, they assess the dismal vibe of the GOP platform heading into the 2024 elections. David Doel then joins as he reflects on his MR debut, the release of the DT Mugshot, and discusses Trump’s admiration of Vivek Ramaswamy’s admiration of him. Doel concludes the interview with a fervent apology for the existence of Jordan Peterson on behalf of Canada, before he and Emma bask in JP’s ongoing downfall on the professional and personal levels.

And in the Fun Half: Emma tackles the fantastic new NLRB ruling on busting union votes, Asa Hutchinson discusses Donald Trump’s disqualifiers, and the MR Crew discusses a harrowing story coming out of Pittsburgh that has 75 police officers on leave. The New York Times continues its malevolent coverage of trans issues, uplifting an already-debunked whistleblower without any new information, and Donald Trump gets back to the important issues (ratings), plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:29pm EDT

It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Richard Wiles, President of The Center for Climate Integrity, to discuss the recent efforts to file lawsuits against Big Oil companies for violating racketeering laws. Then, she's joined by Eleni Schirmer, organizer with Debt Collective, to discuss where things stand at the 1-year anniversary mark of President Biden's student debt relief plan. First, Emma runs through updates on the release of Trump’s co-conspirators' mugshots, the death of Prigozhin, potential action from the executive branch, fascist policy in South Carolina and Florida, right to repair, environmental disaster, and SpaceX’s hiring discrimination, before parsing through their initial responses to last night’s GOP Presidential debate, and watching some highlights from Trump and Tucker’s broadcast on X. Richard Wiles then joins as he dives right into why litigation has proved to be a promising avenue in the fight against climate change, as – while it doesn’t allow for actual solutions – it provides the opportunity to hold to account the companies responsible, and reaffirm in the public eye what we already know about the mass and ongoing coverup of the climate emergency. Wiles then parses through the blueprint set by cases against the Tobacco and Opioid industries, respectively, and the long history of politicians asking the DOJ to pursue similar claims against Exxon, Shell, and co. Next, Wiles walks us through the various legal avenues open to the DOJ, including base-level fraud charges, versus a much larger RICO case, and why the former allows for bigger financial accountability, while the latter forces open and active communication in any future marketing or sales of fossil fuels, before wrapping up by assessing the Biden administration’s shaky record on climate change, and how this case could change that. Eleni Schirmer and Emma then jump right into the Biden administration’s complete failure in the very delayed rollout of their student debt relief plan, tackling the problems with Biden’s avenue for justification, and why his fear of outright cancellation forced him into undermining his own program. Stepping back, Schirmer then walks through her recent work on the massive lasting impact of student debt among older generations, before tackling the Debt Collective’s work on pushing forward a new plan to cancel student debt, why Joe Biden and the DOE have already proven it’s possible, and a new tool that can help make it possible for even more debtors. Wrapping up, Schirmer and Emma explore Biden’s personal relationship to the world of creditors, and how his approach to canceling student debt may evolve.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:30pm EDT

It's Hump Day! First, Emma speaks with attorney Stephen Bright and James Kwak, law professor at the University of Connecticut, to discuss their recent book The Fear of Too Much Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Insistence of Inequality in the Criminal Courts. Then, she's joined by writer Katherine Stewart to discuss her recent piece in The New Republic entitled "The Claremont Institute: The Anti-Democracy Think Tank".  First, Emma runs through updates on tonight's GOP Presidential Debate, Trump’s various legal battles, the UPS-Teamsters agreement, Hollywood’s anti-labor action, child labor in the US, Ed Bloom’s new anti-education lawsuit, a potential Oregon Supreme Court case on homelessness, and various geopolitical discourses, before admiring Climate Defiance’s recent action in front of a Maura Healey fundraiser. Stephen Bright and James Kwak then join, first diving into Bright’s history with capital punishment in the US over the last four decades, making him ever so intimate with the criminal-legal system’s myriad injustices, blatant race discrimination, and severe power imbalance in favor of the prosecution, before stepping back to analyze why the conversation of the role of race and poverty in capital punishment is so centered on the southern US, despite racism, poverty, and death sentences all existing in the north as well. Next, Bright and Kwak parse through the drastic power imbalance that comes from the simultaneous hyper-politicization of the legal system through prosecutors alongside the deprioritization and underfunding of public defense, walking countless examples of prosecutorial injustice and the malpractice of certain supposed public defenders. Bright and Kwak then focus on the Supreme Court case of McCleskey v. Kemp, and the eventual decision that, despite overwhelming evidence of racist bias in the endorsement, sentencing, and execution of the death sentence, said bias cannot be used as an argument in individual cases, in “fear of too much justice, before wrapping up by walking through the compiling and countless injustices of the criminal legal system and its death penalty. Katherine Stewart then walks Emma through the greater history of the Claremont Institute, and its evolution from a standard conservative think tank to the far-right, anti-democratic, neo-confederate thought leader that it is today – playing host to multiple Trump co-conspirators. Stewart begins by tackling the basis for the institution’s radicalization, including who the major players were, and the bigoted arguments they were able to put forth, from gender and race segregation to citing public Nazis as inspiration, before wrapping up with its culmination in the battle against “woke,” the right’s attacks on education, and their ultimate goal of affirmative action for conservative men.

And in the Fun Half: Emma tackles the renters’ nightmare that is the modern-day United States, Dave from Jamaica critiques recent “male loneliness discourse,” Tim Pool and Moonlord eviscerate the non-existent authoritarian hygiene and total-lockdown policies of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Noel from Queens tackles the Democrats’ need to be aggressive about literally anything. Newsmax goes all-in on homophobia, a Televangelist comes for Barbie’s Dreamhouse, and Bailey from NC expands on the hell of economic life in America, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:46pm EDT

It's News Day Tuesday! But first, Emma speaks with Marco Fonseca, instructor in Latin American and International Studies at the York University Glendon campus in Toronto, to discuss the results from Guatemala's runoff election this past weekend.

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

Happy Monday! Emma speaks with Rebecca Ruth Gould, Professor of Islamic World & Comparative Literature at the University of Birmingham, to discuss her recent book Erasing Palestine: Free Speech and Palestinian Freedom. Then, she speaks with Jessie Kelly, a member of UAW Local 160 at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, and Chair of Communications for local 160, to discuss the UAW's potential strike that may be coming in September. First, Emma runs through updates on Guatemala’s rebuke of the conservative establishment, disaster in Southern California, the rebuilding effort in Lahaina and conflicts between community and capital, Biden’s visit to Maui, Trump’s reign over the GOP, a new COVID booster, rampant homophobia in the US, and the massive mounting death toll between Russia and Ukraine, before diving into Fox News’ continuing attempts to push anti-environmental propaganda. Rebecca Ruth Gould then joins, diving right into her history as a Jewish American that briefly lived in the West Bank while working, via multi-hour and multi-checkpoint commutes, in Jerusalem. Gould first reflects on the radicalization she underwent with her first-hand experience of the Israeli apartheid state, from the active separation of worlds to the continuing settler-colonial violence, which resulted in her publishing of an article entitled “Beyond Antisemitism,” on the weaponization of the Holocaust and antisemitism. Jumping ahead in her life, she explores how this article, despite being a single moment in her career as an academic, came back around during her career teaching at University in the UK as a student attempted to cite the work as an example of pure antisemitism – solely on its criticisms of Israel – a claim that was taken seriously by a British establishment that had just seen Theresa May affirm the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism, which largely focuses on any criticism of Israel in their examples. Expanding on this, Gould parses through the IHRA’s actual definition, what was so problematic about the guidelines that came alongside the definition, how it homogenizes an already marginalized group, and why forcing states to define antisemitism beyond “prejudice against Jewish people” is an issue. Wrapping up, Rebecca Ruth Gould explores the worsening violence around Israeli apartheid in recent years, despite turning public opinion against it, and talks with Emma about parallels between Israeli and US colonialism. Jessie Kelly then walks through the inspiring leadership of Shawn Fain and the UAW team during the recent bargaining session, the importance of militant organizing and rhetoric, and the state of the bargaining process (despite everything the auto manufacturers are doing not to bargain), before wrapping up by discussing the growing strength of labor in the US, and the process of labor radicalization.

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It's a Very Casual Friday! Since Sam and Emma are out of town, the MR Crew are off. But in the meantime, check out this interview Sam and Emma did with Andrew Seidel, attorney with Americans United for Separation of Church and State, on his recent book American Crusade: How the Supreme Court Is Weaponizing Religious Freedom. Andrew Seidel begins by providing background on the recent rise of a billion-dollar shadow network of Christian Nationalist organizations and judicial allies, with these modern “crusaders” attempting to redefine and pervert the meaning of the US constitutional right to religious freedom, using various realms of the private/public sphere – from bakers to coaches to schools and websites – to litigate the supreme privilege of Christian identity in the US via the courts. Seidel then quickly runs through the major breakthroughs in the Christian Right’s barrage on the US legal system, from the Mojave Memorial Cross case in 2010, and the acknowledgment of the Supreme Court that they would be willing to – at a minimum – participate in this discourse (and opening up the floodgates to countless filing), through the cementing of a conservative majority under Donald J. Trump, alongside the increasing publication of clear collusion and corruption among US Justices. Stepping back, Seidel then works to define the line between belief and action that defines the US conception of religious freedom, the right to act on one’s religious beliefs insofar as they do not infringe on the rights of others, and the pre-21st Century understanding that this, indeed, was the perspective set out by the framers, before tackling the slow perversion of this concept to solely protect the rights of Christians, while other religions – as seen in the Muslim Ban and the evangelizing of Coach Kennedy – are pushed to the side and gaslit. After exploring the state behind SCOTUS’ turn towards Christian supremacy and parsing through the details of RFRA – and whether its 1993 passage foresaw the conservatives’ abuses of it – they wrap up with where the battle against theocratic fascism goes from here.

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Direct download: 8_18_Seidel_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EDT

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It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Ben Terris, writer in the Washington Post's Style section, to discuss his recent book The Big Break: The Gamblers, Party Animals, and True Believers Trying to Win in Washington While America Loses Its Mind. Then, she's joined by Kaniela Ing, National Director of the Green New Deal Network and former member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, to discuss the ongoing recovery efforts from the Maui wildfires, and how the aftereffects of colonialism are still affecting Hawaii to this day. First, Emma runs through updates on the Maui wildfires’ climbing death toll, another wildfire in Canada, Trump’s legal cases, Rudy’s legal bills, the upcoming UAW strike vote, abortion rights in the US, action from far-right legislatures in the US, and a potential Lula-Biden meeting, before diving into recent revelations on Roger Stone’s most unsurprising role in Trump’s conspiracy. Ben Terris then joins, diving right into his project studying the impact of Trump’s “shock” to the DC system, and how his victory inflamed all of the worst elements of the Capitol, making it somehow even more grifty, shifty, and power-hungry. Terris dives into his work profiling Matt Schlapp, Robert Stryk, and Sean McElwee, to explore how they capitalized on a shifting power structure in DC by clinging firmly to Trump, knowing the right people, and betting their way to the top, respectively. Kaniela Ing then joins as he first provides background on the devastating impact of the recent wildfires in Maui, burning through the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Lahaina, with thousands missing alongside the over 100 declared dead. After walking through the response from the Hawaiian community, as well as the best way to help from the outside, Ing and Emma tackle the ongoing invasion of disaster capitalists in the wake, attempting to extort devastated Hawaiians for their land, and coming in under the guise of aid solely to exploit. Wrapping up, Kaniela walks through Hawaii’s history with colonial capitalism (particularly in the wake of disasters), and what the major challenges of the rebuilding process will be.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they discuss the outrageous second attempt at canceling Richard Hanania for doing race science again, watch Bill Maher expertly interrupt Marianne Williamson to explain that poor people don’t matter because he can’t see them, and a caller from Baltimore poorly starts a conversation on law and marginalized rights. Nick from Houston Food Not Bombs calls in to explore Houston’s criminalization of feeding the homeless as a part of the US’ greater fascistic attack on the unhoused, and Kristi Noem makes Hillary Clinton look good. Rudy Giuliani continues his pathetic little downfall, and Guy from Charlotte calls in about the Right's love for ahistory, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 8_17_Terris_Ing_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:47pm EDT