The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Sam hosts Nathan Tankus, director of research at the Public Money Network, to discuss the Fed, PPP's shortcomings, and the incoming corporate consolidation post-Covid-19. Enjoy a 20% discount at Nathan Tankus' substack here! (https://tinyurl.com/y76aljt4)

On today's show: Eric Trump claims coronavirus is Democratic hoax, will ‘magically’ vanish after 2020 election.

Nathan Tankus, director of research at the Public Money Network, to discuss the Fed, PPP's shortcomings, and the incoming corporate consolidation post-Covid-19. Nathan goes over the basics of MMT, including: What is money? What gives it value? The relationship between debt and savings. Why the US government could, if it wanted to, use massive deficit spending to fund recovery programs without suffering the rumored ill effects of inflation. And more.

On the fun half: Nancy Pelosi says all Dems wanted stabilizers for HEROES but they couldn't because of budgetary rules. Tim Ryan gives impassioned speech calling out GOP reps on House floor. Kevin McCarthy says HEROES Act is "socialist wishlist," cites weed, prisoners, illegals, and voting. Trade advisor Peter Navarro says death rate is high because more people are killing themselves, because of "stay at home" orders. A discussion on the merits of voting for Biden in the general. HHS Secretary Alex Azar does race science, says we're a "diverse population" and minorities have high co-morbidities.

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Sam hosts David Dayen (@ddayen), executive editor at The American Prospect, and Matt Binder (@MattBinder), host of the DOOMED podcast and writer at Mashable.

On today's show: Whistleblower Dr. Rick Bright says winter 2020 could be "darkest in modern history."

David Dayen (@ddayen), executive editor at The American Prospect, joins Sam to break down the House Democrats 'HEROES' act and the political malpractice it represents. From the bill's corporate focus to its pre-emptive compromises, it's clear Pelosi and the centrist Democrats are trying to make sure the crisis does not lead to structural change. Meanwhile, Pramila Jayapal and the progressive caucus have mounted a hapless opposition. And Joe Biden is doubling down on being Joe Biden. What a mess.

Matt Binder (@MattBinder), host of the DOOMED podcast and writer at Mashable (and MR alum!) joins Sam to discuss his televised "discussion" with Brandon Straka (remember him?) and the conspiracy theories driving Boomer politics, from Pizzagate to Q-anon.

On the fun half: Jon from San Antonio wonders if Americans will ever express their anger over Covid politically. Ronald Raygun plugs GoFundMe for striking agricultural workers; donate at GoFundMe.com/didyoueattoday. Dr. Bright shares email correspondence with industry executive saying "we are in deep shit." Dr. Bright says administration was warned about PPE shortages were coming in January. Trump and Kayleigh McEnany describe Obama pandemic response as "paper packet." McConnell admits he lied about Obama plan for pandemic. Trump says we have the best testing, but it is overrated, complains he doesn't get enough credit. Trump says we'd have fewer cases if we did less testing. Trump denies talking to anyone at DOJ regarding Richard Burr stepping down from Senate Intel chair. Biden says he wouldn't vote for himself if he believed Tara Reade. Indiana Senator Mike Braun objects to demands to release CDC guidelines to reopen country, blames COVID outbreak on bureaucratic stodginess. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Michael Brooks hosts Tim Shorrock of the Nation to discuss how South Korea successfully combatted the coronavirus, kept its economy functioning, and kept its people safe.

On today's show: Trump says Obamagate was the "greatest political crime in history," Obama officials would be in jail if he were a Democrat.

Tim Shorrock of the Nation joins Michael to discuss how South Korea successfully combatted the coronavirus, kept its economy functioning, and kept its people safe. How South Korea's President Moon Jae-in was elected on a platform of expanding the welfare state and normalizing relations with North Korea. The steps the President has taken to fulfill these promises in office and his resulting popularity. SK's relationship with China. The aggressive program of testing and contact-tracing that enabled South Korea to flatten the curve without draconian lockdown measures.

On the fun half: Trump moves the goalposts, now says over 100k deaths is not bad. Trump says Fauci concern over reopening schools "not an acceptable answer." Trump says mail-in voting is a Democrat ploy to stop GOP. Senate votes that the government can now look at your web browsing data without a warrant. Pramila Jayapal explains her proposals to expand HEROES stimulus. Jim Clyburn says he likes Jayapal's bill and all, but "we have to pay for all these things."

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Sam breaks down the week's top headlines with Michael Brooks, including Pelosi's next round of stimulus spending, the Senate HELP hearing, and the on-going Supreme Court cases.

On today's show: People who strongly dislike both candidates are breaking for Biden. MONDAY: Trump's "transition into greatness" rollout, "a phrase you're gonna hear a lot." Establishment Dems don't want to talk about what's in the HEROES Act: 60-80% of tax benefits go to top 10%, no public option or protection against rising ACA premiums...Sam and Michael break it down.

On the fun half: Fauci says if we don't respond in an adequate way we will have a resurgence. Tucker attacks Fauci, reminds people he was not elected, suggests he's a dictator, no better than your average epidemiologist. Mike from PA on special election to fill Katie Hill's seat: can anything be extrapolated? Rand Paul accuses Obama of coordinating against Trump and Flynn, asked about evidence, Paul says he has a strong feeling. Right wing media site claims stealth Trump voters are the president's secret weapon. Responding to Trump's "ask China" remark to Asian reporter, Don Jr. says media is race-baiting president. Mitt Romney calls out WH testing czar for misleading statements about testing data. Situationist supercut of brands saying we're all in this together. Should Michael stop defending Glenn Greenwald?

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Sam hosts historian Walter Johnson to discuss his new book The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States and how the pandemic has disproportionately impacted black Americans. Johnson describes the history of St. Louis and his theory of western anti-black racism, one of expulsion and white nationalism, rather than southern racism, which depended on slave labor. Sam and Johnson also explore how real estate development and municipal ordinances helped formalize St. Louis's institutional racism. Sam and Johnson conclude their conversation assessing covid19's disproportionate impact on black America and the Ahmaud Arbery lynching. 

And in the Fun Half: the real Obamagate, Trump's "Mission Accomplished" moment, Trump tells an Asian American reporter to direct her question to China, Stuart Varney says direct cash payments are equivalent to buying votes, today's special elections, Dave Rubin ties himself in a logic knot, the Biden voting rationale, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts economist Mark Blyth (@MkBlyth) to discuss Covid19's economic impact and what elected officials can do to help working people before the next spending bill is passed.

On today's show:

FRIDAY: Sharing news that White House staff now infected, Trump says it proves testing isn't that great.

Sam hosts economist Mark Blyth (@MkBlyth) to discuss Covid19's economic impact and what elected officials can do to help working people before the next spending bill is passed. How the stock market is different from the economy. When will the crisis impact the stock market? The downsides of a "just-in-time" economy. The myth that we are in a wartime economy. Is there anything that gives Mark hope for the future?

On the fun half: MONDAY: White House trade advisor Peter Navarro says this is not the Great Depression. Peter Navarro meltdown about Disney being open in Shanghai and not California. Kilmeade & Hegseth say we need a "military mindset" to defeat Covid-19 by going back to work. Mnuchin says White House still wants payroll tax cut in next stimulus bill, agrees with McConnell liability. Kilmeade says 2020 election is not Biden v. Trump, it's Obama v. Trump. SATURDAY: Pennsylvania House Speaker says kids can develop herd immunity, teachers need to earn their pay. Ben Shapiro says Michael Flynn did not lie to FBI, he fibbed, a fib is non-material. Fox News is ready to put Obama on trial for Michael Flynn case.

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Sam hosts Alex Pareene (@pareene) of the New Republic and Comedian Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) to discuss the week's biggest stories. Sam also hosts National Nurses United President Jean Ross to discuss the union's protest in Washington DC and the government's failure to deliver PPE to frontline workers in the fight against Covid19.

On today's show: Trump praises Barr for dropping Flynn case. AG Barr asked about Flynn case, says history is written by the winners.

Alex Pareene (@pareene) of the New Republic joins Sam to discuss the GOP's irresponsible re-opening of the economy and why even the Democrats' progressive caucus has been so bad at passing useful Covid-related legislation. The GOP is killing to kill the hostages; the Dems aren't. How state level austerity will undo any federal stimulus. The disappointment felt by even "normie" Democrats.

National Nurses United President Jean Ross joins Sam to discuss the union's protest in DC and the government's failure to deliver them the supplies they need to fight this pandemic. How the current crisis lays bare "lean production," under-staffing, and more that nurses have been protesting for decades. What listeners can do to help.

Comedian Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) joins Sam to discuss the art in his house, his mental health problems, and Dennis Miller's last appearance on Sean Hannity. Check out his debut stand-up album, "Hence the Humor."

On the fun half: Asked about his message to America's mothers for Mothers' Day, Trump says the military is great and he's got meetings at Camp David. Trump whines about "artificial" closing of economy as unemployment graphics play on screen. Dave Rubin says he wants some government run healthcare, so long as it's a bunch of private plans competing in the market place. Cops assault men for social distancing concerns in Brooklyn. Jamie on police abolition. How to make the lesser of two evils argument to people who've been hurt by Biden's policies? Plus, your phone calls.

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Michael Brooks hosts former Foreign Minister of Ecuador Guillaume Long (@GuillaumeLong) to discuss the failed coup attempt in Venezuela and the kind of lawfare being used against governments in Latin America during the age of Covid-19.

On today's show: Ahmaud Arbery murdered by racist vigilantes while jogging in Georgia; suspects have ties to local law enforcement.

Former Foreign Minister of Ecuador Guillaume Long (@GuillaumeLong) joins Michael to discuss the latest failed coup attempt in Venezuela and the kind of lawfare being used against governments in Latin America during the age of Covid-19. Silvercorp's pathetic coup attempt and the privatization of military operations. How the US government uses private contractors to distance itself from responsibility. The reasons why open military intervention in Venezuela would be unlikely. How each unsuccessful coup attempt makes Maduro stronger. How the US-controlled Organization of American States (OAS) is returning to its Cold War duties. How "lawfare" (a combination of law and warfare) is being used against former president Rafael Correa to subvert democracy in Ecuador. The influence of China in Latin America. What should be at the top of the agenda for the Latin American left?

On the fun half: Brian Mier explains SilverCorp USA's presence in Brazil during 2018 elections. Flashback: Nancy Pelosi gives standing ovation to Juan Guaido. Wednesday: Trump dismisses nurse who says her New Orleans hospital has PPE troubles. Thursday: Nurses demonstrate outside White House, 88 pairs of shoes for 88 nurse deaths during Covid-19. Kayleigh McEnany says there were supposed to be 2.2 million deaths, moving goal posts. Kayleigh McEnany on Trump's "warriors" statement: he meant Americans are "warriors" because they're staying home and observing social distancing. GOP Rep. Dr. Andy Harris says "we're safer from death if we're not born" in BS defense of no contact tracing measures. Rally for Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia: "We want justice!"

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Sam breaks down the week's biggest headlines with Michael Brooks, including Trump's plans to reopen, GOP disaster austerity and Bay of Pigs Pt. 2: Venezuela.

On today's show: Trump on why he didn't get ahead of pandemic: "I had a lot of things going on." Trump on making people go back to work: says "we have to do it," "there's no win," says he'll create the greatest economy. To follow up question about task force, growing death and infection, Trump says Americans are "warriors." Dennis Prager says Americans can quit their jobs if they feel returning is unsafe, says Covid liability lawsuits show the US is being ruined by the left.

On the fun half: "Sam Seder" leaves mean review of Michael's book. The Democrats have no policy agenda. Greg Gutfeld says reporter's "Mission Accomplished" gotcha question was a reference to Katrina, Gutfeld was not fooled. Ohio Governor Mike Dewine announces budget cuts to education and Medicaid. Should Warren be primaried? Cuomo announces partnership w/ Gates Foundation so they can ruin public education again. Brian Kilmeade says Monroe Doctrine is in play, Cuba needs to watch out. Hannity and Fox & Friends say militias should not stage armed protests at state houses, leave the Nazi flags at home. Wisconsin SCOTUS Judge Rebecca Bradley compares stay-home orders to WWII internment. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts historian Sarah Milov to discuss her latest book, The Cigarette: A Political History. Milov and Sam walk through tobacco's role in American culture and the government's role in developing the cigarette market. From WWI to FDR's New Deal and the Marshall plan, tobacco (and cigarettes) played a principal role in American politics, economic growth, and war efforts. The turning point for tobacco's relationship to the federal government was the Surgeon General's 1964, which cited the dangers of smoking, including the rise of lung cancer. Milov and Sam walk through the gradually growing protest against the tobacco lobby, including their fight against television advertising, the Fairness Doctrine, and antismoking advocacy like GASP. Sam and Milov also discuss the cultural conflict between unions, workers' rights, and smokers' rights. What killed the cigarette was a combination of non-smoker entitlement to public spaces and workplace cost-centered restrictions that ended up reducing smoking numbers and drove smoking to the margins and mostly affected the impoverished.  

And in the Fun Half: polling Democrats after Biden denies Tara Reade allegations, Sam and Brian Kilmeade agree for the first time, Kellyanne Conway says the House will waste Fauci's time, Laura Ingraham is now a pro-death epidemiologist, Matt Gaetz wants police departments to stop using Chinese drones--how about all police drones, Q-fan John Ratcliffe's DNI confirmation hearing, plus you IMs!

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