The Majority Report with Sam Seder

On today's show, Cliff Schecter explained why Rand Paul still sucks, how the right wing turned crazy, why the dinner between Obama and Republican Senators is fine if its just for the optics, explained why the Republican Party is driven by negative emotions and he and Michael reviewed President Clinton's record on Gay Rights.

Film Guy Matthew Weiss, recommended the HBO series Treme, Matt admitted he couldn't get into Treme and he and Matthew had an epic debate on the AMC series The Walking Dead.

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Professor, Bill Black explained why the right keeps pushing austerity policies, how austerity failed Europe,  how the destruction of the social safety net and sluggish economic growth go hand in hand and why the United States could never be Greece.

On The Better Half: Producers, Matt & Michael took over the helm over the Majority Report, as Sam celebrated the arrival of Baby Seder, is Rand Paul worthy of support? North Korea threatens to nuke America and your IMs.

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Nikolas Kozloff, author of Hugo Chavez: Oil, Politics and the Challenge to the U.S, explained the complex legacy of Hugo Chavez, Chavez's political history, how Chavez changed the political psychology of Venezuela, where Chavez was innovative and where he failed, how Bush helped create Chavez and the future of the Chavez model.

On The Better Half: Rand Paul filibusters John Brennan, Fox and Friends says that Obama is trying to hurt the kids, Sam explains how Krugman could have easily beat Joe Scarborough on Charlie Rose, Ron Paul's gold filled portfolio face plants, Bill O'Reilly has a meltdown, and your calls and IMs.

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Washington Monthly Editor Haley Sweetland Edwards, explained why the success of financial reform will be determined by its implementation, what "position limits" are and why they matter, how lobbyists are undermining Dodd-Frank, how the regulatory apparatus works, and what the White House and public can do to guard and implement Dodd-Frank.

On The Better Half: Jeb Bush flip flops on immigration, Sam debates a caller on gun control debate, more thoughts on Alter and Entitlement cuts and your calls and IMs.

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Blommberg View Jonathan Alter, argued that cutting entitlements will guard investment in discretionary spending, guess how Sam felt about that argument? Sam and Jonathan debated whether or not CPI was a cut and agreed that the wealthy should pay more taxes.

On The Better Half: The Romney's remerge to whine, why haven't all members of the progressive caucus committed to not cutting entitlements?Time editor acknowledges that we are all on welfare and your calls and IMS.

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Cliff Schecter, explained why Bob Woodward is a fraud, does this episode cast the rest of Woodward's reporting into question? Why Cliff Schecter thinks we are living through the "Aaron Sorkin Presidency" Why what served President Obama during campaigns does not serve him in office, why the radical Right Wing members of the Supreme Court are attacking the Voting Rights Act and Lindsay Graham schooled by a Police captain on gun control.

Richard Kind, talked about how he got his part in Argo, Richard explained what he would why he would never be a producer, why he liked Seth Macfarlane's Oscar hosting, defended the Onion's controversial tweet and recommended Witness For the Prosecution and Headhunters.

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The Nation's Ari Berman, reported from the Supreme Court on the fate of the Voting Rights Act, explained what Justice Roberts doesn't like about the Voting Rights Act, the conservative "Wall Street approach" to voter suppression, why overwhelming political support for the Voting Rights Act is being used as a means to overturn it and is it possible that this could push electoral reform in Congress?

On The Better: epic Bob Woodward fail, what the Woodward emails reveal about the White House's plans for entitlements, a gun owner shoots at a shop lifter in an attempt to "mark him" and your calls and IMs,

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David Dayen, explained how sequester cuts will impact the economy, how long it will take to feel the Sequester, the politics of the sequester, why the local media is doing a better job covering the sequester, the teachable moment the Obama Administration is missing, why a government shutdown maybe the best anti austerity strategy and how will the media cover budget cuts.

A stunning exchange between Piers Morgan and a Pizza shop owner who gives discounts to customers carrying guns and Bob Woodward is furious at Obama for not ignoring Congress.

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Law Professor Susan Crawford, author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, explained why the Internet should be treated like a electricity, why Wired access is essential for success in today's economy, why private companies have no incentive to provide universal access, the industry push back against her ideas, why market concentration is so high in the wireless market and educating the public on the need for an communications policy.

On The Better Half: two Congressional Republicans come out for marriage equality, voters overwhelmingly think Republicans are out of touch including many Republicans, Boing works to contain its flammable batteries on its Dreamliner Jets, Random Rush and DKNY steals a photographers work and that is just the beginning of their ridiculous conduct.

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Nick Trioano co-founder of The Can Kicks Back, made the deficit hysteria case, but couldn't explain why we need cuts, Sam explained why cost savings in Medicare should come from efficiency, debated Social Security cuts, debunked life expectancy statistics, Trioano sold the "Confidence Fairy" hard and Sam wanted to know what "shared sacrifice" meant.

On The Better Half: Susie Madrak from Crooks And Liars broke down the deficit myth, more myths of medicare funding, the Sam Seder learning annex returned, an epic W impression, Matt gives an update on the WWE-Glenn Beck feud, and your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter, explained how damaging the sequester would be, why America is held back by the lowest common denominator, can President Obama use the sequester as a teachable moment? Crowd boos mother of Aurora victim and John McCain is a jerk, the Chuck Hagel "Friends of Hamas" smear and Ohio Republicans go after Nuns for "voter fraud."

Huffington Post Entertainment Editor, Chris Rosen explained why he doesn't get to go to the Oscars, he and Sam debated Chris's job, he walked us through the nominations for Best Picture and gave Oscar predictions.

Italy's La Repubblica Newspaper, alleges that the Pope's resignation was triggered by the possibility of a new Priest sex scandal, debating the Obama foreign policy and your calls and IMs.

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Nick Turse, author of Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam explained the horrifying brutality inflicted on Vietnamese civilians, why the My Lai massacre was not an aberration, how "Kill Anything That Moves" was systemic a policy, the missing narrative Vietnamese civilians and how we can use Vietnam to better understand U.S. military interventions today.

On The Better Half: all the shocking ways that the Sequester will hurt the economy and society, Sam calls in an AM talk show host and calls him out on deficit fear mongering, Sam debates gun control with a caller and your caller and IMs.

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Pound of Flesh, author Helaine Olen explained her background as a personal finance writer, how the personal finance industry got started, the story of 401ks, the problem with Suzy Orman, how the financial services industry turns what are political problems into a personal problems, the genius of Occupy, the urgent need to regulate and the financial services industry.

On The Better Half: the hilarious story of how the fake Friends of Hamas story spread through the right wing media, CNN cuts off a conversation on conflict of interest to discuss Michele Obama's bangs, Sam debates the minimum wage with a Libertarian and your calls and IMs.

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"Katherine Harris", celebrated Presidents Day in Shelby County Alabama, reacted to President Obama's SOTU, explained that "white people have it hard enough" she and Sam argued about Stop and Frisk, the Jesus "entrance strategy", what's going on with Michele and Marcus Bachman and gives her take on the KeystoneXL pipeline.

Gary Cohen Director, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the Department of Health A Human Services, explained how health exchanges will work and the why the exchanges have common national platforms.

On The Better Half: Fox does an "in depth" report on Pre-School education and shockingly get almost everything wrong, Ron Paul's UN crusade pushes forward, all wage gains captured by the 1%, retirement funds are decimated and Simpson-Bowles still pushing their snake oil and your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter, explained why "moderate" Republicans voted to filibuster Chuck Hagel, why Republicans keep pushing Benghazi, how the Hagel debacle shows once again the urgent need for filibuster reform, Cliff's frustration with Harry Reid, why President Obama's new progressive rhetoric is so important, how President Obama is starting to make Republicans pay a political price for blocking progress and Marco Rubio repeats the same old Republican talking points.

Isabel Gillies and Film Guy Matthew Weiss, review their film recommendations, Isabel'sWin Win and Matthew's The Kid With A Bike, Isabel and Matthew compare Valentines Day experiences and Sam decides who gave the better movie recommendation.

On The Better Half: debating Zero Dark Thirty, how retirement benefits are taxed, Fox hosts laugh at 102-voter waiting in line to vote, Elizabeth Warren destroys banking regulators and your calls and IMs.

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr, explained why he was arrested for protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline at the White House yesterday, why the Pipeline is fraudulent, how it will destroy local economies and commons, why in cases where democracy has failed civil disobedience is necessary, how oil companies have bought Congress, why private corporate power is the greatest threat to democracy, how dirty industries run off corporate welfare, the job creation myth and why Kennedy does not think that the Pipeline will be approved.

On The Better Half: Ron Paul sues supporters through the UN, Marco Rubio offers ludicrous reason for opposing increasing the Minimum Wage, Scott Brown finds his true calling heads to Fox, Random Rush and your calls and IMs.

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The Progressive Campaign Change Committee's Adam Green, explained why he is still worried about Social Security, why progressive "sacred cows" are better than Republican sacred cows, where Obama pushed the agenda in the right direction and where he pushed it in the wrong direction, Obama's powerful moment on gun violence, President Obama's call for a higher minimum wage and Bold Progressives push against Mitch McConnell.

Crooks And Liars, founder John Amato, explained why President Obama helped the Democratic cause with this SOTU, how Chris Matthews  destroyed Rubio's response and why Republicans are deluded about Obama's talent.

On The Better Half: The gulp heard around the world, Marco Rubio reminds Sam of a infomercial pitch man, a Libertarian responds to Obama's SOTU and your calls and IMs.

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Blogger and USA Today contributor Atrios (Duncan Black), explained what a true cost of living adjustment for the elderly would look like, the evolution of pension plans, the false promise of retirement plans, new retirees facing poverty, why politicians won't run on increasing Social Security benefits, the assumption that life should be an eternal struggle, and the Republicans singular policy focus on cutting taxes for rich people.

On The Better Half: the Sam Seder Learning Annex continues with a new Libertarian caller, the revolutionary implication of the Kill List on Due Process, MSNBC's Toure makes a case for drone strikes and brings back memories of bad country music and your calls and IMs.

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Filmmaker Benny Brunner, discussed his new film The Great Book Robbery, explained how the Palestinian rare books were lost during the formation of Israel, how his film undercuts the myths surrounding the founding of the state of Israel, why we need to acknowledge that the Palestinians had a thriving culture, why recognizing the real history will help everyone and what Benny hopes his film will accomplish.

KC Boyd, author of Being Christian, explained the fundamentalist drive to control government, what is Dominionism, why the Chuck Hagel confirmation hearings reveal fundamentalist thinking, Boyd's introduction to Christian extremist code language, how fundamentalists play politics and what the Christian Zionist movement wants.

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Chris Hayes, explained why the Brennan hearings focused so heavily on institutional jockeying, the policy consensus on targeted killing, the subjective reasoning behind the targeted killing program, how and when could the "War on Terror" end? The importance of defining peace time counter terrorism and the austerity caucus have lost some of their power but economic liberalism still lags behind social liberalism.

Frank Conniff, talked about his memories of working on Mystery Science Theater 3000 and his time working with Sam at Air America, the comedy pitches he is presenting to Al Jazeera, the writing he is doing for Current and he recommended the science fiction movie Looper.

On The Better Half: Fox Business says solar works in Germany because of how sunny Germany, the Bush family email accounts have been hacked, John Brennan won't say whether or not water boarding is torture, Senator Richard Burr, takes the Brennan hearing as an opportunity to make a water boarding joke, the insights of a Fox News "Strategic Analyst" and your calls and IMS.

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Ari Berman, explained the history of voter disenfranchisement, what states are covered by the Voting Rights Act, is there a federally guaranteed right to vote?, the collapsing bipartisan support for the Voting Rights Act and the financier behind the push to overturn the Voting Rights Act and Chief Justice John Roberts long strong opposition to section five of the Voting Rights Act.

On The Better Half: Marcio Rubio plays to the base and gets absurd on climate change, Idaho lawmaker wants every kid to read Ayn Rand, New York Times reveals drone site in Saudi Arabia, more on the right-wing conspiracy mind and your calls and IMs.

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Harper's Magazine's,Scott Horton, explained what is in the Justice Departments white paper on drone policy, why the definition of imminence in the memo is crucial, what government officials have legal authority to order drone strikes according to the memo, how the memo reads as a retroactive justification of policy and Will the John Brennan nomination hearings bring out more information?

On The Better Half: we hear from a recovering Libertarian, Sam talks about the new documentary The Great Book Robbery, a libertarian caller has problems with trains and health care and wants a "fierce argument" from Sam and your calls and IMs.

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David Dayen, explained how extreme anti tax policies destroyed California's finances, how California progressives changed the shape of the electorate and what's next in California's budget battles. The Justice Department's case against S&P, why credit ratings agencies are driven by conflict of interest and good signs from Elizabeth Warren.

On The Better Half: new revelations on the Obama Administration's drone program, the precedent that BushAdministration's torture program set for targeted killings and your IMs.

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Julie Samuel's explained how patent trolls work, why podcasts are threatened by the troll business, how patent rules don't reflect technological changes and the best ways to protect businesses from trolls.

The President and CEO of Common Cause, Bob Edgar, explained ALEC's attempt to establish itself as a charity and why he is so disappointed in the Senate's filibuster reform agreement.

On The Better Half: New York politicians threaten to cut funding for Brooklyn College for holding an event on the BDS movement, lots of Harvard students cheat, Maine Governor Paul Lapage does not want kids reading newspapers and your IMs.

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Cliff Schecter explained how the NRA was taken over by extremists, the embarrassing arguments presented by pro-gun advocates to the Judiciary Committee, Ted Cruz's ludicrous questioning of Chuck Hagel, John McCain's bullying and why McCain has a grudge against Hagel.

Comedian Matt Graham, told Sam about his new show, This Too Shall Suck, why Matt tried to play college basketball in his mid thirties, how Matt became a Scrabble champion, his role in the movie movie, Word Warsand Matt recomended the Heart is a Lonely Hunter and the Triplets of Belleville.

On The Better Half: who made the NRA enemies list? the push for immigration reform, the NYPD arrest and handcuff a seven year old and your calls and IMs.

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Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, explained the chances of gun control passing through the Senate, why he opposes chained CPI, why we need more revenue to close the budget gap, why House Republicans will own the sequester and why Senator Whitehouse thinks filibuster the reforms agreed to by the Senate leadership are significant.

Insurance industry Whistle blower Wendell Potter explained how insurance companies are planning on ruining Obamacare's health care exchanges, how the insurance industries profit from selling high premium low benefit policies, what health care reform got right, why the federal government does not have the power to control rate increases, why Obamacare is the end of the beginning of reform and how industry favors get into Congressional bills.

Ari Rabin-Havt, co-host of The Agenda, explained what happened with filibuster reform, why the Senate will probably run a bit better, why progressives may be well positioned, the three groups in the House Republican Caucus and why Republicans are terrified of negotiating.

On The Better Half: top executives at bailed out firms receive government approved bonuses, more thoughts on filibuster reform, Tennessee pushes "don't say Gay bill", law school applications plummet and your calls and IMs.

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Investigative report, Will Potter explained why the FBI is monitoring non-violent activists, how corporations created the eco-terror scare, Will's own experience being harassed by FBI agents for passing out leaflets and who the major corporations behind environmental group targeting.

On The Better Half: what's really happening with today's GDP numbers, Gabby Giffords moving Senate testimony, Sam talks with an undocumented immigrant protected by President Obama's deferred action order and Fox News ratings lowest since 2001.

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David Brooks has delusional hopes for the Republican Party, Senate leaders unveil an immigration plan, as immigration reform moves forward, Rush sounds more and more depressed, Fox News, oppressed by President Obama?!, new studies destroy right wing myths about Hispanic immigration and Sarah Palin from irrelevance to oblivion.

On The Better Half: how Boeings anti-union policies grounded the Dreamliner Jet, why its so hard to unionize, the latest on the NLRB ruling, Random Rush and your calls and IMs.

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Author, Arthur Goldwag, explained the history of conspiracy culture on the right, the two fears that drive conservative conspiracy culture, the enduring importance of the Protocols Of The Elders of Zion in conspiracy culture, he global distribution of conspiracies, how mainstream Right-wing organizations use conspiracy theories and the dangerous mix of rising inequality and conspiracy culture.

On The Better Half: new Senate immigration reform proposal ultra right-wing circuit court rules Obama recess appointments to NLRB are unconstitutional, why Filibuster reform faltered in the Senate and a callerdebates gun control in New York state.

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Cliff Schecter, eviscerated the Senate Democrats for backing down on Filibuster reform,  explained the selfishness of the Senate, Rand Paul's absurd questioning of Hillary Clinton during the Benghazi hearings, why those hearings are preview of 2016 if Hillary runs, the new rhetorical stance from Democrats, and Republicans facing electoral oblivion aggressively push new policies to steal elections.

And Film guy, Matthew Weiss, recommended the movie Compliance, called out Isabel Gillies for picking a Justin Beiber movie and Sam promised that Gillies V Weiss 2 is coming up soon.

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Former New York Governor, Eliot Spitzer, explained the new Frontline documentary Thr Untouchables, why the Obama Administration failed to prosecute fraud on Wall Street, why the Justice Department did not aggressively investigate fraud across the financial industry, the resignation of Lanny Breuer  why paying fines will not solve the problem of crime on Wall Street, Obama's good choice for the new head of the SEC and the need for justice to be more creative and structural .

On The Better Half: Libertarian caller wanted to debate Reaganomics, new hilarious revelations from the Bachman campaign, will the Obama Administration get serious on emissions? And Catholic hospitalises think differently about abortion when money is on the line.

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Talking Points Memo's Senior Congressional Correspondent, Brian Beutler explained the chances of substantive filibuster reform passing the senate, the importance of a talking Filibuster, the more aggressive approach of Senate Democrats, what the Republicans cave on the debt ceiling means, what their long term strategy is, what cuts mean for domestic spending? and is the "grand bargain" project over?

On The Better Half: Is Brian Kilmeade really that stupid or is he a method actor? Pew polls show Millenials are liberal, the Sierra Club will engage in civil disobedience for the first time in its history and when the public sector out performs the private sector,

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Sam's responded to Obama's second inaugural, praised the President's strong rhetorical defense of the social safety net and his aggressive approach on Gay rights and climate change and thought the country will be better if Obama lives up to his rhetoric.

Professor,Tacy Weitz, explained the state level assault on Abortion rights, the connection between anti abortion activism and elite economic policies, what really motivates the fight against abortion rights, and grounding abortion rights in broader progressive politics.

On The Better Half: Virginia Republicans use the inauguration day to make a stunningly cynical voter disenfranchisement bill law, what the Republican retreat on the debt ceiling means, and Random Rush.

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Happy MLK Jr. Day. Today’s show is a brief compilation of clips including excerpts from "The Frank McGee Sunday Report: Martin Luther King Profile," NBC News, May 7, 1967, followed by a brief excerpt from a speech at Cleveland, Ohio, on April 28, 1967. Then extended excerpts of a MLK sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on April 30, 1967, then the CBS evening news with Walter Cronkite reporting on the assassination on  4-4-68 and finally, Nina Simone singing “Why?” recorded live three days after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Members will also hear MLK's last speech

'Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution" delivered at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., on 31 March 1968

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Cliff Schecter talked about the importance of holding Democrats accountable on guns, the right wing fixation on guns, why Democrats are exploiting social wedge issues to their advantage and why demographics and cultural progress favor the Democratic Party

Sam watched Win-Win, Isabel Gillies last recommendation but refused to tell her what he thought of it, Isabel, recommended Justin Beiber's  movie,Never Say Never, Isabel liked Les Miserables and wants us all to watch the Football Playoffs.

And on The Better Half: Glenn Beck's sleazy business model revealed by Beck himself, more thoughts on names for Sam's new baby, Republican election theft schemes, and a new Libertarian challenge.

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The NRA runs a shockingly offensive ad aimed at President Obama's daughters, what's in Obama's gun control package, the crucial role that universal background checks play in Gun Control, coming automatic budget cuts in domestic spending, will the Republicans blink in their insane push on the debt ceiling, the Republicans new strategy for stealing presidential elections and why "important" people hate Social Security so much.

On The Better Half: Aaron's Law, New York's gun control legislation, Republican Congressman compares Obama to Saddam Hussain and your calls and IMs.

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Michael Hastings, explained the disconnect between the intelligence that led to Ben Laden and torture why Zero Dark Thirty embraced the pro torture narrative,the CIA's role in the film production and Michael discussed his new book on the 2012 campaign, "Panic 2012" how Obama won his second term, why Tony Robbins offered to help the Obama campaign after the first debate and the story that Hastings reported that almost got him thrown off the campaign plane.

On The Better Half: Republicans developing anti rape comment pr strategy, but their actual views on rape are horrifying, Scientology doing amazingly well according to paid editorial in the Atlantic, and the Blaze runs a story that is false according to the Blaze, prosecutors were warned that Aaron Swartz was a suicide risk, and IMs.

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Sam remembered and honored the legacy of Aaron Swartz.

Matt Taibbi explained why liberal and conservative lawmakers killed the first TARP bill, the bait and switch that eventually got TARP through Congress, how TARP coddled the banks, why government accepted bonuses and fraudulent accounting, why the to big to fail banks stock prices are still high, why "systemically important" institutions are immune from criminal prosecution and what will the next bubble be?

On The Better Half: We hear from a recovering Libertarian, President Obama plays strong and smart on the debt ceiling, CNBC publishes a stunningly stupid article on income inequality, Pat Robertson morning jock marriage advice and bankers blow up the economy and walk free while Aaron Swartz is targeted.

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1/11/13

Cliff Schecter explained when the right went nuts, the modern infrastructure of the Republican movement, how guns became a social issue, what the White House is considering on Gun Control, how the NRA suppressed evidence on the benefits of Gun Control, and how the right-wing con game works.

Huffington Post's Entertainment Editor, Chris Rosen returned to the show after a long absence, things got a little awkward, Chris gives his Golden Globe predictions  and recommended the movie Bernie streaming on Netflix.

And Georgie Congressman Phil Gingrey, half endorses Tod Akin's rape theory, Sam plays a classic bit from the Break Room Live days and your calls and IMs

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AlterNet's, Kristen Gwynne, explained the rape of a sixteen girl by members of the Steubenville High School of Football Team, the disgusting details of the rape, did some of the evenings assaults take place in the local prosecutors home? The connection between the Police Department and Steubenville's Football team, Anonymous's role in uncovering new details in the case and the activism that has grown out of the case.

On The Better Half: Joe Scarborough has a bullying meltdown after being called a chauvinist, Libertarian caller does not like car safety features, the Family Research Council's Tony Perkin's hates the "wacky" yoga and mediation classes being offered to the military service members and your calls and IM's.

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The Guardian's, Glenn Greenwald explained John Brennan's role in the Bush Administration's torture program, how Brennan worked his way into Obama's inner circle, Brennan's history of dishonesty public on national security issues, his role as the architect of the Obama Administration's drone program and why Brennan's nomination in 2013 should be even more controversial than his possible nomination in 2008.

On The Better Half: An epic Libertarian caller! More on light bulbs and Libertarian craziness and your IMs.

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Producer Matt Binder, calls in from the podcast awards with great news, Republicans demand draconian cuts in exchanging for raising the debt ceiling, but won't say what they want cut, why the platinum coin option could be the smart move on the debt ceiling, and a top IMF economist apologises for underestimating the danger of austerity,

On The Better Half: Alex Jones loses it on Piers Morgan's show and now thinks the Illuminati is after him, Dick Armey's amazingly entertaining break up with FreedomWorks and the conservative art of the con, eight college activists occupy the TransCanada offices in Massachusetts in an action against the Keystone pipeline and Random Rush!

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Mother Jone's Kevin Drum explained why crime really goes down, what Lead does to the brain, why faddish crime theories don't explain the drop in crime, ways to measure the connection between Lead and crime,  why comparing crime to an epidemic doesn't make sense, and why we need to aggressively clean up Lead across America.

On The Better Half: Obama has a good pick for Secretary Defense and an awful pick for Director of the CIA, why we don't care about torture, more thoughts on Lead, a corporation is my co-pilot, Sam reminisces about his time at Air America and your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter, talked about Republican hypocrisy on Hurricane Sandy relief, the core lack of compassion and empathy in the Republican Party, Jonathan Alter's obnoxious new piece, phony figures on life expectancy, who really threatened the passage of Health care Reform and what leverage progressives still have over President Obama.

David Cross joined Sam, to talk about his recent marriage, what the new episodes of Arrested Development will be like and recommended the David O Russell, movie, Silver Linings Play Book, which isn't available on Netflix yet.

And more on today's Freebie Friday!

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Author, Guy Lawson explained how Mexican Drug Cartels operate in Mexico in the United States, how cartels operate like multinational corporations, how drug prohibition promotes violence, what the HSBC drug money laundering tells us, why its important to pick the right kind of ponzi scheme to operate and the latest news on the "stoner" arms dealers.

And on The Better half: Al Jazeera buys Current, Time Warner drops Current, Sam predicts Republicans won't pay any price for the fiscal deal, Chris Christie talks tough but Sam takes him to task for his ultra right politics, Peter King embarrasses himself yet again and your calls and IMs.

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The Huffington Post's, Ryan Grim, explained what was in the fiscal cliff deal, he and Sam wondered if the Democrats really did cave? Will Obama hold firm on the debt ceiling? why Ar Fleicher may not be able to give as much to charity this year and what if anything the bill got right.

On The Better Half: The FBI uncovers Plans to assassinate Occupy leaders? a Republican politician is very angry about all the focus on kwanzaa , Facebook founders Mark Zuckerberg's sister does not want her digital privacy violated and a Libertarian takes up the challenge.

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On the final Best of 2012, an interview with political scientist Corey Robin on his book, The Reactionary Mind, Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin, How great social movements provoke reaction from the RightAnd economist Richard Wolff, discussed when capitalism fails and what Roosevelt did during the Great Depression.

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