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 Dec 25, 2018

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2218 - Evo Morales' Ouster in Bolivia w/ Mark Weisbrot & Nomiki Konst
01:16:00

Mark Weisbrot (@MarkWeisbrot), co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, joins Sam to discuss the military government takeover in Bolivia and Weisbrot's latest in the Nation, "The Trump Administration Is Undercutting Democracy in Bolivia."  Plus, Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst)

On today's show: Biden reminds voters he will get GOP support for legislation.

Mark Weisbrot (@MarkWeisbrot), co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, joins Sam to discuss the military government takeover in Bolivia and Weisbrot's latest in the Nation, "The Trump Administration Is Undercutting Democracy in Bolivia."  Progressive reforms instituted by Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president. How Morales reduced poverty and grew Bolivia's economy. The legal dispute over term limits that is being passed off as "vote tampering." Why the bourgeois media won't call it a coup. The United States' long history of intervening in other countries' elections to protect its interests.

On the fun half: Uber CEO says MBS killing Jamal Khashoggi was "a mistake." Candace Owens says she doesn't remember issues of race while growing up. Chesa Boudin on his plan for SF DA office. Mayo Pete up in new Iowa poll. CA transit cops handcuff, detain man for eating sandwich on platform. Tucker Carlson guest says refugees are causing climate change, Tucker says migrants despoil USA. Scott Walker fires first shots in the war on Christmas on behalf of Christmas.

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Nov 12, 2019
2217 - The Finance Curse w/ Nicholas Shaxson
01:02:07

Journalist and author Nicholas Shaxson (@nickshaxson) joins us to discuss his new book, The Finance Curse: How Global Finance Is Making Us All Poorer.

On today's show: Jamie Dimon says he can't solve problems of wealth inequality with his compensation.

Nicholas Shaxson (@nickshaxson) joins us to discuss his new book, The Finance Curse: How Global Finance Is Making Us All Poorer. How the world's major powers (minus the Soviet Union) established a postwar Keynesian economic consensus and imposed restrictions on finance at the Bretton Woods conference in 1944. The subsequent boom in economic growth. The rise of the private equity model and the use of tax havens by corporate interests. How the economy became increasingly financialized and what people can do to fight back.

On the fun half: Bret Stephens and Anthony Scaramucci on why Bloomberg 2020 makes sense. Pramila Jayapal explains why "choice" in private healthcare is a fallacy. Joe Biden is going to stick it to "Boldesero." Lula speaks on Bolsonaro. John Bercow: "I do not believe Jeremy Corbyn is anti-Semitic." Alabama student fakes being Trump supporter to say Epstein didn't kill himself. Don Jr., Charlie Kirk, & Kimberly Guilfoyle chanted down at book tour event. Trump on why he wanted DoJ to investigate Bidens/corruption in Ukraine. A call from the Little Rock teachers' strike. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Nov 11, 2019
2216 - Impeachment's 2020 Shockwaves & What's Bloomberg Doing? w/ Alex Pareene & Film Guy Matthew Weiss
01:37:35

Alex Pareene (@pareene) and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) join us.

On today's show: Meet the Press just making stuff up about Bloomberg and his potential campaign. Impeachment update: what are the political effects of this timeline? Pete Hegseth freshman dorm bong philosophy: "Trump is the whistleblower." Trump's defense against whistleblower accusations: completely inconsistent, really bad. Just what does Mike Bloomberg think he's doing?

Film Guy Matthew (@langdonboom) joins us to talk about what he's been up to and recommend a film: "Heaven Knows What," the 2014 film by the Safdie brothers based on the true story of a homeless drug user in NYC.

On the fun half: Steven Menashi squirms on LGBTQ record during Senate confirmation hearing. Morning Joe says Medicare For All is the worst political idea he's ever heard. The "my father" heavyweight title showdown: Don Jr. vs Meghan McCain. Ben Shapiro says left is too quick to say all of American history is brutal, compares slavery to family squabble.

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Nov 08, 2019
2215 - Understanding Kashmir w/ Mohamad Junaid
01:04:46

Good morning, joining Michael Brooks on today's Majority Report is Professor Mohamad Junaid to discuss the on-going situation in Kashmir. Brooks and Junaid begin their conversation with an overview of Kashmiri history, including its constitutional autonomy and the recent decisions by Modi's government to revoke the region's relative independence. Junaid explains that the Modi regime wants demographic transformation in Kashmir, moving Hindu Indians into the territory as a means to make way for industrialists to exploit natural resources and development opportunities in the region. Brooks and Junaid describe the Kashmiri history behind self-determination, and why the historiography of "India v. Pakistan" is not only misleading but erases the Kashmiri people and feeds into Indian and Pakistani nationalism. Broadening the conversation, Junaid explains the extent to which China has been a player in the Kashmir conflict over the past half-century. China has not been a stabilizing diplomatic force in the region despite its vast economic and trade interests in South Asia. Considering the nuclear threat and potential for "hot war" in Kashmir, how should the global community respond? Junaid argues that the rise of right-wing populism does not help the situation in Kashmir. He posits that our democratic institutions need to be more representative of our societies as a whole. A holistic approach centered on economic rights and human rights is the best antidote to the rash of right-wing populism taking hold of governments across the globe.

And in the Fun Half: Ronald Raygun on Bernie Sanders' immigration plan, Bernie's workers Bill of Rights, Glenn Greenwald is assaulted by a Bolsonaro press apparatchik,  Dan Crenshaw values Israeli alliance over the 1st Amendment, Trump tells his supporters "we are the elite," Hillary and Chelsea are yucking it up with Trevor Noah about Jeffrey Epstein, Jesse Watters' mom is ashamed of her son, Laura Ingraham playing her old "demographic changes" white supremacy, Julian Castro roasts Mayo Pete on the Daily Show, plus your calls and IMs!

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Nov 07, 2019
2214 - The Blue Wave Crashes Once More In Swing States & Red States
01:04:30

On today's show: Trump rally for Bevin on Monday: On prospect of Bevin losing: "You can't let that happen!" Andy Beshear declares victory in Kentucky. Matt Bevin in August: "If you support Andy Beshear you support Bernie Sanders' communism." PA swing districts swing to the Democrats. Dems flip seats in VA house of delegates, state senate. Bernie gains on Warren and Biden in latest Monmouth poll. Amazon spends $1.5 million to kill Kshama Sawant's campaign. Sondland revises his testimony to say there was a quid pro quo.

On the fun half: Mike from PA calls in to break down the issues at play in the PA elections and around the country, including: The preponderance of evidence that Berniecrats can win, the four types of voters, and why "turnout" campaigns make more sense for the Democrats than "persuasion" ones. Check out Mike's Twitch channel at twitch.tv/central_committee!

"Independent voters" in PA swing districts do CNN focus group on impeachment, Trump, divisiveness. Ainsley Earhardt can't believe Warren is polling so well with progressive policies. Gorka kicked off YouTube for continuing to play Imagine Dragons during show break. Audience member asks TPUSA how gay sex helps win the culture war. Plus, your calls!

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Nov 06, 2019
2213 - Homewreckers: How Wall Street Kingpins Suckered Millions out of the American Dream w/Aaron Glantz
58:51

Author Aaron Glantz (@Aaron_Glantz) joins us to discuss his new book, 'Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream.'

On today's show: Leon Cooperman is upset that Warren is going after billionaires.

Author Aaron Glantz (@Aaron_Glantz) joins us to discuss his new book, 'Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream.' The 2008 financial crisis saw countless Americans lose their homes while the banks that caused it suffered zero repercussions. Glantz outlines how crooks like Steve Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross caused the crash by preying upon the average American via poorly regulated financial products, and how the government then let them shift 100% of the blowback onto regular people. The alternate model set forth by FDR in which homes were saved. The story of Sandra Jolley, a consumer advocate who secured an $89 million whistleblower settlement on a reverse-mortgage foreclosure scheme by Mnuchin's bank.

On the fun half: John from San Antonio discusses activating non-voters, Matt Lieberman's GA Senate run. James O'Keefe leaks Amy Robach audio of ABC quashing Jeffrey Epstein investigation. Rally for Matt Bevin re-election in KY: Trump brags about Lou Dobbs calling him best president ever. Lou Dobbs calls Trump "president of 'we.'" Ilhan Omar: "Here in Minnesota we don't just welcome refugees, we send them to Congress." Ilhan says she endorses Sanders and his vision to end Western imperialism. Do former Trump voters deserve forgiveness (and universal programs)? CNBC report: Is the US still a "safe" country for refugees to apply for asylum in Canada from? Fox News guest, dog handler, ends interview with PSA about Jeffrey Epstein.

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Nov 05, 2019
2212 - The Enigma of Clarence Thomas w/ Corey Robin
01:35:15

Author Corey Robin (@CoreyRobin) joins us to discuss his new book, The Enigma of Clarence Thomas.

On today's show: Kevin McCarthy indignant about impeachment, Steny Hoyer says GOP is just getting mad now.

Corey Robin (@CoreyRobin), professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, joins us to discuss his new book, The Enigma of Clarence Thomas. While Clarence Thomas is currently the longest serving justice on the SCOTUS, he is not widely studied or understood. In this book, Robin explores the experiences that shaped his views and decisions, tying together strands including black nationalism, Afro-pessimism, patriarchy, and a belief in unfettered capitalism and state authority. At base, Robin argues, Thomas' belief in racism as an individualized, transhistorical, and impossible-to-vanquish force is similar to what liberals believe, yet also a primary driver of his conservative ideology.

On the fun half: How will impeachment affect 2020 turnout? Ben Shapiro on Sept 24: "No quid pro quo, no impeachment...no moving goal posts." Shapiro moving the goal post Nov 1: "There was a quid pro quo...the question is whether it was corrupt." Bernie says he wants to pay for m4a in a progressive way, but doesn't want to explain that now. Bernie explains costs difference for private insurance vs. m4a health coverage. Yang on m4a: "I'm adopting the label but not the bill." Buttigieg says Democrats need "humility" in new healthcare policies. Pelosi aide Wendell Primus' anti-m4a talking points. Pelosi does not support m4a in 2020 election. Graph: US life expectancy vs. that of other developed nations. Pelosi pledges commitment to pay-go and infrastructure week. MTA turnstile protest. Follow the organizers and get involved at decolonizethisplace.org!

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Nov 04, 2019
2211 - Capitalists Kill Deadspin & Warren's M4A w/ Digby & David Roth
01:56:41

Digby a.k.a. Heather Parton (@digby56) of Salon.com and David Roth, former Deadspin editor, join us.

On today's show: Joe Rogan has had it with "classical liberals."

Digby (@digby56) a.k.a. Heather Parton, of Salon.com and Hullabaloo, joins us to discuss the latest impeachment news. Also: Elizabeth Warren's Medicare-for-all plan.

David J. Roth (@david_j_roth), former editor of the recently gutted Deadspin, joins us to discuss the sad fate of his website and the media business in general. The untimely execution of Gawker and subsequent desecration of its corpse by Univision. The false idea that journalists don't know how to run their own business. The pugnacious, erratic CEO Jim Spanfeller and how he terrorized (and ultimately ruined) Deadspin. The inherent grift of the big tech business model.

On the fun half: Chilean protester disables surveillance camera, is caught by crowd. Elderly couple applauds protesters in Chile. Katie Hill's final address at the House of Representatives. Alaska Rep. Don Young head butts constituent asking questions. Your Kickstarter Sucks and Chris James on the power of the Majority Report fanbase. Ken Klippenstein's reporting on internal FBI memos re: "black identity extremists" entered into the Congressional record. Ayanna Pressley asks Cuccinelli about WH decision to end medical deferred action for deportees. Plus, your IMs!

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Nov 01, 2019
2210 - Halloween Scary News Special w/ ???
01:17:49

On today's program, we planned to discuss, The Fallacy of Dynamic Scoring in Social Security and why we should use the first scenario in the Social Security trustee report, with Dr. Leonard Fleishman. Unfortunately, Brendan chewed through critical ethernet cables. The interview was lost, the show halted, and the MR team pivoted to its backup programming, Stoughton, Massachusetts' own Ken, Ken & Ken show. 

On the Ken, Ken, & Ken show, Ryan Grim joins the Deuce to discuss the vicious Squad and why ISIS and ICE are the same--unbelievable. The boys then explain the cruelty of the ABA in the face of Lawrence VanDyke's confirmation hearing to be a federal judge. Plus, the latest hot single from Lil Trump, "Impeach Deez Nutz." The gang also gets to your calls and IMs about all the lib losers who run our culture and the deep state. 

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Oct 31, 2019
2209 - Dave Rubin Blames 'Wokeness' For CA Fires & Chicago Teachers Revolt
01:03:53

The MR crew breaks down the news.

On today's show: Tucker Carlson and Dave Rubin blame diversity and "woke" culture for California fires. Vindman testifies the Ukraine phone call transcripts have omissions he tried to correct. Police arrest Chicago teachers engaged in civil disobedience. Sex trafficking victim sues hotel chain for profiting off of sex trafficking. Rex Tillerson to appear in court for Exxon climate change case.

On the fun half: Meghan McCain dares Cory Booker to try to take her brother's gun away. Bill Hammer'd can't figure out this new NCAA student athlete pay resolution. A report from the Chicago teachers' strike. Biden gets laughs saying his hypothetical daughter pulled over by cops would be Caucasian. South Bend black community calling for release of South Bend police tapes. Kimmel mashes up Obama & Trump Bin Laden & al-Baghdadi speech. Has Trump cleared the way for the next president to reset foreign policy? A caller reports on the impending teachers' strike in Little Rock, AR.

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Oct 30, 2019
2208 - Make America Radical Again w/ Harvey J. Kaye
01:18:02

Harvey J Kaye (@harveyjkaye), Professor of Democracy at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and author of Take Hold of Our History: Make America Radical Again, joins us.

On today's show: John Yoo and Laura Ingraham insinuate Vindman is a double agent.

Harvey J Kaye (@harveyjkaye), Professor of Democracy at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, joins us to discuss his book, Take Hold of Our History: Make America Radical Again. Max Lerner and the tradition of the "Marxist Democrat." The similarities our current crisis bears to that of the 1930s. FDR as political vehicle for worker self-activity. How Bernie Sanders has updated FDR's economic bill of rights. Thomas Paine's radical impulse. Bernie says "damn right" establishment Dems will support his agenda once he's in.

On the fun half: Fox says millennials support socialism because they have a "poverty mindset." Iraqi president dismayed by Trump's statements on Kurds' status. Kevin McCarthy says that even though Dems are starting a formal inquiry, it's still a sham. Kilmeade also insinuates Vindman's loyalty should be questioned. Former Congressman Sean Duffy questions Vindman's loyalty to America. TP USA debuts Instagram pop culture show, "POPLITICS." Jesse Lee Peterson says he'd moderate a debate between Sam and Steven Crowder. CBP changing communications policy, acting commissioner says "every state is a border state." Jeremy Corbyn lays out Boris Johnson's long list of lies. Plus, your calls!

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Oct 29, 2019
2207 - Goliath: The Hundred Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy w/ Matthew Stoller
01:38:40

On today's show, Matt Stoller, author of Goliath: The Hundred Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy, joins Sam to discuss the history and future of antitrust and monopoly in America. Stoller says the inspiration for his book started with his work as a congressional staff member during the 2008 financial crisis and the Democrats' failure to hold the big banks accountable for their actions. Sam and Matt begin their conversation with the 1912 presidential election and the different regulatory responses from Teddy Roosevelt, Eugene Debs, Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson to the Robber Barron capital consolidation of the past decade. Moving forward to the 1930s, Stoller argues that capital powers (Mellon, Rockefeller, and JP Morgan) controlled much of federal policy. The New Deal was the experiment that showed democracy could work--breaking up financial autocrats, utility monopolies, and more. To quote Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, "We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." Sam and Matt then explore the story of Wright Patman, a populist democratic congressman from Texas, whose life work was to hold powerful banks and corporations to account through rigorous regulations from his seat as Chairman of the Banking Committee. Patman was forced out by the younger generation of Democrats in the 1970s, which Stoller refers to as the "Baby Watergate" generation of elected officials who championed racial justice at the expense of holding capital accountable. Stoller argues that the anti-monopoly and regulatory measures pushed by Patman and their material implications are critical to racial justice, and something that is missing from our discourse on race in contemporary America. Sam and Matt conclude their discussion with how conservative intellectuals reframed American history to minimize the victories of workers' rights, antitrust, and regulation efforts of the New Deal. And finally, Stoller explains how people can begin to understand themselves as members of a free and fair democracy and how to fight the manipulative efforts of financier and oligarchic class. 

And in the Fun Half: Donny Deutsch thinks M4A will sink Democrats in a general election, the new IMF chief applauds Trump's tax cuts, Dr. Drew says housing is not a solution to homelessness, Washington Nationals fans cheer "lock him up!" to Donald Trump, Joe Scarborough's textbook false equivalency on the "lock him up" chant, Chris Coons is sad Trump was booed at the baseball game because he's a traditionalist, Joe Biden actually asked Obama not to endorse him, and how SuperPACs are just a fact of life for Biden, plus your calls and IMs!

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Oct 28, 2019
2206 - Kashmir & The Bernie/Warren Divide On Foreign Policy w/ Daniel Bessner & Nomiki Konst
01:34:37

Happy Friday! While Sam travels back from Las Vegas, the venerated Michael Brooks brings you this week's Casual Friday featuring Daniel Bessner from the University of Washington and activist/organizer Nomiki Konst.

On today's show: Bernie explains Medicare-for-all on Kimmel.

Daniel Bessner (@DBessner), Anne H. H. and Kenneth B. Pyle Assistant Professor in American Foreign Policy in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, joins Michael to discuss the situation in Kashmir. Also: the crucial differences between Warren and Sanders when it comes to foreign policy. Read his latest piece for Jacobin, "On Foreign Policy, Bernie Stands Alone." And check out his book, Democracy in Exile: Hans Speier and the Rise of the Defense Intellectual (The United States in the World).

Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) joins us to break down the news. AOC: endorsement of Bernie is a function of needing leadership that works for working people. Ilhan Omar on why she endorsed Bernie. Nomiki discusses her new project MatriarchOrg, which will work to get progressive, working class women elected to Congress. Learn more and donate at www.matriarchpac.com!

On the fun half: Dave Rubin on the Joker movie. Jordan Peterson and his daughter (maybe) wrote a book on the benefits of an all-meat diet. Yang says he's most like Joe Biden, says he's open to being his running mate. Is the left going too hard on Facebook? A call from the picket lines of the paraeducators' strike in WA (follow and support them @Sumner_EA). Oakland librarian dragged by cops. Cops meet Oakland teachers and activists with violence and aggression. Why Mayo Pete is a huge liability for the Democratic Party. Tulsi echoes GOP talking points on impeachment inquiry during Hannity interview. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Oct 25, 2019
2205 - Live from Las Vegas: Sam at the Mass Torts Conference Day 2
01:10:48

Sam is back for day two at the Mass Torts Conference in Las Vegas. Chris Tisi first joins Sam to discuss the progress on the Talcum powder lawsuit and when Johnson & Johnson knew its product caused cancer in women. While the litigation moves through the courts, Tisi hopes the FDA will follow the lead of Canadian Drug regulators and label Talcum as a "not fit for human consumption." Attorney Matt Schultz joins Sam next to discuss potential litigation against Juul, the vaping giant owned by Altria. Schultz explains how the rise of vaping products, and particularly Juul, took a virtually nicotine-free generation and turned it into the most nicotine-addicted age since scientists started measuring it. Finally, attorney Wes Bowden joins Sam to discuss PFAS forever chemicals used across US military and naval bases. These forever chemicals do not disintegrate naturally in our bodies or environment and cause cancer even in the most trace amounts. Bowden says that there are approximately 6 million Americans currently receiving bottled water from the government because of high traces of PFAS found in their drinking water.

And in the Fun Half: Matt Gaetz says storming the SCIF was like '300,' the roast of Zuckerberg hosted by the women of the Democratic party, Ronald Ray Gun is learning a lot from Tim Pool, Jeff from Georgia is now the Boba Fett of the Majority Report, Sam brings on a new friend from Vegas who's against Medicare for All, plus your calls and IMs!

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Oct 24, 2019
2204 - Live from Las Vegas: Sam at the Mass Torts Conference Day 1
01:36:32

Sam makes his triumphant return to Las Vegas for the Mass Torts Conference!

Jeff Gaddy from Levin Papantonio is Sam's first guest of the day to discuss the on-going multi-jurisdiction litigation going on against the opioid producers and distributors across America. Gaddy and Sam explore the extensive lawsuits against drug-makers and distributors and make sense of the various settlements decided in the past several months. Gaddy gives a play-by-play of how Judge Dan Polster separated the enormous case into more manageable cases, which helped bring about the first settlements in the opioid litigation. Gaddy and Sam conclude their conversation considering how drug companies declaring bankruptcy might affect these settlements and what that means for consumers.

Carissa Phelps, an author, attorney, and advocate for exploited youth, joins Sam to discuss litigation against hotel corporations and their liability role in child trafficking. Phelps explains the role of police calls, reports, and even Trip Advisor reviews, which all point to recurring instances of child abuse at hotels across the country. Phelps goes on to share her own experience being sexually abused and trafficked as a young girl; and why it motivated her to dedicate her life to abolishing child sex trafficking. Sam and Carissa also get into the thornier issues surrounding sex work decriminalization and FOSTA-SESTA. The two conclude their conversation considering the Jeffrey Epstein case and how it will measure society moving forward.

And in the Fun Half: Judge Rehnquist's special robe, considering the Senate vote on impeachment, the Sanders ground operation in Iowa, recounting the Tim Pool debate, Ilhan Omar demands our attention to Modi's agenda of ethnic cleansing, Shaq defends Daryl Morey's stance on Hong Kong protests and free speech, Kirstjen Nielsen's rehabilitation tour takes a spin through the Fortune Most Powerful Women's Forum, team Bernie cuts a good ad, debunking Larry Summers claim that a Wealth Tax is political suicide, Zuckerberg says there's no fact-checking on Facebook, plus your IMs!

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Oct 23, 2019
2203 - Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business w/ Pamela Newkirk
51:00

Good morning! Today Michael Brooks will host the Fun Half after Sam's interview with journalist Pamela Newkirk about her new book, Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business

On today's show: Trump says Obama did his Netflix while in office and that emoluments is "phony."

Pamela Newkirk (@PTnewkirk), joins Sam to discuss her new book,Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar BusinessIn their discussion, Sam and Pamela explore the business behind diversity in corporate America and why those resources have not created the arrayed workforce industry leaders claim to desire.

On the fun half: Fox and Friends economist Peter Morici says $50 million isn't that much. Ryan Grim explains the Bernie Sanders media blackout. Bernie and AOC interview with CBS on how her endorsement of him worked out. Montage of people agreeing with Bernie Sanders. Ben Carson leads the cabinet meeting in a Trump-focused prayer. Modi poses with Kissinger, Rice, & co for cursed photo. Lebanese journalist explains the protests in Beirut. Trump calls the impeachment inquiry "a lynching." Karen Bass says Trump's lynching comment is expected & racist. Lindsey Graham says Trump is right to call inquiry a lynching. A caller on the garbage politics of Lin Manuel Miranda. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Oct 22, 2019
2202 - Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Punish the Poor w/ Virginia Eubanks
59:30

Sam is en route to Las Vegas for the biannual Tort Law Conference. Michael Brooks hosts today's Fun Half after an interview Sam recorded with Professor Virginia Eubanks on her book, Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor. Join us as Sam and Eubanks discuss the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive models on the working poor in America.

On today's show: Jagmeet Singh final campaign video: "I Choose You."

Virginia Eubanks (@PopTechWorks) joins Sam to discuss her new book, Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor. Once upon a time, people without money were sent to "poor houses" where they were essentially incarcerated in exchange for basic services. Now this practice has returned in a high-tech way with the advent of sophisticated digital surveillance methods used to contain, investigate, discipline and punish the poor. Eubanks tracks this disturbing phenomenon through interviews with numerous experts and public benefit recipients.

On the fun half: AOC on how Congress members are pressured to abandon working class people. AOC on the "mass mobilization of working people" to win. Nina Turner on Bernie backing workers and his consistency. Sanders closing remarks, asks if people are willing to fight for the other who is not like them. Reporters share anecdotal stories/impact of AOC endorsing Sanders. Sam v. Tim Pool on utilitarianism and border detention centers. Mulvaney says Trump wanted Doral because he's still in the hospitality business. Mike Pompeo's non-answer on Mulvaney calling Ukraine deal quid pro quo. Protests in Santiago Chile. Updates on popular uprisings in Lebanon, Iran and Iraq. Rahm Emmanuel defends Warren's wealth tax. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Oct 21, 2019
2201 - Quid Pro Turkey, & The Chicago Teachers Strike w/ Nomiki Konst & Eric Blanc
01:27:55

Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) and Eric Blanc (@_ericblanc) join us.

On today's show: Eric Blanc (@_ericblanc), author of 'Red State Revolt: The Teachers' Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics,' joins us to discuss the Chicago teachers strike. The participation of other school workers in the strike. The involvement of the wider community and the kind of "social unionism" on display. The strike's offensive character, whereby it seeks to roll back past cuts. The strike's racial justice elements. The DSA's efforts to materially support strikers. How this strike could impact other teachers around the country.

Mick Mulvaney says Trump Doral is the perfect location for the G7 summit. Mulvaney lays out the quid pro quo with Ukraine. How should the Democrats approach impeachment?

On the fun half: Mulvaney says climate change will not be on the G7 agenda at Trump Doral. Is Buttigieg going to pick up Biden's supporters and become a threat? Buttigieg on the right wing frame of ACA / m4a on the Ezra Klein show in April shows his massive pivot. Hogan Gidley spins the accusations from grieving parents 'ambushed' by Trump, who had their kid's killer waiting at White House. Chesa Boudin for San Francisco DA campaign video. Fox's the Five hates tipping baristas. Zuckerberg says tech power is people power. Eric Trump has similar energy. Why Yang's predictions on automation are garbage. Cancel culture hits Iowa. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Oct 18, 2019
2200 - Is This the Future Liberals Want? w/ Matt Karp
01:04:16

Good morning, on today's Majority Report Michael Brooks hosts Matt Karp, professor of History at Princeton University, for his latest piece in the Jacobin, "Is This the Future Liberals Want?" Join as Karp and Brooks discuss the prospects of Trump in 2020 and the potential pitfalls of "progressive technocracy" defining the future of the Democratic party. Brooks and Karp begin their conversation exploring the broader course of the Democratic party's New Deal coalition politics transition away from working people. In losing this class configuration, Karp believes voters have put the individual politician above the policy platform, leaving the foundation of any movement unstable at best. Additionally, the restructuring of the global economy and left political parties moving away from class alignment have accelerated the political realignment underway across western democracies. Shifting gears, Brooks and Karp take on the political media discourse surrounding the "professional-managerial class" identity that the Democratic Party now upholds. Karp argues that this breed of Democrats does not have the fight that a material class-based party would in struggling for things like Medicare for All and Card Check. It's impossible to ignore the rate at which inequality is growing, which is why the professional class Democrats see Warren as a crucial candidate. But still, Karp and Brooks believe, given the track record of recent Democratic presidents, only a working class-driven candidate from the grassroots arm of the party can push through progressive legislation that produces material benefits for workers. The two conclude their conversation considering the challenges that a Bernie Sanders administration would face and how his grassroots movement would confront and mobilize against the capitalist class. 

And in the Fun Half: Bernie's debate performance and the Squad endorsement, recalling Bernie's defense of Ilhan Omar amidst anti-semitism attacks, remembering Elijah Cummings, assessing the Democratic primary field, the Serfs call in and share their charity drive stream, Kamala Harris can't stop talking about Twitter mods, updates on the Chicago Teachers' Strike, Warren's stance on Israel/Palestine, libertarians who like Bernie, Bullprog's story from the Minneapolis  Trump rally, Warren supporter tells Fox News the billionaires class bitches too much about taxes, plus your calls and IMs!

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Oct 17, 2019
2199 - Warren Weathers Criticism, Biden Mansplains & Bernie Stays On Message In Primary Debate #4
01:11:50

The team brings you the news and a debate recap.

On today's show: Trump says the the Pence/Pompeo delegation is going to Turkey. Erdogan says he will talk to Americans when Trump talks to him. Tom Steyer spent $48 million on failed campaign that could have been used to improve US politics. Bernie calls out Biden on bad policy he's gotten done. Bernie calls out centrist Dems for not fighting the insurance and pharma industries. Warren explains the CFPB, Biden tells her "good job!" Bernie Sanders asked about taxing billionaires, pivots to wealth inequality. Labor is being taxed at a higher rate than capital as of 2018. AOC to endorse Bernie!

On the fun half: Buttigieg claims Warren is being evasive on healthcare. Buttigieg pivots away from his February answer on m4a. Former CMS administrator on why public options don't work for patients. Kamala Harris conflates anti-trust tech regulation & banning Trump from Twitter. Ilhan Omar's Bernie endorsement video. John King says Bernie's endorsements are too "urban" and "internet." Trump will never call Columbus Day "Indigenous Peoples Day." Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Oct 16, 2019
2198 - Forecasting the 2020 Election w/ Rachel Bitecofer
01:37:22

Rachel Bitecofer (@RachelBitecofer), of the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy, joins us to discuss polls and 2020.

On today's show: Mike Pompeo won't answer if he met with Giuliani in Warsaw, Ukraine quid pro quo.

Rachel Bitecofer (@RachelBitecofer), of the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy, joins us to discuss polls and 2020. The effect of polarization on the electorate and how independents actually behave. Trump's win numbers and the effects of protest ballots. How Clinton lost by running a "persuasion" campaign when she should have run a turnout one. The potential impact of impeachment. How a Democrat could lose in 2020.

On the fun half: Politicon publicly invites #ColdFeetCrowder to debate Sam. Trump says socialism in government in replacing American religion. Bill Barr says secularists hold all levers of culture, capital, except government. Liz Cheney says Erdogan is attacking Kurds because of impeachment proceedings. Chris Hayes defends Ronan Farrow amid NBC turmoil. CNBC anchor jokes: "Another Bernie plan, what's he after this time?" Harry Reid thinks Warren will move on Medicare for All if she needs to. Mike from PA pushes back against some of our guest's predictions.

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Oct 15, 2019
2197 - On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal w/ Naomi Klein + US Abandons the Kurds w/ Elif Sarican
01:17:13

On this Indigenous Peoples' Day show, Naomi Klein (@NaomiAKlein) returns to discuss her new book On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal.

Bute before that, anthropologist and Kurdish Women's Movement Activist Elif Sarican (@elifxeyal) joins us for an update and background on the situation in Syria. The significance of women's equality to the Kurds. How are the Kurds reacting to Trump's surprise announcement and the Kurdish invasion.

And Naomi Klein discusses the need to recognize we're already suffering climate crisis and need to act with more urgency. New Orleans as a case study for climate crisis. Climate barbarism: what happens when cruel societies face climate crises. Why the Green New Deal framework is needed on top of environmentalism. The threat of climate apartheid and fortress borders as a response to climate crisis.

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Oct 14, 2019
2196 - Impeachment Floodgates Open & Trump Stokes Nativist Hatred w/ Benjamin Dixon & Tim Heidecker
01:41:17

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), host of the Benjamin Dixon Show, and comedian and filmmaker Tim Heidecker (@timheidecker) join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Trump says Somalis have ruined communities, promises crackdown on refugees and immigrants.

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), host of the Benjamin Dixon Show, joins us to break down the news. Support for impeachment is rising among voters and the Democratic Party establishment is finally on board. What does it mean for strategy going forward? Trump abandons the Kurds in Syria; US and Russia veto UN Security Council's statement on Turkey's invasion of Syria.

Comedian and filmmaker Tim Heidecker (@timheidecker) joins us to discuss his forthcoming movie, 'Mister America.' In this absurdist political mockumentary, Heidecker plays a bumbling failson who narrowly escapes a murder charge stemming from his EDM festival, then runs to unseat the San Bernadino county DA who tried to put him in prison. Sam then takes a walk down memory lane and plays the high concept trailer for his 1997 film, "Who's the Caboose?"

On the fun half: Rand Paul gets laughed at on "The View" when discussing economic inequality. Ben Shapiro rails against public schools teaching about gay rights. Bernie addresses our healthcare system, taking on everybody in 'History Is On Our Side' Instagram video. Durbin questions Neomi Rao, Trump's pick for DC circuit court, on her past writings about race. PG&E blackout map. Trump says he's not corrupt like Biden because he doesn't care about money, and "no one has ever heard the word emoluments before." Trump attacks Ilhan Omar as 9-11 minimizer, anti-Semite. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Oct 11, 2019
2195 - Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom w/ Sarah Seo
01:04:22

Good morning, this Thursday is another Sam/Michael hybrid episode. Today's show features an interview Sam recorded with Iowa University Law Professor Sarah Seo about her latest book, Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom. Sam and Seo discuss how the rise of personal automotive transportation led Americans to expect and accept a seemingly ever-growing police state in America. Michael will host the Fun Half. We're live at noon EST.

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Oct 10, 2019
2194 - William Barr's 40-Year War Against Congressional Oversight w/ Rep. Brad Miller
59:37

Happy Yom Kippur! It's a Michael/Sam hybrid Wednesday featuring a recent interview Sam did with former North Carolina Representative Brad Miller on his latest piece in the American Prospect, "The 40-Year War: William Barr’s long struggle against congressional oversight."

On today's show: Bernie announces he's reducing number of 2020 campaign events.

Bradley Miller, former House Rep. from North Carolina's district 13, joins us to discuss his latest piece in the American Prospect, "The 40-Year War: William Barr’s long struggle against congressional oversight." In this piece, Miller explains how the US Attorney General and others on the right have sought to concentrate authority in the presidency and strip power from the legislature. Through this history, he contextualizes Trump's sweeping claims to unlimited executive power.

On the fun half: A caller describes her political journey and the crew discusses the failures of 1960s counterculture. World of Warcraft gamer Blitzchung calls for Hong Kong liberation. Joe DiGenova slams "illegitimate" impeachment inquiry that "violates due process." Turkish jets taking off in Diyarbakir for Northern Syria. Ecuador protests in Quito. Steven Reed becomes first black mayor of Montgomery, Alabama. Jesse Lee Peterson makes Cameo video about BETA Crowder's cold feet!

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Oct 09, 2019