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2077 - At the Boundaries of Homeownership: Credit, Discrimination, & the American State w/ Chloe Thurston
50:43

Sam is joined by author Chloe Thurston to discuss her new book, 'At the Boundaries of Homeownership: Credit, Discrimination, & the American State.'

While often touted as a sign of individualistic bootstrapping, middle class home ownership in the US is the result of a targeted set of government interventions going back to the 1930s. In this book, Thurston traces the history of government policy around home ownership, with special attention to who was excluded from accessing these kinds of resources (namely: women and African-Americans) and how these groups fought back against discrimination.

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Apr 24, 2019
2076 - First: Sandra Day O'Connor w/ Evan Thomas
46:04

Author Evan Thomas joins Sam to discuss his new book, First: Sandra Day O'Connor.

Sandra Day O'Connor made history as the first woman ever appointed to the US Supreme Court. In this intimate biography, Thomas draws on archives and interviews to paint a complete portrait of the pioneering justice, from her southwest childhood to her journey through law school to her 25-year career on the nation's highest court.

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Apr 23, 2019
2075 - Dust Bowls Of Empire w/ Hannah Holleman
50:37

Hannah Holleman, assistant professor of sociology at Amherst College, joins Sam to discuss her piece in Monthly Review, 'No Empires, No Dust Bowls: Ecological Disasters and the Lessons of History.'

In this piece, Holleman examines the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, an ecological crisis that drove tens of thousands of farmers from their land. In tracking how capitalist accumulation, settler-colonialism, and white supremacy contributed to the ruinous erosion of soil, Holleman spotlights the social character of these crises, building her case that in order to confront the problems wrought by climate change, we must confront the imperial system of capital itself.

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Apr 22, 2019
2074 - Planet Fox: How Rupert Murdoch's Empire Of Influence Remade The World w/ Jonathan Mahler
42:48

Jonathan Mahler (@jonathanmahler), staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, joins us to discuss his article, 'Planet Fox: How Rupert Murdoh's Empire of Influence Remade the World.'

88-year-old Rupert Murdoch currently sits atop the world's most powerful media empire. Mahler and co-writer Jim Rutenberg examine how Murdoch took a modest inherited newspaper business and turned in into a diversified conglomerate capable of influencing elections and policy around the world. From the rise of Margaret Thatcher to the push for war in Iraq to the current wave of right-wing populism (Trump, Brexit, et al.), Murdoch has proven a savvy foe of progressivism as he both shapes and capitalizes on prevailing trends in conservative politics.

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Apr 19, 2019
2073 - Barr's Kabuki Theater & Democratic Party Drama w/ Sean McElwee
01:12:41

Good morning, today the MR crew breaks down the live news from Barr's Mueller Report press conference and the fight for the Democratic nomination's latest war of words between Bernie Sanders and the Center for American Progress. While the Mueller Report has ostensibly been released by the Department of Justice. However, to any shrewd political observer, Barr's press conference was a textbook demonstration of how a ruling party disseminates news. It's not a coincidence that Bill Barr gave a speech looking to exonerate Trump of any wrongdoing the day before the Easter and Passover holidays.

Taking a quick break from the Mueller Report, Sean McElwee from Data for Progress joins Sam to discuss the changing landscape and left-punching developing in the Democratic Party. For McElwee, this fight began with the DCCC decision to blacklist political vendors who work with candidates who primary sitting Democrats, even if that Democrats is an anti-choice right leaning official like Dan Lipinski. This decision has metastasized to an effort to squash the Justice Democrats and their desire to push the party left. It seems the Democratic leadership has forgotten the messages that won them the house in 2018: that they will concentrate on investigating Trump and advocate for voter rights policies like HR 1. Democratic leadership has capitulated to the bad faith Republicans demands to condemn and ostracize new Democratic members of Congress like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. McElwee believes the reactions to the 2018 midterms comes down to a generational divide in the new Democratic majority. Pelosi, Hoyer, and Cummings wish things could go back to the "Beltway as Usual" while AOC, Omar, and Jayapal are trying to push a more aggressive party with bold reform like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All. McElwee and Sam wrap their discussion with an insider's look into how the DCCC and Democratic leadership is presented and consumes polling in DC.

And in the Fun Half: Barr's interpretation of Mueller's Findings reminds us of the SCOTUS Citizen's United ruling from Justice Roberts, Even Fox News thinks Barr sounded like a defense attorney, AOC's spokesman explains why Appalachian coal miners would dig the Green New Deal, John Bolton receives thunderous applause for [checks notes] restricting travel to Cuba, Kamala Harris apologizes for the punitive truancy laws she enacted as California AG, Beto wants to address corporate concentration by leaving Amazon alone, Quilette wonders if the IDW is ideologically diverse and decides Dave Rubin is right wing, Dave Rubin defends his Ideas Only platform, Bernie's call to eliminate private insurance, plus your calls and IMs!

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Apr 18, 2019
2072 - The Top Pelosi Aide Aiming to Kill Medicare For All w/ David Dayen
01:17:38

David Dayen (@ddayen) joins us to discuss Wendell Primus, the top aide to Nancy Pelosi who is trying to destroy single payer healthcare.

On today's show: Gov. Cuomo to sign Child Victims Act into law in NY. Republicans block Democrat-led efforts to tighten state vaccine laws. Fox News is freaking out in the wake of Bernie's town hall. Seema Verma comes on and explains why America can't have Medicare For All.

David Dayen (@ddayen) joins us to discuss Wendell Primus, the top aide to Nancy Pelosi who is trying to destroy single payer healthcare. How Primus' position as a "member/staffer" gives him the power to block progressive legislation without ever winning an election. Primus' Clinton era resignation from the HHS and subsequent rightward drift. The persistent notion that Democratic Party leaders must be protected from progressive ideas. Democrats and Republicans' divergent approaches to dealing with their bases. How Primus intervened on the wrong side of a battle over drug prices. Will the DCCC's attempts to impose party discipline backfire? For more, check out Dayen's article on Wendell Primus at The Intercept. Also Chain of Title, his book on the foreclosure crisis, and The American Prospect, of which he is now the executive editor!

On the fun half: Trump says Ilhan Omar has been very disrespectful of America, implies she's not American. Former NY police commissioner says Ilhan Omar is "infatuated with Al Qaeda." Liz Warren brings donuts to Stop and Shop picket line. Jexodus is back, baby! Now led by Jeff Ballabon, not millennials. Jeff Ballabon claims that Democrats are harboring anti-Semitism. Mindy climbs aboard the Bernie train. Pete Buttigieg says tone is important when reforming capitalism. Protesters at Buttigieg rally do homophobic(?) protest with Pete whipping Jesus while Satan cheers him on. MSNBC has mind-obliteratingly empty conversation about the "buzz" around Mayor Pete. Tressie McMillan Cottom explains how Wall Street exacerbated the for-profit college problem. Tennessee protesters at Capitol after House GOP passed voter registraton criminalization. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Apr 17, 2019
2071 - Keywords: the New Language of Capitalism w/ John Patrick Leary
01:07:18

John Patrick Leary (@JohnPatLeary), Associate Professor of English at Wayne State University, joins us to discuss his book, Keywords: The New Language of Capitalism.

On today's show: Bernie dominates Fox News town hall with #MedicareForAll pitch. Trump reacts to Bernie's performance. Bernie's closing remarks, an impromptu call and response, says most Americans agree with his platform.

John Patrick Leary (@JohnPatLeary), Associate Professor of English at Wayne State University, joins us to discuss his new book, Keywords: The New Language of Capitalism. In this book, Leary explores how the business language of late stage capitalism puts a futuristic spin on old forms of exploitation. How words like "innovation," "human capital," "nimble," "passion" and "grit" conceal the exploitative relationship between workers and bosses. Also: the origins of the term "meritocracy" and why it's problematic.

On the fun half: Martha McCallum freaks out over higher taxes vs. paying insurance premiums. Art Laffer says raising taxes will hurt the economy, bring on a recession. Chart: Fallout from Laffer's Kansas tax plan. Eric Swalwell is running for the Democratic nomination, says he wants "a team of rivals" in his cabinet. Trump says he has ridden "many a truck." Glenn Beck says if Notre Dame was an Islamic attack, we probably won't hear about it. Melinda Gates claims her philanthropy has not had an outsized influence on education. A plug for Shahid Buttar, a democratic socialist hoping to primary Nancy Pelosi. Donate here! The massive and ongoing Stop and Shop strike. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Apr 16, 2019
2070 - Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management w/ Caitlin Rosenthal
01:11:50

Caitlin Rosenthal, Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, joins us to discuss her new book, Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management.

On today's show: Sarah Sanders says Congress isn't smart enough to look over Trump's tax returns.

Caitlin Rosenthal, Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, joins us to discuss her new book, Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management. While some think that capitalism worked at cross purposes with slavery, the two were intertwined for much of US history. By looking at the complex connections between New World slavery and early capitalist development, as well as elements that have carried over into modern management structures, Rosenthal shows how the institution of chattel slavery influences our system of production to this day.

The Democratic establishment attempts to discipline the progressive wing of the Party; Bernie Sanders fires back.

On the fun half: Trump says migrants will be shipped to sanctuary cities after holding period, threatens to throttle sanctuary cities with undocumented immigrants. Chris Wallace explains why the administration's new immigration plan would be illegal/unfeasible. Pelosi plays down influence of AOC wing of the Party, says "it's like five people." Daily Wire writer says drag is blackface, transgender people cheapen womanhood. Stephen Moore says capitalism is more important than democracy. Cardi B endorses Bernie because he's been consistent for a long time. Fox & Friends tell Andrew Yang UBI "robbing other people of their ability to be a self-made success story." Dan Crenshaw says attacks on him are "a new low in partisanship and dishonesty." Should the Democrats advocate jailing bosses who hire illegal immigrants?

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Apr 15, 2019
2069 -Trial Lawyer Conference- Tainted Medicines And Wildfires
01:20:13

Sam is at the Torts Law Conference in Las Vegas. On Day Two, Sam speaks with Daniel Nigh and Archie Lamb of the firm Levin Papantonio about suits concerning faulty medications and the California wild fires. Also: Andrew Bederman, chair of the American Association for Justice PAC, on the unfair stigma around trial lawyers.

On the fun half: Supercut of Trump mentioning Wikileaks. Trump says Wikileaks is "not really my thing." Tulsi Gabbard warns against the DOJ extraditing Assange. Katie Porter stumps JP Morgan Chase's Jamie Dimon with questions about employee's income. Ayanna Pressley asks why banks still have overdraft fees and if CEOs believe they're a tool to punish the poor. Cindy Axne presses Dimon on why regulators should lower capital requirements. Trump supports Barr's spying claims. Ainsley Earhardt asks: If we found out Hillary Clinton's campaign was being spied on, don't you think everyone would be upset about that? NY Post weaponizes 9/11 to smear Ilhan Omar. Rep. Ilhan Omar fires back at Fox News on Colbert: "I am as American as everyone else." Dan Crenshaw "too busy" to talk benefits for victims of 9/11. Waleed Shaheed asks where Democratic leadership is in defending their progressive women leaders. Tomas Massie doesn't understand how a Bachelor's of Arts works.

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Apr 12, 2019
2068 - Trial Lawyer Conference- Corporate Malfeasance and A Win For Sexual Abuse Victims
01:14:50

Sam is at the Trial Lawyer Conference in Las Vegas. Sam is joined by lawyers and movement leaders to discuss corporate malfeasance, a nationwide effort to extend statute of limitations for sexual abuse limitations, and the possibility of new and reformed human trafficking legislation. Sam will be back from Las Vegas again tomorrow with more tort lawsuit stories.

And in the Fun Half: the problems with the DOJ's extradition claims against Assange, Bill Barr is now the Trump Administration's fixer,

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Apr 11, 2019
2067 - The Trump Of Israel Wins Re-election & More Bad Faith Attacks On Ilhan Omar
45:55

Fox's Brian Kilmeade smears Rep. Ilhan Omar: "You have to wonder if she's an American first." Trump says Bibi re-election gives better chance of peace in Middle East. Dianna Buttu explains Palestnians' position on Israeli elections: "you either choose Trump or you choose Trump."

On the fun half: The crew addresses Bernie Sanders' book money. Trump visits George Washington's Mount Vernon estate, wonders why he didn't name it after himself. Tulsi Gabbard dodges interview with Ana Kasparian. Dave Rubin says he won't debate Sam. Candace Owens claims the Republican Party's Southern strategy wasn't real. Lee Atwater lays out Southern strategy in infamous 1981 interview. Mohammad Abu Salha recounts how his children were murdered by white nationalists. Steve Mnuchin gets served by Maxine Waters. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Apr 10, 2019
2066 - Debating Russia, Trump And Mueller w/ Glenn Greenwald
01:15:55

Sam discusses the Mueller investigation with Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald), journalist at The Intercept.

On today's show: Meghan McCain tells Joy Behar it's her job to listen to her.

Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald), journalist at The Intercept, joins Sam for a discussion of the Mueller investigation. The origins of the investigation. Should there have been an investigation? What's a scam and what's not? Glenn's critique of how the Mueller investigation was conducted, and how the media covered the story. What are the stakes? Should Sam apologize for having Marcy Wheeler on?

On the fun half: Netanyahu's party sends activists with body cameras to intimidate Arab voters. Judge blocks Trump's policy of making asylum-seekers remain in Mexico, purges Homeland Security officials for not being fashy enough. Trump says "our country is full." A discussion of Bernie Sanders, neoliberalism and "open borders." Sudanese protesters chant "revolution," call for the resignation of president al-Bashir. Ilhan Omar calls Stephen Miller a white nationalist, gets attacked by GOP. A plug for listener Cole James Cash's Ghetto News Network. Brazilians continue protests to free Lula. Should the left in the US and UK figure out what to do in the event of a right-wing coup? Henry Louis Gates Jr. says Trump admin is doing post-Reconstruction levels of voter suppression. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Apr 09, 2019
2065 - The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption w/ Dahr Jamail
01:00:56

Dahr Jamail (@DahrJamail), author of The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption, joins us.

On today's show: Kirstjen Nielsen tells National Sheriffs' Association "don't believe the press" about treatment of immigrant children. NPR rehabilitating Neilsen image already: "Was this someone who believed in this policy?"

Dahr Jamail, staff reporter at Truthout, joins us to discuss his new book, The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption. What Jamail learned visiting locations around the world that are already experiencing the effects of climate change, like Alaska's glacier parks and Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The various factors contributing to the melting of glaciers and their practical effects on things like food prices. The politically destabilizing effects of climate change. Why the Green New Deal is better than nothing, but ultimately insufficient. The urgent necessity of a transition away from capitalism.

On the fun half: Trump, addressing Jewish Republicans, calls Netanyahu "your Prime Minister." Does the left need to do a better job appealing to "normies"? Trump calls asylum seekers "animals," says they look like they're "fighting for the UFC." Ali Velshi asks Howard Schultz if wealth inequality exists because of "political polarization." Obama warns against the "circular firing squad" among progressives. Katie Porter (D-CA) response to Obama: The resistance to new ideas is coming from leadership. Tim Ryan campaign launch: Russia is trying to divide us on social media. Larry Kudlow admits Stephen Moore has a "steep learning curve" ahead of him at the Fed. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Apr 08, 2019
2064 - Billionaire Pablum & Mitch McConnell's Wretched Legacy w/Alex Pareene & David Feldman
01:33:30

Alex Pareene (@pareene) joins us in studio(!) and David Feldman (@David_Feldman_) joins us by phone.

On today's show: Howard Schultz's bs immigration plan: Check your ego at the door, Congress. Howard Schultz pablum: "We need to live our values." Schultz, Beto, and Buttigieg's lack of ideology. Pareene breaks down the career of Mitch McConnell, from his beginnings as a Rockefeller Republican to his eventual pivot to Reagan conservative. McConnell's goals of keeping money in politics and destroying the regulatory state. The conventional wisdom that Republicans are scared of their base, while Democrats hate theirs. McConnell stumbles; Meghan McCain defends him from our cruelty.

Comedian David Feldman joins us for a far-ranging discussion of the Democratic Party's "big tent" and Michael's budding romance with Bari Weiss. Also: Bill O'Reilly complains about millennials dancing at a Fleetwood Mac concert.

On the fun half: Fox's Charles Payne says minimum wage destroys work ethic. Schultz wants to "reform" the VA; Pete Hegseth says vets are asking for too many handouts. A DACA recipient tells us why he's leaving the US. The crew's thoughts on the effects of international aid from non-profits. Will raising taxes in the US cause capital flight, and if so, how to deal with it? Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Apr 05, 2019
2063 - The Trump Administration Green Lights a Saudi Nuclear Deal w/ Mike Hanna
53:29

Good morning, joining Michael Brooks on today's show is Mike Hanna to discuss the story behind how the Trump administration approved private nuclear development contracts to the Saudi regime.  Mike Hanna helps explain the Trump administrations role and the players involved in selling nuclear development contracts to the Saudis. Under normal circumstances, a presidential administration must first enter a "123 agreement" before selling nuclear contracts to foreign countries. According to Senator Bob Menendez the US "can only enter into [nuclear] force after Congress has reviewed it and evaluated whether the agreement meets the nonproliferation standards required by Section 123 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954."  The United States has no such agreement with Saudi Arabia, nor is there any plan for Congress to approve one especially given the Kingdom's murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Mike and Michael then discuss the status of the Iran deal and the recognition of the Golan Heights as part of Israel in the context of new Saudi nuclear development contracts. Mike and Michael conclude their discussion with a look at the upcoming Israeli elections, why some Israelis are concerned about Trump's unflappable support for Bibi Netanyahu's Likud party, and the Democratic party's shifting demographics and feelings towards Israel.

And in the Fun Half: Dave Rubin is the pure ideas man, why Beto is running, political violence in Nicaragua, UK military shooting at Jeremy Corbin targets, Bernie returns for a 2019 Fox News Townhall, Fox goes to a diner and gets rolled on higher taxes and GND, the Left Media March Madness bracket round of 16, an environmentalist leader in Brazil is murdered, remembering Lula's trial a year after his imprisonment, mobilizing minority voters to win elections, MSM's problem with Bernie Sanders, radical left christian organizing efforts in the south, plus your calls and IMs!

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Apr 04, 2019
2062 - Cruel & Unusual Punishment & The Importance Of The Courts w/ the MR Crew
01:01:13

On today's show: Trump wants to abolish immigration judges. Kris Kobach, a possible pick for Trump's "immigration Czar," advocates for "processing towns" where asylum seekers are concentrated into "camps."

Neil Gorsuch rules that "cruel and unusual" must be decided based on the standards of 1787. Conservative claims win in WI supreme court race. Democrat wins Senate seat in PA special election. DSA-endorsed socialists win seats on Chicago's city council.

On the fun half: Trump wants investigators to explore the "oranges" of the Mueller report. WH spokesman laments disaster relief to Puerto Rico, says "that country" has mismanaged aid. Mollie Hemmingway on shutting down the southern border: "a little pain" is good for the country. A black voter gives his perspective on why many black people didn't vote for Clinton in 2016. Dave Rubin claims he never gets invited to campus by libs. Dereck Black, reformed white nationalist, says his white nationalist family loves Tucker Carlson. Woman explains why she voted for Trump after supporting Bernie as "kind of a joke." Black woman says she voted for Trump because he's a business man.

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Apr 03, 2019
2061 - Leftism Reinvented: Western Parties from Socialism to Neoliberalism w/ Stephanie L. Mudge
01:02:45

Stephanie L. Mudge (@stephaniemudge), author of Leftism Reinvented: Western Parties from Socialism to Neoliberalism, joins us.

On today's show: Bernie explains policy that would outlaw right-to-work states.

Stephanie L. Mudge (@stephaniemudge), author of Leftism Reinvented: Western Parties from Socialism to Neoliberalism, joins us. In this book, Mudge examines the trajectory of left-leaning political parties in Germany, the UK, Sweden and the US. While the social democratic parties of Europe started out more socialist and labor-oriented than the Democratic Party in the US, their economic policies converged in the Keynesian era and into the neoliberal turn. Mudge focuses on the influence of experts on these policy decisions and argues that neoliberalism was a choice, not merely a response to economic forces beyond anyone's control.

On the fun half: Michael Tracey says that anyone other than journalists would lose their jobs after a mistake like Russia investigation. Tucker Carlson defends Bush's motives in Iraq war. Joanna Hausmann, comedian, woke-splains why US needs to intervene in Venezuela. Surprise: her dad is Guaido's pick for Venezuela's IDB representative. Ben Shapiro whines about AOC not debating him. Stephen Moore says he's new to this whole fed game. @TheSerfsTV discusses being de-platformed from Youtube by the alt-right. Tucker Carlson insults Chris Hayes, suggests Americans should treat climate change with skepticism after Russia investigation. Mehdi Hasan grills Israeli ambassador to UN on 2-state solution. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Apr 02, 2019
2060 - American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear w/ Khaled Beydoun
01:10:12

Author and law professor Khaled Beydoun joins MR to discuss his book American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear

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Author and law professor Khaled Beydoun joins us to discuss his book American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of FearIn this book, Beydoun looks at the scope and impact of domestic “war on terror” legislation in how it racialized Muslims and transformed everyday life within Muslim communities. How Islamophobia was built into US immigration law, and how it changed after 9/11. The strains of Islamophobia influencing Trump policies like the Muslim ban. Demographic shifts, white identity politics, and other factors driving Islamophobia today.

On the fun half: Mick Mulvaney says debate on  pre-existing conditions is over. Mulvaney says debate on preexisting conditions is over. Bernie says he will lower prescription drug costs by half when elected president. AOC says PR is experiencing a disaster the scale of 9/11...where is our response? AOC is surprised at the ineptitude of GOP and Fox News response to her and GND. Benny Johnson psyching up crowd at TP USA: "I've never seen so many white people in one room!"A plug for the Books to Prisoners program in Seattle; donate at bookstoprisoners.net. Beto O'Rourke campaign launch in El Paso: pure pablum. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Apr 01, 2019
2059 - Debating Russiagate w/ Michael Tracey & The Case That Could Jeopardize The ACA w/ Benjamin Dixon & Judy Gold
02:49:10

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon ) and Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) join us. Also: Sam debates Michael Tracey.

On today's show: Fox and Friends: Who needs a 300 page report when we have a 4 page summary?

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), founder of Progressive Army and host of the Benjamin Dixon Show, joins us. Ben's take on the Mueller report and what purpose people like Michael Tracey are actually serving when they go on Tucker Carlson uncritically. Trump's latest attack on the ACA. Joe Biden's attempts to use Stacey Abrams in the 2020 race. Kamala Harris' problematic record. Hannity asks how Rush Limbaugh does his job with "half his brain tied behind his back."

Comedian Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) joins us to let out some feelings about Trump and the Mueller investigation. It's okay to be angry!

Russia skeptic and "independent journalist" Michael Tracey (@mtracey) joins us for a spirited exchange. Does MR owe listeners an apology for having on Marcy Wheeler to talk about the Mueller investigation?

Jay Inslee explains why all Americans will be impacted by climate change. Trump slams amnesty lawyers & asylum seekers. Trump says people won't be able to watch TV because wind energy is inconsistent. Trump says he wants to campaign against Green New Deal. Pat Buchanan tells Laura Ingraham African Americans still haven't assimilated. Trump talks repealing ACA and how Republicans will make a much better healthcare system. Qanon line outside Trump rally wraps around corner.

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Mar 29, 2019
2058 - Foreign Policy Beyond Good & Evil w/ Daniel Bessner
01:02:16

Good Thursday morning, joining Michael today is professor Daniel Bessner, author of Democracy in Exile, to discuss his latest piece in the Nation "Foreign Policy Beyond Good and Evil."  Bessner argues that as the 2020 primaries come into view progressives should be cautious about how Warren and Sanders understand international relations. Bessner and Brooks begin their conversations in the 1930s when the Western allied forces and Northern Atlantic countries confronted Nazi forces. During the Cold War, the United States cemented its foreign policy world view as democratic goodness versus evil which constituted anything standing in the way of Americans international agenda. Comparing adversaries to Nazis gives American foreign policy leaders license to endless militarism abroad. Bessner argues that we need to judge international leaders bad policies beyond "good and evil," comparing the Iranian regime to Nazism is neither accurate depiction nor productive to building a stable Middle East. So then, how can the Left advocate global humanitarian crises in American politics? Bessner believes that developing new domestic humanitarian aid policies would be a good first step, albeit an ambitious one, towards a more just global community. Bessner and Brooks conclude the interview sharing their thoughts on the foreign policy positives and negatives of the leading progressive candidates (Sanders and Warren) seeking the 2020 nomination. Bessner leaves the show asking listeners to consider all the ways in which the military is valorized in American life. If we want to reframe US militarism we must first disentangle all the ways the military pervades our culture and everyday lives.

And in the Fun Half: how leftist foreign policy would play in conservative America, Trump's thoughts on Russian troops in Venezuela, Cory Booker turns his So. Carolina townhall stage into a church pulpit, Tucker Carlson says CNN and MSNBC get their marching orders from Nancy Pelosi, where Mayor Pete lies on the left ideological spectrum, Bernie's new M4A ad, Boris Epshteyn calls in, the Alt-Right's various connections to the Christchurch shooter, Ben Shapiro as conduit to all far right radicalism, the UN's problematic stance on Mozambique's recovery efforts, a long horizon of our politics, the problem with Beto in a national election, how Jimmy Dore poison's the left political well, plus your calls and IMs!

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Mar 28, 2019
2057 - An American Sickness: How The Market Cannot Keep Us Healthy w/ Elisabeth Rosenthal
01:09:59

Elisabeth Rosenthal (@RosenthalHealth), author of An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How We Can Take It Back, joins us.

On today's show: Bernie Sanders says "get rid of the insurance companies," won't support anything but Medicare-for-all.

Elisabeth Rosenthal, editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, joins us to discuss her book, An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How We Can Take It Back. The court case that could jeopardize the ACA. The most successful parts of the ACA. Why healthcare is so much more expensive in the US than everywhere else. How "sticky pricing" drives costs up. How the industry has worked around well-intentioned ACA regulations to charge even more. How proposed ACA fixes fall short of addressing price issues. The poor outcomes and limited choices patients see in a profit-driven system.

On the fun half: Pope doesn't want his ring kissed. Stacey Abrams politely declines to be used as a prop by Joe Biden. Joe Biden says "I wish I could have done something" about the way Anita Hill was treated. Barbara Lee asks Betsy Devos about racial inequality in school suspensions: Why did you rescind this order? Marc Pocan asks why the Department of Education would cut Special Olympics funding. Pennsylvania "epitome of religious intolerance": GOP lawmaker begs "God forgive us" prior to Muslim colleague being sworn in. Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell responds to aggro prayer. AOC says GND is not elitist, tell that to kids in the Bronx and Flint. How to react when ICE claims to be serving you a warrant. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Mar 27, 2019
2056 - How Our Politicians Let Corporations & Bigwigs Steal Our Money & Jobs w/ Pat Garofalo
59:46

Author and Talk Poverty Editor Pat Garofalo (@Pat_Garofalo) joins us to discuss his new book, The Billionaire Boondoggle: How Our Politicians Let Corporations and Bigwigs Steal Our Money and Jobs.

On today's show: A breakdown of the web of intrigue surrounding Felix Sater.

Author and Talk Poverty Editor Pat Garofalo (@Pat_Garofalo) joins us to discuss his new book, The Billionaire Boondoggle: How Our Politicians Let Corporations and Bigwigs Steal Our Money and Jobs. It's business as usual for cities to compete with each other to see who can offer the most generous tax subsidy to attract any given corporation. But does this actually work out in communities' favor? Using examples like Amazon, a New Jersey mega mall, and the entertainment industry, Garofalo explains why, despite being politically popular, these kinds of tax breaks are never a good deal for the people living in distressed areas.

On the fun half: Nancy Pelosi at AIPAC: The House "came together to condemn the anti-semitic myth of dual loyalty." Chuck Schumer equivocates Omar's statements with Trump calling neo-Nazis "very fine people." Is Jamie scaring people away from the left by talking about anarcho-communism? Bill O'Reilly says Fox is losing lots of money because of MediaMatters and MoveOn. 2014: Steve Moore says Brownback is under complete assault from left, austerity is not actually happening. 2014: Steve Moore says Brownback is creating jobs again...Kevin Price says the numbers look small, but we need perspective. Bernie calls for release of Mueller report. Kamala Harris takes photo with California AIPAC leaders. Pompeo says America has been "infested" by "insidious new form" of bigotry "in the guise of anti-Zionism." Pompeo extremely happy that Trump recognized Israeli control of Golan Heights. Republican Congressman asks "Are you a socialist or a capitalist? Yes or no?"

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Mar 26, 2019
2055 - Breaking Down the Mueller Report w/ MR Team
01:21:25

On today's show, we respond to the Mueller Report.

Nunes says the Mueller report should be burned. Sam breaks down the findings that have been released so far. While not a complete exoneration, the Mueller investigation did not find evidence to support the two charges being investigated: collusion for purposes of tampering with the 2016 election, and obstruction of justice. But there's more that could come out when the full report is released, so stay tuned. Was Matt Taibbi wrong to compare the media's engagement around the Mueller investigation to its reporting around WMDs in Iraq?

Sam on the Jesse Lee Peterson show. Trump says he's fully exonerated, now we need to look at the other side. William Barr testifies that promising a presidential pardon would be a criminal act. Savannah Guthrie asks if Barr's judgment is impartial after writing that the president could not obstruct justice. Beto says he wants to means test Social Security on 2012 House campaign trail (oh hell no). Meghan McCain, speaking at AIPAC, insinuates that Ilhan Omar is not American. CBP detains 9-year-old US citizen, accuses her of lying about her identity. A brief exchange on the 2nd amendment. Fox guest explains why we need electoral college: "Balances & checks & balances." Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Mar 25, 2019
2054 - 2020 Sweeps Have Been Where Will It End w/ Virgil Texas
01:40:48

Virgil Texas (@virgiltexas ), co-host of Chapo Trap House and co-author of The Chapo Guide to Revolution: a Manifesto Against Logic, Facts and Reason, joins us.

On today's show: Pete Hegseth can't stand these damn identity politics. An entire Fox News segment dedicated to exploring Pete Hegseth's genealogical identity.

Virgil Texas of Chapo Trap House joins us for some wonkish talk of the 2020 field. Beto's appeal to voters What's the deal with #GravelGang? How about Andrew Yang? How much do the Democratic primary debates matter? What are Bernie's challenges at this point? How much does he need to win by to actually win?

Trump fumes and calls Fox's Maria Bartiromo "fake news" for grilling him on his attacks on John McCain. The MR crew is visited by a spirit that gives us insights into Trump one could only gain from another dimension.

On the fun half: Trump says Democratic candidates not attending AIPAC are anti-Jewish. Hegseth says candidates who skip AIPAC "may be anti-Semitic." One of Melania's platforms for her "be best" campaign is "opioid abuse." Trump explains how administration will cut off funding to colleges that de-platform right wing guests. Trump says he's been witnessing free speech problems for a long time, says he loves loans. Virgil recalls his run-in with the Yang Gang. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Mar 22, 2019
2053 - The Korean Peace Process w/ Richard Beck
49:59

Good Thursday morning, joining Michael Brooks on today's Majority Report is Richard Beck to discuss his essay, "The Korean Peace Process" published in n+1. Beck breaks down American foreign policy on the Korean peninsula and it hasn’t done any real thinking in two years. Beck explains how all parties involved in the recent Vietnam Korean Peace Summit were on different pages. Coming out of Vietnam each side is two steps back from where they started, each side at least now has a more realistic understanding of what a peace agreement might look like in the near future. Beck explains how John Bolton has made it his agenda to offer no concessions to North Korea and demanded full denuclearization, a position untenable to Kim and his negotiators. Brooks and Beck broaden the conversation of how our foreign policy leaders treat authoritarian regimes with poor human rights records and how it is used to legitimize US intervention. With all this in mind Beck argues US media coverage of the Korean peace process is an inaccurate caricature of itself. Kim and Trump approach and role within their respective governments are mostly opposite. Beck then explores the role of China and Japan and each country's position on achieving peace on the Korean peninsula. Ultimately, Beck believes that if left to his own devices Trump would likely give up whatever he needed to in order to get a peace deal and the real prize for Trump, a Nobel Peace Prize--someone just needs to convince Trump that John Bolton is a "real bad guy."

And in the Fun Half: will social democrats gain support in Florida, some good political rap artists, the new poll tax in Florida, how Bernie is running against Trump, Stuart Varney doesn't understand why can't the CIA just take on Maduro, Elliot Abrams struggles to explain why Guiado should be recognized at Venezuela's legitimate president, an update on Lula and unrest in Brazil, the problem with Yang Gang, Warren's positions on white supremacy and medicare for all, plus your calls and IMs!

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Mar 21, 2019