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July 12, 2019
2131 - Sam Live from Netroots Nation Conference, Day 2
Sam at Netroots! Day 2. Sam is joined by Adele Stan from Right Wing Watch, Briahna Joy Gray and Winnie Wong from the Bernie Sanders campaign, Jeff Hauser of the Revolving Door Project, Alexandra Rojas of Justice Democrats, Adam Green of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Ryan Grim of The Intercept, and Matt Christman, Brendan James and Virgil Texas of Chapo Trap House. Also: Bernie gets an approving pat from a postal worker, Trump says Acosta did a great job as labor secretary, Brooke Goldstein claims Ilhan Omar "would be a member of the KKK" if she weren't in Congress, Pelosi admonishes "squad" not to tweet their complaints, David Dayen updates us on the White House's attack on asylum seekers, Tommy Robinson supporting thugs attack journalists outside parliament, Trump says the kidney "has a special place in the heart." Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks Chicago Live Show, with special guest Chuck Mertz of This is Hell on August 24th here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with introduction by Michael Brooks! Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or via your favorite podcast app. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @majorityfm @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @BF1nn
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165 min
July 12, 2019
AM QUICKIE: July 12, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: President Trump stuns his conservative allies by announcing that he’s finally caving his plan to add a citizenship question to the Census (Mother Jones) Conservative Democrat William Lacy Clay accused Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of using the race card in her dust-up with Nancy Pelosi (Splinter) San Francisco Bay Area immigration rights group says ICE arrests that were scheduled to start this weekend have already begun (KRON) And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: The House Judiciary approves subpoenas for 12 key witnesses, including Jared Kushner (Politico) New victims are coming forward as Jeffrey Epstein's asks to be released from jail to his $77 million Manhattan mansion (Miami Herald) Betsy DeVos is being sued over her student loan forgiveness program that denies 99 percent of the applicants (Politico)
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July 11, 2019
2130 - Sam Live from Netroots Nation Conference, Day 1
Sam reports live from the Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia. On day one of Netroots, Sam speaks with Dean Obeidallah, host of SiriusXM's 'The Dean Obeidallah Show;" David Dayen, executive editor of 'The American Prospect;' David Weigel of The Washington Post; Sean McElwee and Julian Brave NoiseCat of Data For Progress; Jared Holt of Right Wing Watch; and Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA. Also on today's show: Bernie tells Rachel Maddow that as president, he'd scare Mitch McConnell by going to KY and having a rally. Bernie says inequality is intentional, emphasizes need to take on the power structure. Gorka gets owned by prank caller. AOC asks Powell why the Fed keeps getting the rate of unemployment wrong, attacks the Phillips curve as discredited economic model. Ben Shapiro says Megan Rapinoe benefits from being an outspoken lesbian. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsor: Quip: quip starts at just $25 and if you go to GETQUIP.com/majority right now, you can get your first refill pack for FREE. And Blinkist is the only app that takes the best key takeaways, the need-to-know information from thousands of nonfiction books, and condenses them down into just 15 minutes for you to read or listen to. Blinkist.com/MAJORITY to start your free 7 day trial! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks Chicago Live Show on August 24th here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with introduction by Michael Brooks! Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or via your favorite podcast app. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @majorityfm @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @BF1nn  
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157 min
July 11, 2019
AM QUICKIE: July 11, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: 'Do not tweet': Pelosi scolds progressives in closed-door meeting (POLITICO) AOC says Pelosi is "singling out" women of color in Congress (Axios) ICE just opens three new detention centers, after Congress told it not to (Mother Jones) Trump’s July 4 event and weekend protests bankrupted D.C. security fund, mayor says (WAPO) And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: U.S. Prepares to Arrest Thousands of Immigrant Family Members (NYT) State Department Analyst Resigns After White House Blocked Climate Change Testimony (WSJ) Fed chief: Facebook crypto project poses 'serious concerns' for economy, consumers (The Hill) House oversight panel asks Acosta to testify on Epstein plea (UPI) Trump invites right-wing extremists to White House ‘social media summit’ (CNN)
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July 10, 2019
2129 - Fighting Inequality by Turning Workers into Owners w/ Loren Rodgers
Happy Wednesday, joining Michael Brooks on today’s Majority Report is Loren Rodgers, Executive Director of the National Center for Employee Ownership to discuss a recent article featured in the New Republic. In America there are now over 7,000 employee owned businesses who revenue totals close to half a billion dollars. The history of employee ownership is one was designed and adapted to deal with the growing wealth inequality, namely investment banker Louis Kelso who was instrumental in designing Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). Rodgers goes on to explain ESOPs have a history on both the right and left with both environmental conscious brands and christian brands both establishing ESOPs as a way to maintain their company values. Brooks and Rodgers go on to explore the current employee-owned related legislation and policy being promoted by legislators in Washington and on the 2020 campaign trail; particularly, Bernie and his state-run employee ownership centers and the US Employee Ownership Bank. Rodgers also says Kristin Gillibrand has taken up the lion's share of the employee ownership movement with her 2018 Main Street Employee Ownership Act. On the fun half: Will the DA election in Queens be stolen from Caban? How not to challenge McConnell. Should tinkering with credit score formulation really be a priority now? Interracial marriage by jews is a new holocaust, says rabbi. Tucker does more bigotry against Ilhan Omar. A MR-listening moderate Nebraska farmer may run as a pro-M4A republican. Plus your calls and IMs! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks Chicago Live Show on August 24th here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with introduction by Michael Brooks! Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or via your favorite podcast app. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @majorityfm @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @BF1nn
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59 min
July 10, 2019
AM QUICKIE: July 10, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: Federal judge rejects Trump administration’s bid to swap out lawyers for Census case on citizenship question (WAPO) Migrant kids in Yuma report sex assault, retaliation from U.S. agents (NBC NEWS) France to slap new 'ecotax' on plane tickets from 2020 (AP) And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: The government no longer wants Michael Flynn to testify against ex-partner (WAPO) New North Carolina law allows prosecutors to charge drug dealers with murder (The Hill) Top Senate Republican Wants to Rein In Tech’s Liability Shield (Bloomberg) Two Republicans sue Ocasio-Cortez over Twitter blocks (The Hill)  
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4 min
July 9, 2019
2128 - Outside Money in School Board Elections w/ Sarah Reckhow
On today's show, Sarah Reckhow (@SReckhow), co-author, Outside Money in School Board Elections: The Nationalization of Education Politics. Reckhow and her co-authors looked at 5 cities where outside money was flooding into local school board elections including Indianapolis, Denver, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Bridgeport, CT. After pouring over close to a decade's worth of campaign contributions, Reckhow and her colleagues found that there was a huge surge of money coming from the beginning of Obama first term in 2008 to 2012 which found far greater sums of outside money being spent in school board elections. The research identified 132 donors who provided more than half the funding for candidates running on school reform (pro-charter) in the sampled cities. Reckhow points out, also, how reform candidates who raised this outside money also raised more money locally. The reform candidates we're 2.5x more likely to be elected while union-backed candidates won half of its races, a huge gain for school reform efforts. This led to a greater expansion of charter schools in the cities studied. These cities were studied by Reckhow and her colleagues because they're municipalities where the school board has the most authority in enacting education reform, like allocating funds to charter school funding. Reckhow concludes the interview pointing out that school board elections remain an important part of our local democracies where popular engagement can effectively combat outside money and interest. And in the Fun Half: Dan Bongino does not seem to have the composure to a talking head--let alone a law enforcement officer, how to get blue collar voters on board with democratic candidates, Jesse Watters says women athletes would probably be paid more if they were more patriotic, Elizabeth Warren says she'll end the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the value of Bernie defining himself as a Democratic Socialist, "electability" and Biden, Andrew Yang v. Meghan McCain, Tom Steyer sends $100M into a blackhole, plus your calls and IMs! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsor: Capterra is the leading, free online resource to help you find the best software solution for your business. With over 850,000 reviews of products from real software users and more than 700 specific categories of software go to Capterra.com/majority today! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks Chicago Live Show on August 24th here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with introduction by Michael Brooks! Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or via your favorite podcast app. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @majorityfm @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @BF1nn
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75 min
July 8, 2019
2127 - Billionaire Sex Offender Charged, Border Crisis Deepens, & Pelosi Punches Left w/ the MR Crew
We're back from the July 4th holiday and got a piping-hot plate of news for you, our loyal listener. The big story coming into Monday is the bombshell indictment of Jeffrey Epstein on new charges of human trafficking. The charges first reported by the Daily Beast "allege that Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage girls...molesting or sexually abusing them in his Upper East Side mansion or his palatial residence in Palm Beach." In an era where #MeToo has taken down powerful men across several professions, Epstein had, until this point, avoided any consequences for his heinous actions. According to Sam, this is a story of power and influence of one American billionaire. Hopefully this trial shows how Epstein was able to plead out so easily more than a decade ago and continue his behavior until 2019. Meanwhile, the crisis at the border continues to spiral out of control. UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said this morning that she was "appalled" at the conditions. Immigrants rights lawyers who traveled to the Clint, Texas facilities said they have never seen or smelled such degrading and inhumane conditions in their careers. Of course, Donald Trump doesn't see it that way, he blames Democrats for the conditions at the border, saying the party's laxed position on amnesty is the sole reason for the facilities' conditions. Finally, it was revealed this weekend that DHS knew about the racist, misogynistic private Facebook group since at least 2016. But don't worry acting DHS secretary Kevin McAleenan says "any employee found to have compromised the public’s trust in our law enforcement mission will be held accountable." The crew also breaks down Trump's stunning history lesson from July 4th. Who knew the colonials  won independence because of an effective air defense system? Sam wraps the free half of the show asking does Nancy Pelosi's have a plan beyond punching left and scapegoating her most popular caucus members? And in the Fun Half: why Trump continues to limit asylum measures, the failures of ICE, John from San Antonio is frustrated with the lack of policy understanding from Bernie Sanders' supporters, John Delaney hides the ball on his "Better Care" plan which will not lower healthcare costs, a MAGA free speech guy says he's the first person ever banned from Tinder, Proud Boys and the cops are getting along nicely, Biden's plan for the court is no plan at all, and why Obama's vetting of Biden is all that matters in 2020, why Sam continues to dispel misinformation about Dave Rubin, what potential voters cast ballots for libertarian candidate Justin Amash, plus your calls and IMs! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks Chicago Live Show on August 24th here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with introduction by Michael Brooks! Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or via your favorite podcast app. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @majorityfm @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @BF1nn
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59 min
July 5, 2019
2126 - Trump Tanks the Fourth of July w/ Alex Pareene
Alex Pareene (@Pareene) stops by to discuss Trump's extra Freedom Fourth of July, impeachment, the democrats, and more! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Get your tickets to the TMBS Chicago Live Show here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with introduction by Michael Brooks! Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or via your favorite podcast app. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @majorityfm @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @BF1nn 7/5 Casual Friday: Mid-Year Report! ft. Alex Pareene
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51 min
July 3, 2019
2125 - End of Term SCOTUS Review w/ Matt Ford
On today's show, The New Republic's, Matt Ford (@fordm), joins us to review the Supreme Court's latest term. Broadly speaking the term was mixed bag, with some small victories for the court's liberals, but mostly the court maintained its steady slide towards conservatism. While Republican presidents have appointed more justices over the past 50 years, those appointments have never been as conservative as Trump's appointments, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh. Ford believes that this Roberts court will become more conservative in the years to come. Ford and Sam review the Court's ruling on Kisor v. Wilkie, where the court decided not to overturn "Auer deference" where "courts defer to federal agencies’ reasonable reading of ambiguous regulations." While this sounds like a victory at face value a liberal court would not take it up in the first place. Ford explains in Elena Kagan's 5-4 majority opinion "added a five-part test that will give judges more room to scrutinize those regulations." And Roberts added to the majority opinion that the ruling would not impact the Chevron deference which conservative legal scholars have been railing against for decades. Sam and Ford then discuss the gerrymandering case (Rucho v. Common Cause) and census citizenship question case (Department of Commerce v. New York) and what those rulings will mean for the future of our democracy. Ford does not see a silver lining in the case of Rucho v. Common Cause beyond state supreme courts stopping gerrymandering. The GOP has been very explicit in its attempts to gerrymander its way to power in states like Wisconsin and the Supreme Court has now ruled that it cannot enforce gerrymandering guidelines. Granted, the Supreme Court did not entirely implode this term since it did not rule in favor of the Trump administration and the Commerce department on the citizenship question, and are now dropping the campaign to add the citizenship question to the 2020 census. Ford and Sam conclude with a look towards the court's next term including positive developments in criminal justice reform. And in the Fun Half: the MSM is a little too excited to say Bernie is done, Third Way thinks anyone can beat Trump... except Sanders, Bernie's huge rally in Iowa City, assessing our biases, the NYT Sydney Ember problem, empathy and logic on the left, Dan Crenshaw picked a bad time to say the border situation is not true, Glenn Beck thinks migrants would prefer to sleep on the desert floor than the squalor DHS facilities, Lou Dobbs is hyped about the Trump July 4th militaripalooza, Meghan McCain feels like a "caged animal," how would progressives work with Biden, plus your calls and IMs! Check out today's sponsor: NetSuite, by Oracle: the business management software that handles every aspect of your business in an easy to use cloud platform and gives you the visibility and control you NEED to GROW: NetSuite.Com/MAJORITY  Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Get your tickets to the TMBS Chicago Live Show here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with introduction by Michael Brooks! Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or via your favorite podcast app. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @majorityfm @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @BF1nn  
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61 min
July 2, 2019
2124 - Biased: Uncovering The Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See w/ Jennifer L. Eberhardt
On today's show, Jennifer L. Eberhardt, author of, Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, And Do. Dr. Eberhardt's take a look at the difference between what we understand in our culture as racism and the implicit biases we pick up within our society.  Through extensive studies including both clinical and social studies, Dr. Eberhardt addresses how racial bias is not restricted to a few bad actors but is present at all levels of society in media, education, and business. Sam and Eberhardt also discuss the plasticity of the brain and how exposure to diversity can help dispel bias and our seemingly innate prejudices. Eberhardt explains how her studies can be applied to larger systemic problems of bias, specifically in policing and corporate culture. By showing this implicit bias through clinical testing it's easier to show how prejudice and stereotypes can be systemic, beyond personal animus, and something that be unlearned. Moving forward, is it possible to isolate these influences of bias in the first place? Eberhardt believes exposure and contact to information and a diverse population is key to unlearning bias. Sam and Eberhardt conclude their conversation with an open-ended question: if we're all biased in some way, at what point does it turn to racism? Whether or not implicit bias turns to explicit racism, it can be as harmful in a slow eroding kind of way, as it exists alongside social norms. And in the Fun Half: Bernie slides to 4th in the latest CNN poll, a breakdown of the ProPublica CPB Secret Facebook group, one bad apple does spoil the whole bunch, harrowing images and video from inside the Clint, TX Customs & Border Patrol facilities, the argument for decommodifying housing, Donald Trump has started and defeated homelessness in America, Trump reaffirms that the Census citizenship question is about denying rights to immigrants, Greg Gutfeld admits Fox would be sounding alarm bells if Obama met with Kim Jong Un, Bernie's messaging on engagement, a Jimmy Dore story, plus your calls and IMs! Check out today's sponsor: Joybird: With Joybird you get one-of-a-kind furniture crafted to your unique taste and receive an exclusive offer for 25% off your first order by using the code MAJORITY  joybird.com/MAJORITY Get your tickets to the TMBS Chicago Live Show here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with introduction by Michael Brooks! Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or via your favorite podcast app. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @majorityfm @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @BF1nn
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75 min
July 1, 2019
2123 - Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff w/ Anthony McCann
Anthony McCann, journalist and author of 'Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff,' joins us. On today's show: Joe Biden says kids in hoodies might become poet laureates and not just gangbangers. Biden re-uses gay waiter anecdote from 15 years ago. Journalist and author Anthony McCann joins us to discuss his new book, 'Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff.' In 2016, an armed group of protesters led by Ammon Bundy occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. In this book, McCann identifies numerous political currents highlighted by the incident, including: The influence of Mormonism on Bundy and the dangers of operating on pure ideology. The protesters' belief that property rights began when the US was colonized. The history of "state's rights" rhetoric and Bundy's many precedents. The surprising influence of Occupy Wall Street. The role played by the internet and privatization. On the fun half: Biden's "electability" ratings drop following debates. Kamala Harris tries to clarify m4a stance, still unclear exactly what she wants. A caller from Oregon explains how environmental regulations and welfare reform have hurt rural people in her area. Trump gives his Monday morning QB take on Kamala and Biden, says he'll introduce busing legislation. Trump asked to clarify busing legislation, clearly has no idea what it is. Ivanka Trump hangs with the grownups at G20, tries to butt into their convo. Trump says businesses are calling America "the hot show." Trump says he's talking to world leaders about new student visas: "Smart person's waivers." Tucker says it's a reality that nation leaders do need to kill people. Bernie says he's got "no problem" with Trump meeting with Kim Jong Un, but it needs to be more than a photo op. "Jews against ICE" protests at Elizabeth NJ ICE facility. Political cartoonist fired for border cartoon of Trump golfing around dead migrants. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsor: The New Yorker: Get 12 weeks for just $6, plus the New Yorker tote bag, weekly home delivery of the print edition, and unlimited access to newyorker.com – with 10-15 exclusive site-only stories every day – when you go to newyorker.com/majority and enter the code MAJORITY Get your tickets to the TMBS Chicago Live Show here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with introduction by Michael Brooks! Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or via your favorite podcast app. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @majorityfm @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @BF1nn
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85 min
June 28, 2019
2122 - Biden Self-Immolates & An Update From The Posting Wars w/ Digby & Matt Binder
Digby (Heather Parton) (@digby56) and Matt Binder (@MattBinder ) join us. On today's show: AOC explains that there's no oversight of spending on Senate bill funding ICE. Digby (Heather Parton) (@digby56) joins us to break down the latest news from Washington, including: the latest Supreme Court decisions, the Democratic debates, the new center of gravity in the Democratic Party, and how the race will change now that Biden has self-immolated in public. Also: the role of never-Trumpers and who stood out.  Matt Binder (@MattBinder ), former MR producer/contributor and host of DOOMED w/ Matt Binder, joins us. An update on alt-right online communities. How much has the "movement" been hurt by the de-platforming of prominent leaders like Alex Jones, Milo, Cernovich et. al? The decline of Breitbart. How the YouTube algorithm turns disaffected young men into Pepes and/or the Yang Gang. Ben Shapiro says conservatives can be funny, he has written spec comedy scripts. Yang claims his mic was cut during Dem debate. Kamala Harris goes after Biden about bussing, Biden defends states' rights. Brian Kilmeade almost gets it: the GOP is racist. Join MR Today! www.jointhemajorityreport.com Today’s show is sponsored by Skillshare: Go to https://skl.sh/majorityreport4 is going to get TWO whole months of totally free access to Skillshare’s entire library of super-quality online courses and tutorials. Get your tickets to the TMBS Chicago Live Show here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with introduction by Michael Brooks! Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or via your favorite podcast app. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @majorityfm @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @BF1nn
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154 min
June 28, 2019
Democratic Debate Night 2: Miami Heat Turns Up w/ the MR Crew
Good evening, welcome to the second 2020 Democratic debate watch show with the MR crew! We're live at 8:50 and will be covering the stage of former VP Joe Biden, VT Senator Bernie Sanders, CA Senator Kamala Harris, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, former CO Governor John Hickenlooper, Senator Michael Bennett, Rep. Eric Swalwell, orb mistress Marianne Williamson, and Andrew "Daddy Yangbucks" Yang. We break down the candidates' performances and look at who made a splash, who held it together, and who went down in flames. Bernie comes out strong with "healthcare is a right." Kamala Harris owns Biden on race and integration. Bernie connects abortion rights and m4a. Buttigieg addresses the shooting in South Bend. Biden fumbles and gets owned. Hickenlooper warns of the dangers of socialism, repeatedly. Marianne preaches a revolution of love. Get your tickets to the TMBS Chicago Live Show here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with introduction by Michael Brooks! Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or via your favorite podcast app. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @majorityfm @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @BF1nn
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163 min
June 27, 2019
Democratic Debate Night 1: Miami Heat w/ the MR Crew
Good evening, welcome to the first 2020 Democratic debate watch show with the MR crew! We're live at 8:50 and will be covering the stage of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, Former Obama HUD Secretary Julian Castro of Texas, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington state, Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland. We break down the candidate performances and look forward tomorrow's debate in Miami. Corey Booker has pivoted to the left and looks to be positioning himself to be a Sanders or Warren VP. Will Corey Bookers' move to the left lead to a larger left exodus in the Democratic primary? Texas Beto and National Beto are in conflict and it is not work for him. John Delaney and Amy Klobuchar are the Bash Brothers of meaningless centrism. Elizabeth Warren did not dominate as much we expected, and everyone is falling behind the Sanders movement. Join the Majority Report Today! Get your tickets to the TMBS Chicago Live Show here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with introduction by Michael Brooks! Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or via your favorite podcast app. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @majorityfm @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @BF1nn
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164 min
June 26, 2019
2121 - The Iran War Cabal & Its Proxies w/ Murtaza Hussain
Joining Michael Brooks on today's Majority Report is Murtaza Hussain to talk about the right wing's secretive efforts to start a war with Iran and the writings of the fake journalist Heshmat Alavi. On today's show: DSA-endorsed public defender Tiffany Cabán (most likely) wins Queens DA race. Murtaza Hussain (@MazMHussain), journalist at The Intercept, joins us to talk about the right wing's secretive efforts to start a war with Iran and the writings of the fake journalist Heshmat Alavi. The return of "America first" paleoconservative who advocates turning the US from an empire to a white ethno-state. How pro regime change forces faked an Iranian journalist named Heshmat Alavi. (Read Hussain's report at The Intercept.) Jared Kushner lays out plans for the future of Palestine. The Trump admin's clueless efforts to buy the Palestinians out of the hope of statehood. On the fun half: Japanese Americans protest children being moved to camps in Oklahoma. Meghan McCain makes child concentration camps at border about her and her family. Dana Loesch's Meghan McCain impression and Meghan's brunch tweet. Dave Rubin thinks government needs to intervene in the marketplace of ideas, specifically YouTube. USA women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe on going to WH: "I'm not going to the fucking White House." Gorka says the wall has to come before providing hygenic products to detainees. Trump says border conditions were worse under Obama. Dennis Prager says Google is censoring any conservative voices. Join the Majority Report Today! www.jointhemajorityreport.com Today's show is sponsored by Skillshare: Go to https://skl.sh/majorityreport4 is going to get TWO whole months of totally free access to Skillshare’s entire library of super-quality online courses and tutorials. Get your tickets to the TMBS Chicago Live Show here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with introduction by Michael Brooks! Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or via your favorite podcast app. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @majorityfm @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @BF1nn
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57 min
June 25, 2019
2120 - Thin Blue Lie: The Failure of High-Tech Policing w/ Matt Stroud
Matt Stroud (@MattStroud), author of "Thin Blue Lie: The Failure of High-Tech Policing," joins us. On today's show: Trump misnames Iran's Supreme Leader. Trump says he does not need Congress to strike Iran. Author Matt Stroud (@MattStroud) joins us to discuss his new book "Thin Blue Lie: The Failure of High-Tech Policing." While technologies like the taser were supposed to transform law enforcement for the better, in reality they've only made it "lazier, more reckless, and more discriminatory." In this book, Stroud looks at how corporate marketing tactics sold these items to police departments, and how they contributed to the mission creep and civil liberties violations on display in the modern police state. Why Andrew Yang's UBI proposal poses a danger to the welfare state. On the fun half: Project Veritas exposes YouTube and MR's conspiracy to censor right-wing ideas. John Bolton says his previous writing on regime change in Iran aren't part of his current advisory role, but he still believes them. Brian Kilmeade says CBP isn't running the Marriot or Hyatt. Lou Dobbs says there was widespread voter fraud in 2016 by "a large number of aliens." Bill O'Reilly says reparations can't happen because it will codify the idea that the US was founded by racist white men. Ilhan Omar does Sharia at Twin Cities pride parade. Beto's war tax idea. Obama campaign manager appears before health savings account investors, says m4a will not happen. Ben Stein says black people love to play the victim. Join MR Today! www.jointhemajorityreport.com Today's show is sponsored by Skillshare: Go to https://skl.sh/majorityreport4 is going to get TWO whole months of totally free access to Skillshare’s entire library of super-quality online courses and tutorials. Get your tickets to the TMBS Chicago Live Show here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with introduction by Michael Brooks! Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or via your favorite podcast app. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @majorityfm @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @BF1nn
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74 min
June 24, 2019
2119 - Bernie: Cancel All Student Debt Now! & the Barbarism of the Border Crisis
The MR Crew brings you a Monday news rundown, Bernie Sanders powerful critique of Trump's Iran war mongering and incompetence and the media's devotion to war. The humanitarian crisis at the border, the Administration and ICE lawyers defend denying basic care to children at the border. Sanders, very, very good student debt elimination bill.  Fox and Friends, can't handle Bernie's plan and its very funny. The census case and will the Supreme Court care at all about how bias they look? On The Fun Half: How would the Sanders debt plan work? Congresswoman Jayapal, thanks Sanders for being the only federal official since 2015 to discuss the student debt crisis. AOC, shares her own student debt story. Chris Hayes and liberalism. An important correction on the "Norwegian" tanker story. A mass shooting in PA, receives no attention (you will never guess why). Donald Trump lies about his Administration's concentration camps. New rape allegation against Trump. Pete Buttigieg, has no plan to deal with police abuse in South Bend and protestors know it. Trump supporters resent being asked to care about kidnapped children and your calls and IMs. Become a member of the Majority Report today! www.jointhemajorityreport.com Check out today's sponsors: Introducing Hunt A Killer: a monthly subscription game where you become a detective immersed in a murder mystery, Right now, just for our listeners you can go to HuntAKiller.com/MAJORITY for 20% off your first box and The World Health Organization has named the health epidemic of the 21st century. Do you know what it is? Stress, That’s why we’re partnering with Calm: the number one-rated app for meditation, Right now, Majority Report listeners get 25% off a Calm Premium subscription at CALM.COM/MAJORITY Get your tickets to the TMBS Chicago Live Show here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with introduction by Michael Brooks! Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or via your favorite podcast app. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @majorityfm @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @BF1nn
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60 min
June 21, 2019
2118 - Trump, The Pacifist & Deep State UFOs w/ Ana Kasparian & Corey Pein
Happy Friday! Sam is out today, Michael Brooks fills in with special guests Ana Kasparian and Corey Pein to discuss the week in news, including the growing tensions with Iran, Joe Biden's past working relationship with segregationists, and the connection between climate change, UFOs and Posadism. Greg Gutfeld: "War is like a video game, and that's good." Ana Kasparian (@AnaKasparian), host and executive producer of The Young Turks, joins Michael to break down the week in news. Trump's pull-back on war with Iran: what's going on there? How 2019 is different from 2003, when the Bush administration marched us into the Iraq War. Vanity Fair's hatchet job on Bernie, Chrissy Teigen, and how the Warren campaign should respond. How the Netflix doc "The Edge of Democracy" shows Brazil's slide into fascism. Corey Pein (@CoreyPein), author of "Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey Into The Savage Heart Of Silicon Valley" and host of News From Nowhere, joins us. What should we make of the latest declassified info on UFOs? Trump tells George Stephanopoulos he doesn't believe in aliens. Jamie explains Posadism and why it's gaining popularity at the moment. How do we prepare for the global warming crisis? Corey recommends some movies: 'Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit' (2005) and 'Hanna' (2011). Jamie recommends the TV adaptation of 'What We Do In The Shadows.' On the fun half: Laura Ingraham says conquest is just how the world works. Conservative PM drags climate protester out by neck. Moro before Senate justice committee accused of sabotaging election. Stephanie Ruhle disingenuously scolds Bernie for calling out Biden for working with segregationists on prolonging segregation. A caller relates a skirmish with Dave Rubin. Become a member of the Majority Report today! www.jointhemajorityreport.com Check out today's sponsors: Boosted has vehicle-grade electric skateboards and scooters are the modern solution to your transportation woes. Go to boostedboards.com and use the code MAJORITY at checkout to get $75 off your vehicle. Get your tickets to the TMBS Chicago Live Show here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with introduction by Michael Brooks! Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or via your favorite podcast app. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @majorityfm @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @BF1nn
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103 min
June 20, 2019
2117 - Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China w/ Leta Hong Fincher
Good Thursday morning, joining Sam on today's Majority Report is journalist and scholar Leta Hong Fincher to discuss her book,  Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China. Through interviews with feminists and other leading Chinese activists, Hong Fincher illuminates the difficulties they face and their “joy of betraying Big Brother.” Hong Fincher explains the long arch of the Chinese feminist movement in China over the last half century. Underlying the birth of the feminist movement in China was the growth of the economy alongside growing wealth inequality between men and women while moving from a planned economy to a market economy especially in housing. Changes in housing law shut women out of home ownership during one of the biggest gain in personal wealth in the history of China and the world. Beyond housing, gender discrimination in the job market and university admissions run rampant--Chinese women have to score higher on tests for college and companies can openly state "women need not apply." So how did Chinese women mobilize with the country's extensive censorship and surveillance? According to Hong Fincher, activists have been incredibly resourceful using individual accounts across China's social media platforms even while they're constantly being shut down.  For example, when "#metoo" was shut down, activists used emojis and Chinese characters that sounded like the English words, "me too." Hong Fincher goes on to explain the Feminist Five, their jailing in 2015, and how their imprisonment activated a larger feminist movement across China. Considering the Chinese government's ability to silence dissidents or imprison others (the Chinese Uyghurs) Hong Fincher explains the reason why the Feminist movement has not been imprisoned en masse is because it consists mostly of mostly educated, urban Han Chinese women, half of the country's population. Sam and Hong Fincher end their conversation considering what the feminist movement means for the China's now 2-child policy and the population concerns of the country. And in the Fun Half: Trump is glad Iran did not shoot down a manned drone and threatens Iran, hawks say Iran is working with Al Qaeda now, According to Meghan McCain she has the hardest job on TV, Ilhan Omar explains what radical love means, What the Fuck Chuck Todd lives up to his name, the Bernie Sanders email list and grassroots growth in America, how to talk about reparations for black Americans, plus your calls and IMs! Become a member of the Majority Report today! Check out today's sponsors: Hunt A Killer is a monthly subscription game where you become a detective immersed in a murder mystery. Right now, just for our listeners you can go to HuntAKiller.com/MAJORITY for 20% off your first box. Grove delivers natural brands you love like Mrs. Meyer’s, Seventh Generation, Burt’s Bees and Grove straight to your doorstep. Listeners can take advantage of this exclusive Spring offer, when you place your first order of $20! Just go to Grove.co/majority to sign up and place an order of $20 or more. Get your tickets to the TMBS Chicago Live Show here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with introduction by Michael Brooks! Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or via your favorite podcast app. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @majorityfm @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @BF1nn  
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61 min
June 19, 2019
2116 - Hawks Circle Iran, Dems Clouding M4A, & Biden's Favorite Segregationists
On today's show, the MR team discusses Trump's lonely cabinet, the State Department's threatening posture towards Iran, the state of Medicare for All's popularity, and how the Democratic Party is losing its grip on House legislation. Yesterday, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stepped down from his post after it was revealed that he and his son have a history of domestic violence. As Bolton and Pompeo ratchet up tensions with Iran, Shanahan was reportedly a check on the hawks calling for war; now with his exit, there is a vacuum in the White House and one less person on the National Security Council telling Trump that war with Iran would be catastrophic. New polls from Kaiser Family Foundation and Navigator Research show that most Democratic voters are misinformed about Medicare for All. Only a quarter of Democratic are aware that the Sanders and Jayapal bill would completely eliminate deductibles, in fact, more Republicans (28%) knew Medicare for All would eliminate deductibles. The lack of clarity on M4A is a feature not a bug in Democratic leadership. Ironically, Democrats are running again on health care, but with a message less clear than 2018's campaign to protect the ACA. The horizon has expanded for the 2020 Democratic primary, hatred of Trump and threat of losing ACA protections will not bring about the same popular mobilization as platforms that include policies like M4A, the Green New Deal, student debt relief, and $15 minimum wage. Joe Biden's Unite the Right tour through the 2020 Democratic primary continues to highlight his worst instincts. Last night, at a fundraiser in NYC, Biden stressed the need to reach out to the GOP, referencing his old Senate colleagues James Eastland and Herman Talmadge, segregationists who brought "civility" to American discourse. While Biden's staff say they lament him exemplifying segregationist, it doesn't seem like these examples will stop anytime soon. Finally, Jimmy Dore...What you doin?? And in the Fun Half: Sam gives some relationship advice to a budding UK socialist, why it's Medicare for All and not Medicaid for All, explaining the Fox News "concentration camp" concern troll and what "never again" really means, Trump's 2020 kickoff, and why Boomers love Biden, plus your calls and IMs! Become a member of the Majority Report today! Check out today's sponsors: Harry's: By cutting out the middle man, Harry’s is able to offer quality, durable blades at a fair price – just $2 per blade! go to HARRYS.COM/majorityreport to redeem your offer and let them know we sent you to help support the show. ThirdLove knows there’s a perfect bra for everyone, so right now they are offering my listeners 15% off your first order! • Go to THIRDLOVE.com/MAJORITY now to find your perfect-fitting bra. Just Coffee: Get 10% off fair trade coffee, tea, and chocolate with coupon code “majority” at justcoffee.coop. Get your tickets to the TMBS Chicago Live Show here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with introduction by Michael Brooks! Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or via your favorite podcast app. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @majorityfm @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @BF1nn    
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85 min
June 18, 2019
2115 - Republic Of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists & Their Surprising Rise to Power w/ Anna Merlan
Anna Merlan (@annamerlan), reporter at G/O Media (formerly Gizmodo Media Group), joins us to discuss her book, Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power. On today's show: Trish Regan says deep state GOP is banging war drum to make Trump look bad before 2020. Anna Merlan joins us to discuss her new book, Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power. Birtherism and how conspiracy theories have become weaponized by the powerful. Conspiracy theories in the black community and their basis in historical reality. What do conspiracy theories do for people and why do they so often go back to the Jews? Merlan's take on UFOs, Pizzagate, and Russiagate. How a more fair, just and democratic society would help stem the proliferation of conspiratorial thinking. On the fun half: Tucker Carlson says Africans at Southern border could "change US completely and forever." Laura Ingraham says Congolese are "repopulating" Portland, Maine. Stuart Varney says AOC is wrong about Amazon "starvation wages," cites wages raised by Sanders campaign. Gorka reminds caller that Trump was a Democrat during Access Hollywood hot mic. Tom Cotton says Pelosi is siding with the Ayatollahs when she says she does not want war. Rep. Katie Porter of CA joins Democrats calling for impeachment inquiry. Kyle Kashuv gets grilled on Fox News. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsors: Get 10% off AND free shipping when you use promo code MAJORITY at Brooklinen.com.• Brooklinen is SO confident in their product that all their sheets, comforters, and towels come with a lifetime warranty! Quip, and why over 1 million happy, healthy mouths do too.• Quip starts at just $25 and if you go to GETQUIP.com/MAJORITY right now, you can get your first refill pack for FREE. Introducing Hunt A Killer, a monthly subscription game where you become a detective immersed in a murder mystery: Right now, just for our listeners you can go to HuntAKiller/com/MAJORITY for 20% off your first box. Just Coffee: Get 10% off fair trade coffee, tea, and chocolate with coupon code “majority” at justcoffee.coop. Get your tickets to the TMBS Chicago Live Show here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with introduction by Michael Brooks! Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or via your favorite podcast app. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @majorityfm @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @BF1nn
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64 min
June 17, 2019
2114 - State Capture: How Conservative Activists & Big Businesses Reshaped the America w/ Alex Hertel-Fernandez
Alex Hertel-Fernandez (@awh), Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at Columbia University and author of 'State Capture: How Conservative Activists, Big Businesses, and Wealthy Donors Reshaped the American States -- and the Nation,' joins us. On today's show: Mick Mulvaney coughs through Trump's financial statement answer. Alex Hertel-Fernandez (@awh), Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at Columbia University, joins us to discuss his new book, 'State Capture: How Conservative Activists, Big Businesses, and Wealthy Donors Reshaped the American States -- and the Nation.' How a "right-wing troika" of interest groups (Americans For Prosperity, the American Legislative Exchange Council, and the State Policy Network) work together to write and pass right-wing policy. How Scott Walker exemplifies this convergence. Why hasn't the left been able to replicate these networks? The differences between how left and wing funders engage with the projects they fund. How the left could model some of its infrastructure on the right in an effort to build power in the long term. On the fun half: Trump says he will unveil a new healthcare plan for 2020 election. Israel unveils 'Trump Heights' settlement. Mayor Pete says he will keep embassy in Jerusalem if he becomes president. Andrew Yang agrees with dave Rubin that UBI is means to destroy the welfare state. NYT reporter explains how she found the youngest child separated from parents by CBP; now two years old, he can't yet walk or speak. Ben Shapiro says gay couples shouldn't adopt because there's a Mother's and Father's Day. Cops threaten to murder mother and child who took a Barbie doll from a store. Mitch McConnell explains why he will fill any 2020 Supreme Court vacancy. Pompeo says US will strike Iran if they need to protect international crude oil. GOP Senator Tom Cotton: "Unprovoked attacks" on oil tankers from Iran "warrant a retaliatory military strike." Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsors: Liquid IV: Use Liquid I.V. to fuel tough workouts, help prevent muscle fatigue, and promote healthy post- workout recovery. Right now, our listeners get 25% off at LiquidIV.com when you use my code MAJORITY at checkout.  That’s 25% off! ZipRecruiter: The ZipRecruiter app finds jobs you’ll like and puts your profile in front of employers who may be looking for someone like you. Download the free ZipRecruiter Job Search app today and let the power of technology work for you. And ExpressVPN secures and anonymizes your Internet browsing by encrypting your data and hiding your public IP address. Protect your online activity TODAY and find out how you can get 3 months free at EXPRESSVPN.com/MAJORITY. Just Coffee: Get 10% off fair trade coffee, tea, and chocolate with coupon code “majority” at justcoffee.coop. Get your tickets to the TMBS Chicago Live Show here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with introduction by Michael Brooks! Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or via your favorite podcast app. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @majorityfm @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @BF1nn
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61 min
June 14, 2019
2113 - GOP Beats War Drums & A Heaping Dose Of Reality w/ Benjamin Dixon & David Feldman
Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) and David Feldman (@David_Feldman_) join us for Casual Friday. On today's show: Trump admin beats the drum for war with Iran. Owner of the "attacked" oil tanker disputes part of US account of attack. Does Trump really want to start a war or is he just fronting? Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), host of The Benjamin Dixon Show, joins us to discuss the news from Washington. Does the Trump administration need public support to start a war with Iran? The implications of including the GOP's citizenship question on the census. Why are the Democrats hedging on impeachment when there's popular support for it? What the newly released debate stage assignments mean for the Democratic primary candidates. Comedian David Feldman (@David_Feldman_) serves the MR kiddies a heaping dose of reality about slippery slopes, existential threats, and Joe Biden's exclusive focus on Trump. On the fun half: John Hickenlooper tries to scare people away from Bernie with red-baiting crap about socialism. Bernie responds with FDR video. Hickenlooper's non-response to Bernie. Trump claims he answered all of Mueller's questions, Stephanopoulos says not on obstruction, Trump goes gangster. Gorka says you have to take oppo research if it comes from Norway. Trump claims on Fox and Friends that the electoral college favors Democrats. Lou Dobbs wants to fire the producer who failed to provide beautiful close-ups of Trump's proposed AF1 paint job. A plug for Socialism 2019. How to get active duty service members to be more progressive? Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Skillshare: And anyone who goes to https://skl.sh/majorityreport4 is going to get TWO whole months of totally free access to Skillshare’s entire library of super-quality online courses and tutorials. Just Coffee: Get 10% off fair trade coffee, tea, and chocolate with coupon code “majority” at justcoffee.coop. Get your tickets to the TMBS Chicago Live Show here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with introduction by Michael Brooks! Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or via your favorite podcast app. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @majorityfm @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @BF1nn
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103 min
June 13, 2019
2112 - Bernie Sanders on Finishing the New Deal & The Billion Dollar McKinsey Way to Save Puerto Rico w/ Andrew Rice (M)
Yesterday, after an important campaign speech in Washington, Bernie Sanders joined Sam to discuss what Democratic Socialism means in the 21st century and why freedom in America is predicated on economic Bill of Rights. Sanders looks at the biggest changes in America's history and explains why change does not happen from the top down. Instead, the key to social revolution and real change always happens from sustained grassroots efforts advocating of behalf of working people. Contributing Editor at New York Magazine Andrew Rice joins Michael Brooks to discuss his piece, "The McKinsey Way to Save an Island," on how one consultant agency is charging more than a billion dollars for expert advice on how to make the island solvent once again. Much of Puerto Rico's debt trouble stems from the byzantine status of the island's bonds which were once seen as a safe investment for investors became a playground for more "creative" bonds like a rum and sale tax bond. Over the past several decades Puerto Rico has racked up $74B in bond debt and is now bankrupt. Rice and Brooks explore how Puerto Rico's vague colony status has created a precarious legal and financial situation for the island, its government, and ultimately its people. Rice goes spares no detail when describing the austere program prescribed by McKinsey and implemented by the US government oversight board known locally as la junta.  While cuts to schools, public safety, and privatizing the electrical grid are bad on their own, it's that much worse when it looks like McKinsey stands to directly benefit from its policies in Puerto Rico via its Investment Office. Turns out that the McKinsey Investment Office was highly invested in Puerto Rican bonds dating back to the 80s! McKinsey and the Oversight Board (after an internal investigation) both claim that there is no conflict of interest between the Investment Office and the firm's role in restructuring the Puerto Rican government. Rice and Brooks consider the role of consultant firms like McKinsey in government and whether or not their work ultimately benefits the public good and what a changing public perception means for the managerial class moving forward. And in the Fun Half:  Nancy Pelosi's political malpractice, Trump's still open to opposition research from foreign countries, Tom Perez says Jay Inslee's climate debate is ultimately self serving, Marco Rubio says Democratic Socialism is incompatible with American values, Bernie channeling his inner FDR and the champions the former president's Economic Bill of Rights, Trump has another "pump me up" cabinet meeting session, Michael breaks down Lula's political prisoner status, plus your calls & IMs! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Skillshare: And anyone who goes to https://skl.sh/majorityreport4 is going to get TWO whole months of totally free access to Skillshare’s entire library of super-quality online courses and tutorials. Just Coffee: Get 10% off fair trade coffee, tea, and chocolate with coupon code “majority” at justcoffee.coop. Get your tickets to the TMBS Chicago Live Show here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. And check out Year Of Lead, a new book on Brazil with introduction by Michael Brooks! Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or on iTunes Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or via your favorite podcast app. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @majorityfm @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @BF1nn
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67 min
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