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October 15, 2019
Rachel Bitecofer (@RachelBitecofer), of the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy, joins us to discuss polls and 2020. On today's show: Mike Pompeo won't answer if he met with Giuliani in Warsaw, Ukraine quid pro quo. Rachel Bitecofer (@RachelBitecofer), of the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy, joins us to discuss polls and 2020. The effect of polarization on the electorate and how independents actually behave. Trump's win numbers and the effects of protest ballots. How Clinton lost by running a "persuasion" campaign when she should have run a turnout one. The potential impact of impeachment. How a Democrat could lose in 2020. On the fun half: Politicon publicly invites #ColdFeetCrowder to debate Sam. Trump says socialism in government in replacing American religion. Bill Barr says secularists hold all levers of culture, capital, except government. Liz Cheney says Erdogan is attacking Kurds because of impeachment proceedings. Chris Hayes defends Ronan Farrow amid NBC turmoil. CNBC anchor jokes: "Another Bernie plan, what's he after this time?" Harry Reid thinks Warren will move on Medicare for All if she needs to. Mike from PA pushes back against some of our guest's predictions. Check out today's sponsors: Brooklinen: Named the winner of the “Best of Online Bedding” category by Good Housekeeping, Brooklinen offers luxury sheets, towels, bedding and more without the luxury markup  The only way to get 10% off AND free shipping is to use promo code MAJORITY at Brooklinen.com. Babble: Choose from 14 different languages – including Spanish, French, and Italian – and speak your new language within weeks, Once you try for free and are ready to sign up, select the three-month option and Babbel will give you 3 additional months for FREE with promo code MAJORITY. Go to Babbel.com, promo code Majority.  Norton 360: It’s an all-in-one membership for your cyber safety that gives you device security, identity theft protection, a VPN for online privacy, and moreSign up today for a Norton 360 with LifeLock membership and, as our listener, you’ll save twenty-five percent or more off your first year at Norton.com/MAJORITY Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Don't forget to subscribe to Majority.FM's new morning podcast the AM Quickie! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out Michael on the Hill this morning discussing Rojava Check out Jamie's latest op-ed, "It's Not Surprising Ellen Is Friends With Bush (And Other Crimes Of Hollywood Liberalism)" at Protean Mag Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
October 14, 2019
On this Indigenous Peoples' Day show, Naomi Klein (@NaomiAKlein) returns to discuss her new book On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal. Bute before that, anthropologist and Kurdish Women's Movement Activist Elif Sarican (@elifxeyal) joins us for an update and background on the situation in Syria. The significance of women's equality to the Kurds. How are the Kurds reacting to Trump's surprise announcement and the Kurdish invasion. And Naomi Klein discusses the need to recognize we're already suffering climate crisis and need to act with more urgency. New Orleans as a case study for climate crisis. Climate barbarism: what happens when cruel societies face climate crises. Why the Green New Deal framework is needed on top of environmentalism. The threat of climate apartheid and fortress borders as a response to climate crisis. Check out today’s sponsors: Babbel is the language learning app that will get you speaking a new language quickly and with confidence. Go to Babbel.com or download the app and try it for free! Express VPN: Protect your online activity TODAY and find out how you can get 3 months free at EXPRESSVPN.com/majority QUIP: Simplify the morning and evenings with an electric toothbrush. quip starts at just $25 and if you go to GET GETQUIP.com/majority right now, you can get your first refill pack for FREE.
October 11, 2019
Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), host of the Benjamin Dixon Show, and comedian and filmmaker Tim Heidecker (@timheidecker) join us for Casual Friday. On today's show: Trump says Somalis have ruined communities, promises crackdown on refugees and immigrants. Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), host of the Benjamin Dixon Show, joins us to break down the news. Support for impeachment is rising among voters and the Democratic Party establishment is finally on board. What does it mean for strategy going forward? Trump abandons the Kurds in Syria; US and Russia veto UN Security Council's statement on Turkey's invasion of Syria. Comedian and filmmaker Tim Heidecker (@timheidecker) joins us to discuss his forthcoming movie, 'Mister America.' In this absurdist political mockumentary, Heidecker plays a bumbling failson who narrowly escapes a murder charge stemming from his EDM festival, then runs to unseat the San Bernadino county DA who tried to put him in prison. Sam then takes a walk down memory lane and plays the high concept trailer for his 1997 film, "Who's the Caboose?" On the fun half: Rand Paul gets laughed at on "The View" when discussing economic inequality. Ben Shapiro rails against public schools teaching about gay rights. Bernie addresses our healthcare system, taking on everybody in 'History Is On Our Side' Instagram video. Durbin questions Neomi Rao, Trump's pick for DC circuit court, on her past writings about race. PG&E blackout map. Trump says he's not corrupt like Biden because he doesn't care about money, and "no one has ever heard the word emoluments before." Trump attacks Ilhan Omar as 9-11 minimizer, anti-Semite. Plus, your calls and IMs! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsor: Embark Vet: Developed by doctors and veterinarians, Embark tests for over 250 breeds and 170 genetic health conditions, Go to Embarkvet.com and use promo code MAJORITY to save 15% off your Dog DNA Test Kit • That’s Embarkvet.com with the promo code MAJORITY. Become a member of the Majority Report today! Don't forget to subscribe to Majority.FM's new morning podcast the AM Quickie! Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America featuring guests Matt Christman, Virgil Texas, Leslie Lee III & Comrade Barbie at Littlefield NYC on Saturday, October 12 here! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out Michael’s latest piece in Jacobin Rojava. Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
October 10, 2019
Good morning, this Thursday is another Sam/Michael hybrid episode. Today's show features an interview Sam recorded with Iowa University Law Professor Sarah Seo about her latest book, Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom. Sam and Seo discuss how the rise of personal automotive transportation led Americans to expect and accept a seemingly ever-growing police state in America. Michael will host the Fun Half. We're live at noon EST. Become a member of the Majority Report today! Don't forget to subscribe to Majority.FM's new morning podcast the AM Quickie! Check out today's sponsors: Hunt A Killer is the murder mystery subscription box that immerses you in an ongoing detective experience. Right now, just for our listeners, you can go to HuntAKiller.com/majority for 20% off your first box. Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America featuring guests Matt Christman, Virgil Texas, Leslie Lee III & Comrade Barbie at Littlefield NYC on Saturday, October 12 here! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out Michael’s latest piece in Jacobin, “How Bernie Sanders Should Talk About Venezuela and US Intervention in Latin America” Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
October 9, 2019
Happy Yom Kippur! It's a Michael/Sam hybrid Wednesday featuring a recent interview Sam did with former North Carolina Representative Brad Miller on his latest piece in the American Prospect, "The 40-Year War: William Barr’s long struggle against congressional oversight." On today's show: Bernie announces he's reducing number of 2020 campaign events. Bradley Miller, former House Rep. from North Carolina's district 13, joins us to discuss his latest piece in the American Prospect, "The 40-Year War: William Barr’s long struggle against congressional oversight." In this piece, Miller explains how the US Attorney General and others on the right have sought to concentrate authority in the presidency and strip power from the legislature. Through this history, he contextualizes Trump's sweeping claims to unlimited executive power. On the fun half: A caller describes her political journey and the crew discusses the failures of 1960s counterculture. World of Warcraft gamer Blitzchung calls for Hong Kong liberation. Joe DiGenova slams "illegitimate" impeachment inquiry that "violates due process." Turkish jets taking off in Diyarbakir for Northern Syria. Ecuador protests in Quito. Steven Reed becomes first black mayor of Montgomery, Alabama. Jesse Lee Peterson makes Cameo video about BETA Crowder's cold feet! Become a member of the Majority Report today! Don't forget to subscribe to Majority.FM's new morning podcast the AM Quickie! Check out today's sponsors: With Blinkist, you get unlimited access to read or listen to a massive library of condensed nonfiction books. Go to Blinkist.com/MAJORITY to try it FREE for 7 days AND save 25% off your new subscription. Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America featuring guests Matt Christman, Virgil Texas, Leslie Lee III & Comrade Barbie at Littlefield NYC on Saturday, October 12 here! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out Michael’s latest piece in Jacobin, “How Bernie Sanders Should Talk About Venezuela and US Intervention in Latin America” Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
October 8, 2019
The MR crew breaks down the news. On today's show: Fox News: Charles Payne wants college players paid, Bill Hammered disagrees. Schiff responds to WH withholding Sondland testimony. Schiff says Sondland has text messages the State Dept is withholding. 2012: Trump on Turkey: "I have a little conflict of interest...It's called Trump Towers." Ron Johnson attacks press over Trump's Ukraine actions, deflects to 2016. On the fun half: Ben Shapiro says Trump has no plan. Scott Walker and Pete Hegseth discuss Eric Holder's redistricting project "coup." Ellen Degeneres explains why she's friends with George W. Bush. Ellen show title on YouTube: "This photo of Ellen & George Bush will give you faith in America again." Eric Weinstein welcomes Ellen to the IDW. Bernie leave house for the first time since heart attack. Chris Morris on comedy in the Trump era. Trump says the military was out of ammunition when he came into office. A personal account of the situation on the ground in Syria. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsor: Visit Capterra dot com slash MAJORITY for free, today, to find the tools to make an informed software decision for your business. Capterra.com/majority Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America featuring guests Matt Christman, Virgil Texas, Leslie Lee III & Comrade Barbie at Littlefield NYC on Saturday, October 12 here! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out Michael’s latest piece in Jacobin, “How Bernie Sanders Should Talk About Venezuela and US Intervention in Latin America” Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
October 7, 2019
Ian Haney López (@IanHaneyLopez), Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California, Berkeley, joins us to discuss his book, 'Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America.' On today's show: Brian Kilmeade is upset US is abandoning Kurds in Syria. Ian Haney López (@IanHaneyLopez), Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California, Berkeley, joins us to discuss his book, 'Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America.' For the last half a century, the right has been running on coded and not-so-coded appeals to white identity politics, and the Democratic Party has not always known how to respond. Speaking with racial justice leaders, union organizers, and data scientists all over the country, Haney López builds the case that racial justice and economic prosperity must be combined into one message if the left wants to win back power in the US. On the fun half: Report: voters in black neighborhoods wait an average of 29% longer. Thursday: Trump calls for investigation into Bidens by Ukraine and China. Rubio says Trump calling for China investigation was just him messing with the media. Jim Jordan refuses to give a straight answer on whether Trump should ask China to investigate political opponents. Jim Jordan accuses media and Democrats of performing "mental gymnastics" to make impeachment inquiry stick. Anthony Scaramucci records Cameo for #coldfeetcrowder. A caller on libertarian socialism. Doug Henwood's impeachment take. Timeline: declining share of taxes for America's richest. Meghan McCain speaks her truth on the Ben Shapiro show. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsors: Liquid IV: listeners get 25% off at LiquidIV.com when you use my code MAJORITY at checkout. • That’s 25% off ANYTHING you order on Liquid I.V.’s website! ZipRecruiter: See why ZipRecruiter is effective for businesses of all sizes, Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at our web address: ZipRecruiter.com/majority  Babbel is the language learning app that will get you speaking a new language quickly and with confidence. Go to Babbel.com or download the app and try it for free! Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America featuring guests Matt Christman, Virgil Texas, Leslie Lee III & more at Littlefield NYC on Saturday, October 12 here! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out Michael’s latest piece in Jacobin, “How Bernie Sanders Should Talk About Venezuela and US Intervention in Latin America” Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
October 4, 2019
Virgil Texas (@virgiltexas) from Chapo Trap House joins us for a freebie Friday. On today's show: FEC chair Weintraub writes letter clarifying laws on foreign interference in elections. 4Doc on text messages from members of the Intelligence, Oversight and Reform, and Foreign Affairs Committees. Virgil Texas (@virgiltexas) from Chapo Trap House joins us to break down the news. Impeachment: how Trump's current predicament compares to Watergate. Rep. Lee Zeldin contradicts publicly available info on foreign interference. Warren, Sanders release numbers; Bernie ahead of Warren. What to make of the Eric Levitz's recent analysis of Bernie vs. Warren? Kevin Sorbo on Coldfeet Crowder. Reporters filmed the encounter between NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, a Sikh, and a man in Montreal, Quebec. AOC town hall in Corona, NY crashed by LaRouche supporter on climate change and eating babies. Jacob Wohl's performance art on Cougar Liz. Rubio comments on Ukraine story. Senior Trump policy advisor Peter Navarro with Jim Scuitto on CNN newsroom, gets indignant when asked about Trump looking for help from China. Trump this morning in front of the chopper, says "you'll have to ask AG Barr if there's an investigation into Biden," but he's interested in fighting corruption. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Today's sponsors: One of today’s sponsors is Newsvoice, which is the first-ever entirely open, crowdsourced, and democratized platform for news. And you can download the app for free at https://newsvoice.com/app/Majority Babbel is the language learning app that will get you speaking a new language quickly and with confidence. Go to Babbel.com or download the app and try it for free! Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America featuring guests Matt Christman, Virgil Texas, Leslie Lee III & more at Littlefield NYC on Saturday, October 12 here! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out Michael’s latest piece in Jacobin, “How Bernie Sanders Should Talk About Venezuela and US Intervention in Latin America” Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
October 4, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: A stunning new report claims Trump removed the Ukrainian Ambassador because Rudy Giuliani said she was interfering with his investigation into Joe Biden.  Meanwhile, here comes another one! A new whistleblower from inside the IRS says the Treasury Department tried to interfere with an audit of Trump’s tax returns. And lastly, progressives warn of a stealth privatization effort by the White House as Trump signs an executive order aimed at undermining the Medicare for All movement.  And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: CNN reports that President Trump mentioned the political prospects of Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren in a June 18 phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping. During the call, Trump reportedly told Xi that he would stay quiet about the violent Hong Kong protests as trade talks between the two countries progressed From the BBC; Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam invoked emergency powers to ban face masks at the city’s pro-democracy protests, threatening offenders with one year in jail if they prevent themselves from being identified by police. Bernie Sanders will participate in the next Democratic primary debate later this month, an aide confirmed Thursday, while the Vermont senator's wife reported that he is “up and about” following a heart procedure that forced him off the campaign trail. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is expected to announce his resignation next month. Sources tell Politico that Perry’s exit is unrelated to Ukraine, however, the energy secretary is the subject of two congressional subpoenas targeted at Rudy Giuliani efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden and his son.
October 3, 2019
Good morning, Eric Levitz joins the Majority Report to discuss his essay in New York, "The Bernie vs. Warren Debate We Need," and provide some clarity to the intra-left "Bernie or Warren" discourse. Sam and Levitz begin their conversation exploring the idea that "the American left's bark is louder than its bite." The left has helped shift the country's political discussion in the past several years and has gotten the ear of mainstream political elites and media, but it does not have the institutional power held by centrist Democrats like Schumer, Manchin, and Tester. Levitz argues that there's a gulf between the elite media discourse (which is young and left) and institutional power (which is old and rural) in terms of their desired goals and deliverable actions. Shifting gears, Sam and Levitz discuss the apparent differences between Sanders and Warren. For Levitz, it's not apparent that Sanders would stretch executive power more than Warren. The distinction worth making is that the two progressive frontrunners will push progressive policies through executive action more so than the leading centrist candidate Joe Biden. Sam also explains the political stakes of a Bernie Sanders presidency, and its commitment to a principled policy like Medicare for All. Calling for a vote on real progressive policy will draw more apparent distinctions within the Democratic party. Sam and Levitz conclude their conversation considering what constitutes the Democratic party now and what it would take to build a broader coalition of Democratic voters moving beyond 2020.  And in the Fun Half: we have the president of Finland ask him a question, Trump would investigate the Bidens if he were Zelensky, Trump has decided his foreign policy actions in the Ukraine are now perfectly lawful, Corey Lewandowski is drunk on Fox Business News, the Blaze's Dave Rubin defends Jordan Peterson's enforced monogamy, the courtroom scenes from the Amber Guyger sentencing, the Ghost of Retroactively Classified documents calls from San Antonio, Ken Langone thinks Bernie Sanders wants to shoot him, Beto goes after Mayor Pete, but Yang is now the premier skater in the Democratic field, plus your calls and IMs! Subscribe to the new Majority.FM Morning Podcast, the AM Quickie! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Today's sponsors: One of today’s sponsors is Newsvoice, which is the first-ever entirely open, crowdsourced, and democratized platform for news. And you can download the app for free at https://newsvoice.com/app/Majority Babbel is the language learning app that will get you speaking a new language quickly and with confidence. Go to Babbel.com or download the app and try it for free! Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America featuring guests Matt Christman, Virgil Texas, Leslie Lee III & more at Littlefield NYC on Saturday, October 12 here! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out Michael’s latest piece in Jacobin, “How Bernie Sanders Should Talk About Venezuela and US Intervention in Latin America” Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
October 3, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop Reminder, this is the last week you'll find the AM Quickie in your Majority Report feed. So go to AMQuickie.com and subscribe today! TODAY'S HEADLINES: It was only a matter of time! Trump’s loyal number 2, Mike Pence, finds himself caught up in impeachment. Meanwhile, House Democrats threaten to subpoena the White House as they get ready to launch a new phase of the impeachment inquiry.  And lastly, the cruelty is the point; Trump considers making it nearly impossible for unaccompanied children to apply for asylum in the United States.  And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: A new USA Today poll finds that Americans now support impeaching Trump by 45% - 38%, and, more interestingly, 45% of Americans now support Trump’s conviction and removal by the Senate while just 35% do not.  New York Times reports that the White House is moving to begin collecting DNA samples from hundreds of thousands of people booked into federal immigration custody each year for entry into a national criminal database. A 37-year-old man from Cameroon died in US Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody Tuesday after suffering a brain hemorrhage, according to Congressional documents obtained by BuzzFeed News. And some very important breaking news from The Wrap dot com; Conservative commentator Todd Starnes’ contract at Fox News is not being renewed. Starnes removal comes a few days after he said on his radio program on Monday that Democrats do not believe in the Christian God and instead may worship Moloch, a pagan god often associated with child sacrifice.
October 2, 2019
On today's show: Bernie campaign announces his stent procedure. Sunday: Pompeo says he didn't hear Trump's call with Ukraine president Zelensky. Tuesday: Pompeo admits he was on the call with Zelensky. Gorka is in Rome with Pompeo, reveals the Obamagate house of cards is collapsing. Kevin McCarthy gives GOP's worst defense of Trump's convo w/ Zelensky. Ainsley Earhardt says Americans can't follow how Trump, Giuliani and Bill Barr are connected. On the fun half: Warren vs. Bernie on taking corporate PAC money. Sam reveals the Crowder files! Jake Tapper alludes to Ohio state pedophile coach when discussing facts with Jim Jordan. Anand Giridharadas says taking back power is a zero sum game. Chris Coons says history won't look back fondly on a diverse democracy. The crew gives Jeff in Georgia tips on middle class values. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Today's sponsors: 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 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 Calming Comfort:  The Calming Comfort Weighted Blanket comes with a 90-day, anxiety-free, best-sleep-of-your-life guarantee from Sharper Image. Go to CalmingComfortBlanket.com and use Promo Code MAJORITY at checkout to receive fifteen percent off the displayed price! Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America featuring guests Matt Christman, Virgil Texas, Leslie Lee III & more at Littlefield NYC on Saturday, October 12 here! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out Michael’s latest piece in Jacobin, “How Bernie Sanders Should Talk About Venezuela and US Intervention in Latin America” Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
October 2, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop Reminder, this is the last week you'll find the AM Quickie in your Majority Report feed. So go to AMQuickie.com and subscribe today! TODAY'S HEADLINES: ecretary of State Mike Pompeo reject Democrats demands for State Dept. officials’ testimony in impeachment depositions scheduled for this week. Meanwhile, billionaire Tom Steyer launches a $3 million pro-impeachment ad campaign that will target vulnerable Republican Senators running for reelection in 2020.  And lastly, the New York Times reports that Trump has suggested shooting migrants in the legs and filling a moat with snakes or alligators to help stop immigration. And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee raised a massive $125 million in the third quarter. For perspective; over the equivalent period in 2011, President Obama raised nearly $70 million for his re-election campaign.  Politico reports that House investigators are looking into an allegation that groups — including at least one foreign government — tried to ingratiate themselves to President Trump by booking rooms at his hotels but never staying in them. Three House committee chairmen sent a letter addressed to Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan on the grounds that the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “now appears to have an obvious conflict of interest,” the Wall Street Journal reports. Pompeo’s participation in the call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president, the lawmakers wrote, renders him a witness in the congressional impeachment inquiry, and as a result, “he should not be making any decisions regarding witness testimony or document production in order to protect himself or the president. And finally, Rudy Giuliani wants to sue congress. That’s right, Trump’s bumbling lawyer told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham that he wants to bring a lawsuit against House Democrats for investigating the president in the wake of revelations involving Trump's interactions with Ukraine.  Ingraham called Giuliani’s proposal “novel” before ending Rudy’s legal fantasy when she reminded the former Associate Attorney General that members of Congress have immunity for anything they say on the floor.
October 1, 2019
Marshall Steinbaum (@Econ_Marshall), assistant professor of economics at the University of Utah, joins Sam to discuss his latest piece in Current Affairs, "Cancelling Student Debt Reduces the Racial Wealth Gap." Michael Brooks hosts the fun half. On today's show: Worker says he's going broke due to healthcare costs on his union plan, Amy Klobuchar responds that it's most important to let workers keep the plans they fought for. Marshall Steinbaum (@Econ_Marshall), assistant professor of economics at the University of Utah, joins Sam to discuss his latest piece in Current Affairs, "Cancelling Student Debt Reduces the Racial Wealth Gap." In this piece, he lays out what student debt cancellation would mean for the economy and why progressives should be suspicious of anyone who calls it "regressive." On the fun half: Yang's antiracist message and appeal to material interests are convincing 2016 Trump voters. Ro Khanna explains the difference right now between Bernie and Warren. A plug for the "1 million calls for Bernie" campaign. Get involved at berniesanders.com/call! Jamie answers a question on libertarian socialism. Bernie calls on young voters to change the course of the country. Pelosi backs Henry Cuellar over Justice Democrats' candidate Jessica Cisneros. James Mitchell, architect of CIA torture, says Trump is getting a raw deal like he did. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com The AM Quickie has its own feed! Add it to your podcast library now! Check out today's sponsor: With Blinkist, you get unlimited access to read or listen to a massive library of condensed nonfiction books. Go to Blinkist.com/majority to try it FREE for 7 days AND save 25% off your new subscription. 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 is offering you valuable insights with a FREE guide – “Seven Key Strategies to Grow your Profits” at NetSuite.com/MAJORITY Babbel is the language learning app that will get you speaking a new language quickly and with confidence. Go to Babbel.com or download the app and try it for FREE! Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America at Littlefield NYC on Saturday, October 12 here! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out Michael's latest piece in Jacobin, "How Bernie Sanders Should Talk About Venezuela and US Intervention in Latin America" Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
October 1, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop Reminder, this is the last week you'll find the AM Quickie in your Majority Report feed. So go to AMQuickie.com and subscribe today! TODAY'S HEADLINES: Bernie Sanders raises a massive $25.3 Million in the third quarter - - possibly the largest haul from any 2020 candidate so far. Meanwhile, CNN and The New York Times report that AG Bill Barr actually asked Trump to get Australia to help him review the origins of Special Council Mueller’s probe. And lastly, a bunch of new polls are out and they’re showing a net 20-point swing in favor of impeaching and removing the Mad King from office. And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: Michigan Live reports that negotiations on a new contract for hourly General Motors workers restarted Monday after “positive signs.” GM workers continued pickets and became eligible to collect strike pay as well on Monday, Sept. 30, the fifteenth day of a nationwide strike by more than 49,000 union members against automotive giant. A report by ABC News found between 2013 and 2017 more than 25,000 children under the age of 10 were arrested in the United States.  That number skyrockets for children between the ages of 10 to 12, to over 225,000 arrested during the same five-year time span. And Republican Congressman Chris Collins is resigning his House seat ahead of guilty plea to insider-trading charges The New York Republican, among Trump’s earliest endorsers, called the charges against him ‘meritless’ but is scheduled to change his plea Tuesday afternoon.
September 30, 2019
Thom Hartmann (@Thom_Hartmann), progressive radio host and author, joins Sam to discuss his latest book, The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America. Michael Brooks hosts the Fun Half for members. On today's show: Robert De Niro says "fuck em" to Fox News. Thom Hartmann (@Thom_Hartmann), progressive radio host and author, joins Sam to discuss his latest book, The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America. While the Supreme Court frequently strikes down laws, that power was not part of its originally intended purview. In this book, Hartmann traces the history of the SCOTUS and "judicial review" as a concept, and argues why and how the citizens of the US should take back this power for themselves. Tulsi talks with Modi. How should Bernie's latest polls make us feel at this point in the primary? Emily Tisch Sussman says supporting Bernie over Warren shows your sexism. Harvey Weinstein calls Bernie sexist during 2016 campaign. Barbados PM calls for Venezuelan autonomy. The crew advises a caller on dealing with a neoliberal professor. Pete Buttigieg goes to UAW picket, totally blending in. Plus, your calls and IMs! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com The AM Quickie has its own feed! Add it to your podcast library now! Check out today's sponsor: QUIP: Simplify the morning and evenings with an electric toothbrush. quip starts at just $25 and if you go to GET GETQUIP.com/majority right now, you can get your first refill pack for FREE. CARIUMA wants the shoes you wear to be made responsibly, feel crazy comfortable, and provide effortless style. Go to cariuma.com/majority to get 15% off. Joybird gives you one-of-a-kind furniture crafted to your unique taste. Get 25% off your order and see how Joybird can help you design your dream space, and make furniture your own at joybird.com/majority25 Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America at Littlefield NYC on Saturday, October 12 here! Check out Michael's appearance on the Hill TV here! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
September 30, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop Reminder, this is the last week you'll find the AM Quickie in your Majority Report feed. So go to AMQuickie.com and subscribe today! TODAY'S HEADLINES: Trump quotes a mega-church pastor on Fox News who warned of civil war if the President is impeached. Meanwhile, a new study warns that big banks are offloading risky mortgages onto taxpayers as the climate crisis threatens to put many of those homes literally underwater. And lastly, a federal judge blocks a Trump administration regulation would that keep migrant families to be detained for lengthy periods of time. And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: A new poll released by CBS News shows a majority of Americans and a supermajority of Democrats surveyed support an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump. The poll shows 55% of respondents approve of the impeachment inquiry, while 45% disapprove.  The New York Times reports that Joe Biden’s presidential campaign has sharply scaled back his online advertising, cutting spending so severely since August that he is now investing only a fraction of what his top rivals are on Facebook and Google, the two dominant internet platforms. From Politico: A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration’s effort to expand use of a process that fast-tracks undocumented immigrants for deportation without the involvement of immigration courts. And the AP reports that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is denying a journalist’s claim that Johnson grabbed her thigh at a private lunch two decades ago.  Sunday Times columnist Charlotte Edwardes says the incident took place when she worked at The Spectator, a conservative newsmagazine, while Johnson was its editor.  Johnson also is under scrutiny for claims that an American businesswoman, Jennifer Arcuri, received money and perks from London coffers while Johnson was mayor of the British capital.
September 27, 2019
Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan), columnist and senior contributor at The Intercept, joins us. On today's show: Schiff asks why WH saw whistleblower complaint first, Maguire says it's unprecedented situation. Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan), columnist and senior contributor at The Intercept, joins us to talk impeachment: The Democratic base wants it, but Pelosi and co are trying to rush it after fighting against doing it at all. Why are the Democrats being so squeamish? Some possible explanations. The political and moral case for impeachment. The role of Barr in covering up corruption. The role of Kurt Volker. The political perils of not impeaching. Mitch McConnell stands in the way of marijuana banking bill. On the fun half: Schiff characterizes Trump Ukraine transcript. Trump tells audience at UN that whistleblower should be punished for treason. Mike Quigley asks why State Dept. deputized Rudy Giuliani to handle Ukrainian diplomatic contact. Laura Ingraham asks Rudy why the State Dept. deputized him to deal with Ukraine. Dem Peter Walsh asks about the problem of Barr being at center of investigation. Tucker Carlson makes fun of Shep Smith, "dayside" Fox News. Imran Khan calls out US war efforts in Middle East, says US infrastructure sucks. How Bernie supporters should talk to Yang and Warren supporters. Plus, your calls and IMs! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsor: Visit www.movaglobes.com/majority and use the code majority for 10% off your purchase Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America at Littlefield NYC on Saturday, October 12 here! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
September 27, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: Trump is caught on tape suggesting that the whistleblower who filed a complaint against him should be executed. Meanwhile, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means is reportedly sitting on another explosive whistleblower complaint - - this one alleging that Trump attempted to influence an IRS audit of his tax returns. And lastly, chaos at Fox News, where management is divided over whether to stay loyal to Trump heading into impeachment. And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: A new Morning Consult poll finds 43% of Americans support the start of an impeachment in inquiry, up 7 points from a weekend survey. The New York Time reports the Trump has decided to slash the American refugee program by almost half. The administration said it would accept 18,000 refugees during the next 12 months, down from the current limit of 30,000 and a fraction of the 110,000 President Barack Obama said should be allowed into the United States in 2016, his final year in office. Also from the Times; Allies of Joe Biden, reportedly concerned about his slipping poll numbers, are weighing whether to mobilize a super PAC supporting Mr. Biden and have held conversations with wealthy donors to gauge their interest in contributing money.  A new study from Science Advances warns that severe climate related droughts could threaten 60% of the global wheat crop by 2100.  And finally, a new LA Times poll finds that Trump is on track for the poorest showing by a Republican presidential candidate in California since the Civil War. According to the poll, just 29% of likely California voters say they plan to vote for Trump, compared with 67% who say they do not.
September 26, 2019
Michael Brooks is joined by two guests this Thursday on the Majority Report: Author and historian Cal Winslow joins the program to discuss his piece about the ongoing protests by Blackjewel Kentucky miners, "No Neutrals in Harlan County." And Djene Bajalan also joins the program to discuss the Trump administration's plans to pull grant funding from UNC and Duke's joint Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies. On today's show: Zelensky says he was not pushed by Trump, doesn't want to be involved in upcoming elections. Author and historian Cal Winslow joins the program to discuss his piece about the ongoing protests by Blackjewel Kentucky miners, "No Neutrals in Harlan County." How Blackjewel stiffed their workers this time around and what workers are doing about it. The history of labor struggle in Harlan County and United Mine Workers' history as an industrial union. The openings Winslow sees in the current labor movement and the importance of bottom-up, rank and file organizing. Djene Bajalan (@djenebajalan) also joins the program to discuss the Trump administration's plans to pull grant funding from UNC and Duke's joint Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies. How Betsy Devos and co are actually chilling free speech on college campuses despite all the noise about SJWs. Plus: analysis of the situations in Iran and Kashmir. On the fun half: Maguire explains why he did not share whistleblower complaint. What's the best way to address criticisms Warren supporters make of Sanders? Trump suggest "fellas, work it out" diplomacy for Kashmir. Snowden on DNI whistleblower and the state of whistleblowers in US government. Vijay Prashad on imperialism in Trump's UN address. Group of Democrats sign letter urging better Brazil policy. Fox hosts lose it when accused of aping talking points from White House. Warren calls Medicare-for-all a "framework" without details. Plus, your calls and IMs! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsor:  Cariuma marries old school designs with new-school ethics. They want the shoes you wear to be made responsibly, feel crazy comfortable, and provide effortless style Reminder to our NY listeners: the deadline to register to vote in the presidential primary is October 11! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America at Littlefield NYC on Saturday, October 12 here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
September 26, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: The Washington Post reports that the acting director of national intelligence threatened to resign if he couldn’t speak freely before Congress on whistleblower complaint Meanwhile, a new report claims the whole Ukraine scheme began as effort to pardon former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort!  And lastly, Trump’s pick to lead the Fish and Wildlife Service is linked to Monsanto AND anti-animal-protection groups. And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: An adviser to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky told ABC News that Trump’s desire for the two leaders to discuss a possible investigation into Joe Biden was a precondition for their July 25th phone call. Said the adviser: “It was clear that Trump will only have communications if they will discuss the Biden case. This issue was raised many times. Ukrainian officials understood.” Newsweek is reporting that several prominent progressive groups are calling on House Democratic leadership to cancel a planned congressional hiatus for the first two weeks of October in order to help fast track House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. A review of ad data by Sludge dot com finds that Facebook has accepted millions of dollars in advertising fees from hate groups and hate figures despite its anti-hate speech policy. And BuzzFeed News reports that Trump's own lawyers suggested Democrats would have a stronger case to get his records if they were pursuing impeachment.   
September 25, 2019
On today's show, Executive Editor of the American Prospect, David Dayen (@ddayen) joins the Majority Report to premiers the American Prospects new vertical, "The Day One Agenda." In it Dayen and other leading progressive media figures examine how a Democratic president can change the American state of affairs from day one in the executive office without resorting to abusing its authority. Sam and Dayen review some of the actions a Democratic president can take in January 2021 including a public bank option, enforce strong anti-monopoly measures through the FTC, legalizing marijuana, and cancel student debt. Sam and Dayen also discuss the House Democrats decision to begin an official impeachment inquiry, Nancy Pelosi's strategy, and why the Democrats have pivoted away from only concerning the House with "responsible governing." Check out the American Prospect series, The Day One Agenda here.  And in the Fun Half: White House talking points are out in the open for all of us to see, Sam and Michael share their thoughts on how the impeachment inquiry will play out, Nate Silver reckons with losing his luster, Rudy Giuliani explains why he is the fall man for the Trump administration, flashback to William Barr's testimony on Trump administration investigations, Hogan Gidley tries out the first round of White House talking points to cool impeachment fervor, so does Kevin McCarthy, meanwhile Mark Sanford is in Iowa talking to college students about the national debt and deficit, plus your calls and IMs.  Check out today's sponsor: Blinkist: With Blinkist, you get unlimited access to read or listen to a massive library of condensed non- fiction books, Go to Blinkist.com/majority to try it FREE for 7 days AND save 25% off your new subscription Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Reminder to our NY listeners: the deadline to register to vote in the presidential primary is October 11! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America at Littlefield NYC on Saturday, October 12 here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
September 25, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: Nancy Pelosi announces a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump and progressives demand the Speaker cancel recess to hold a vote as soon as possible.  Meanwhile, Joe Biden’s poll numbers plunge as Elizabeth Warren takes the lead for the first time in a new national poll. And lastly, a new UN Climate Report says the future looks pretty terrible for Earth’s oceans And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: Trump is already fundraising off House Democrats’ announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry. “I’VE DONE NOTHING WRONG. TRUST ME, YOU’LL SEE THE TRANSCRIPT,” the email read. Politico reports that Tulsi Gabbard and Tom Steyer have qualified for the next Democratic presidential primary debate. Both candidates earned 2 percent support in a new poll in New Hampshire, enough to secure a spot on the stage in Ohio next month. The Washington Post reports about a half-million students could lose access to free school meals under a Trump administration proposal to limit the number of people who qualify for food stamps. The move is drawing protests from congressional Democrats who say it will harm needy schoolchildren. And Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has declared a four-month ban on the sale of any vaping products in the state on Tuesday, The Boston Globe reports. The ban, which is believed to be the first state-wide one in the U.S., will reportedly apply to sales of tobacco and marijuana e-cigarettes, and will take effect immediately. 
September 24, 2019
Brian Rosenwald (@brianros1), Coeditor-in-Chief of “Made by History,” a daily Washington Post history section, joins us to discuss his book, Talk Radio’s America: How an Industry Took Over a Political Party That Took Over the United States. On today's show: Hannity and Giuliani reveal how State Dept. asked Rudy to go to Ukraine on behalf of American government. Trump says foreign aid is only an issue because European countries don't contribute enough to Ukraine. Ro Khanna says WaPo op-ed by seven freshman Dems was a game-changer in the Dem caucus w/r/t impeachment. Brian Rosenwald (@brianros1), Coeditor-in-Chief of “Made by History,” a daily Washington Post history section, joins us to discuss his book, Talk Radio’s America: How an Industry Took Over a Political Party That Took Over the United States. The historical background of AM talk radio and Rush Limbaugh's rise. The financial incentives for politically homogenous programming. How Limbaugh influenced Newt Gingrich, who influenced the entire GOP. How Bush I was forced to kiss the ring. The birth of Sean Hannity. Why Air America failed. Impeachment is finally happening: here's why it's bad for Joe Biden. Biden pitches Iowa swing voters: "It's up to them." On the fun half: Trump says the media and academic institutions are threatening our history in low-energy UN speech. Trump says globalist SJWs are enabling human trafficking. Trump flubs religious freedom talking point. Reaction shot of people who work for Trump, including a sleeping Wilbur Ross. KT McFarland says it was Trump's "best speech ever." Trump says he would've won the Nobel Prize if it was awarded fairly. Michael Knowles says Greta Thunberg is mentally ill. Laura Ingraham compares Greta Thunberg to children of the corn. Stuart Varney asks if wealth tax and taking rich people's money will help poor people. A call from Bull Prog, composer of the "MR fun" fun half song. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsors:  Go to Embarkvet.com and use promo code MAJORITY to save 15% off your Dog DNA Test Kit. • Discover your dog more than fur deep. Reminder to our NY listeners: the deadline to register to vote in the presidential primary is October 11! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America at Littlefield NYC on Saturday, October 12 here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
September 24, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: A new report says Trump personally ordered a hold on Ukrainian military aid as Nancy Pelosi finally starts looking into impeachment.  Meanwhile, centrist think tank Third Way is testing attacks on Medicare For All with help from some friends of Joe Biden. And lastly, New York prosecutors reject Trump's “sweeping immunity” claim against a subpoena for his tax returns. And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: Officials in Afghanistan told CBS News Monday that dozens of civilians were killed during a raid on Taliban hideouts by U.S. and Afghan special forces in the southern province. Bernie Sanders released a plan that seeks to cancel $81 billion in past-due medical bills for Americans, and a new Capitol Weekly poll in California finds Elizabeth Warren leading the Democratic presidential field with 29%, followed by Sanders at 21% and Joe Biden at 18%. The Trump administration will effectively will end “catch and release” - the practice of detaining migrant families before releasing them into the U.S. while they await an immigration court hearing. And Bill Weld, longshot candidate for the GOP nomination for president, accused Donald Trump of "treason" for pressing Ukraine's President to investigate Joe Biden and stated bluntly that the penalty for treason in the United Staes, “is death."
September 23, 2019
On today's show, Robert Kuttner (@rkuttnerwrites) founder of The American Prospect joins the Majority Report to discuss his new book, The Stakes: 2020 and the Survival of American Democracy.  Kuttner and Sam begin their conversation considering the Trump presidency in terms of his cabinet members. Kuttner says the "establishment" cabinet members that have left were the primary actors keeping Trump from enacting his most anti-democratic policies. Kuttner believes that without a robust economic progress Democratic opponent in 2020, Trump will win a second term and dismantle American democracy beyond repair. While Trump appears to be a unique threat to democracy, Kuttner argues that Democrats have been equally bad in presenting an alternative vision. Democrats got into bed with Wall St under the Clinton and Obama administration which helped lay the groundwork for a Trump presidency that tied racial resentment to economic anxiety borne out of the great recession. Looking ahead to next year's election, Kuttner and Sam discuss the latest Iowa polling showing Warren's momentum growing, and how the Trump/Biden race looks now that the Ukraine whistleblower story is all over the headlines. Considering the prisoner's dilemma of the Sanders and Warren campaigns, Kuttner and Sam speculate on what happens to the progressive left if and when the teams begin to attack one another. The two conclude their interview considering what the best way to manage capitalism under a future left-progressive presidential administration, how Democrats should proceed with impeachment and the possibility of a brokered convention in Milwaukee next summer.     And in the Fun Half: Nancy Pelosi's "Dear Colleague" letter, Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani aren't quite on the same page about using aid to bribe Ukraine's president, Greta Thunberg exposes the hypocrisy of today's world leaders, Keeanga Yamatta Taylor shares her thoughts on black support for Bernie Sanders, Democrats are not suited to advocate for their constituents, dealing with political dissent amongst friends, starting a progressive media platform, plus your calls and IMs! Check out today's sponsors: Brooklinen: 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! Hunt A Killer, the murder mystery box that immerses you in an ongoing experience, Right now, just for our listeners you can go to Hunt A Killer dot com slash MAJORITY for 20% off your first box. That’s HuntAKiller.com/majority for 20% off your first box. Kettlebell Kitchen knows that meal planning isn’t “one-size fits all,” which is why they offer a personalized solution, Go to kettlebellkitchen.com and enter code MAJORITY for $50 off your first two orders for new customers. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Reminder to our NY listeners: the deadline to register to vote in the presidential primary is October 11! Check out Sam on The Hill's Rising this morning! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America at Littlefield NYC on Saturday, October 12 here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
September 23, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: Impeachment is now looking very likely after Trump admits he talked to Ukraine about investigating Biden.  Meanwhile, Trump plans to hold a religious freedom event at the UN on the same day world leaders gather there for an important climate summit.  And lastly, the GOP has internal data that shows any ban on vaping could destroy their hopes Trump winning reelection in 2020.  And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: A New York judge has fined a Queen’s landlord $17,000 for threatening to Call ICE on a tenant. Lawyers for the city’s human-rights commission said they believe the case is first in the U.S. where an individual was penalized for threatening to call immigration authorities. Politico reports that Trump’s reelection campaign team is growing increasingly worried about a repeat winning performance in Michigan, considered the “crown jewel” of his 2016 victory. The concern illustrates how Trump’s support in Rust Belt states that propelled him to the presidency is evaporating.  An eight-vehicle motorcade for Vice President Mike Pence drove onto Michigan’s Mackinac Island on Saturday, where cars have been generally banned for over a century. The motorcade angered locals, as well as observers on social media, including Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who called the the long line of black SUVs “disgusting”. And global women's rights advocates raised alarm Monday after a leaked letter showed the Trump administration is pressuring U.N. member nations to join an international anti-abortion coalition. The letter, first reported by the Guardian and set to be presented Monday during a U.N. General Assembly meeting on universal health coverage, urges nations to oppose the creation of "a new international right to abortion."
September 20, 2019
Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), host of the Benjamin Dixon Show, joins us to break down the news, and we get on on the ground report from the Climate Strike! On today's show: Fox News question why students are marching, Trump campaign member says they're compelled. Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) joins us to break down the news. Adam Schiff reads from intel community IG letter regarding whistleblower. Why is Pelosi flubbing the impeachment issue? What are the intra-left squabbles? Who's voting Biden and how to get them to vote for Bernie? Why did the WFP endorse Warren? Chief youth correspondent Myla Seder joins us with a live, on-the-ground report from the scene of the climate strike. The size of the march, the signs. How much are kids talking about climate change? Spoiler alert: a lot. On the fun half: Billy Bragg vs. Eric Weinstein on the topic of free speech. Weinstein goes on Rogan, complains about Sam's treatment of Dave Rubin. Delaney says we need to work with GOP on carbon tax to save the environment. Former CMS official explains why public option won't relieve healthcare costs. Mayor Pete goes after Warren on healthcare plan, says she's evasive. Labor Secretary nominee Eugene Scalia evades question on paycheck fairness legislation. Dan Crenshaw ignores and hides from vets who question his support of Trump. Ben Shapiro laments Oxford English Dictionary adding "they/them" as a pronoun. Instances of Ben Shapiro using "they" as singular. Straight pride parade press conference. Straight pride parade cost Boston PD nearly $700,000 in overtime. Trump says the whistleblower is a partisan whistleblower, his conversation with Ukraine was "a beautiful conversation." Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsors: ZipRecruiter: Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at our web address: ZipRecruiter.com/majority And Visit www.movaglobes.com/majority and use the code majority for 10% off your purchase. With over 40 different designs including world maps, outer space, and famous artworks, there’s something for everyone. Reminder to our NY listeners: the deadline to register to vote in the presidential primary is October 11! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America at Littlefield NYC on Saturday, October 12 here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
September 20, 2019
  Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: Amid new reports that a high-level whistleblower complaint against Trump centers on Ukraine, Rudy Giuliani tells CNN, ‘Yeah, I asked Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden. So what?!’  Meanwhile, Colt, maker of the AR-15, is suspending its production of the rifles for civilians,  calling the move a “market-driven decision.”  And lastly, prominent black leaders prepare to condemn attacks by Bernie Sanders supporters amid the fallout of the Working Families Party’s endorsement of Elizabeth Warren. And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: The number of birds across North America has dropped by nearly 3 billion since 1970, according to a report Thursday from Science Magazine. That's a 30 percent reduction in the populations, marking what National Audubon Society President David Yarnold calls, “a full-blown crisis." Annual complaints to government intelligence watchdog hotline have more than doubled since Trump took office. According to public records numbers for the latest fiscal year are on pace to be even higher.  Washington Post reports that Housing Secretary Ben Carson warned of “big hairy men” trying to gain admittance to women’s homeless shelter during his San Francisco HUD office visit. Three people present at the meeting told the Post that the comment was an attack on transgender women. The Bernie Sanders’ campaign is urging the Democratic National Committee to demand that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo approves legislation to extend the state’s deadline to change party registration, which is less than a month away.  And sevens months from his announcement, Bernie has become the first 2020 candidate to reach 1 million donors. It took Sanders nine months to hit a million the last time around, and it took Hillary Clinton almost a year to reach the milestone in 2016.
September 19, 2019
Writer and television producer Natalie Shure joins Michael Brooks on today's Majority Report to discuss her latest piece in the Jacobin, "Elizabeth Warren's Health Care Plan Still Leaves a Lot of Unanswered Questions." Michael and Natalie begin their conversation considering the ways politicians have described Medicare for All as anything but a single-payer system that is free at the point of service. Despite previously endorsing Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All bill, Warren's new plan for Medicare for All remains murky. Warren's strategy as it exists now does not mention eliminating cost-sharing. According to Natalie, "while single-payer shifts costs entirely into taxes, plans that maintain cost-sharing redistribute those costs more heavily onto people with greater care needs — disproportionately sicker and poorer people and women." A big sticking point for Natalie in the healthcare discourse is the word choice of politicians who refer to reforms as "access to affordable health insurance." This is not the language of candidates who are interested in creating a robust public institution, like Medicare for All, but rather the message of candidates create a more efficient market that should be reformed but not abolished. Considering all this, do voters think that Warren will fight for a vigorous Medicare for All while she hedges her language on healthcare and has pledged to make government corruption her primary campaign concern. Michael and Natalie end their conversation looking back at the Obama administration's existential fight to get the ACA passed in 2010. Remember, the ACA was initially proposed with a public option only to strip that away and then watered-down by lobbyists and health insurance special interests in DC. It will take a grassroots, continued effort from voters, pressuring their representatives to pass a Medicare for All option because the insurance industry will throw everything it has at stopping Medicare for All.  And in the Fun Half: updates from Oklahoma and Kashmir, the pedantry of the MR university, how to protect unions and expand them beyond 2019, how Bernie plans to help workers in the executive office, Michael goes deep on Bernie's housing plan, how to convince Warren supporters of Bernie's positions, the possibility of single-payer healthcare, Andrew Yang calls for the decriminalization of all drugs, Mayor Pete still wants to pay premiums, plus your calls and IMs! Become a member of the Majority Report at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Reminder to our NY listeners: the deadline to register to vote in the presidential primary is October 11! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America at Littlefield NYC on Saturday, October 12 here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
September 19, 2019
TODAY'S HEADLINES: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calls the attack on Saudi Arabia “an act of war.” Meanwhile, an alarming “promise” made by Trump to an unknown foreign leader is reportedly what sparked the high-level whistleblower complaint that is currently being kept from Congress. And lastly, a day after Trump denigrates the homeless, Bernie Sanders unveils a $2.5 trillion Housing For All Plan. And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: Politico reports that Speaker Nancy Pelosi has told Democrats that Corey Lewandowski deserved to be held in contempt of Congress, “then and there,” for his combative performance before the House Judiciary Committee.  Businessman Daniel McCarthy, who is running for Senate in Arizona against Martha McSally, suggested this week that the US should annex Mexico. McCarthy says doing so could solve the nation’s immigration problem. The AP reports that Israel is preparing for the prospect of a third election on Thursday, two days after an unprecedented repeat election left neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor his rivals holding a clear path to a coalition government. And a new Fox News poll finds 59% of voters are extremely interested in the 2020 presidential election. That’s 27 points higher than around this same time in the last presidential cycle — and only one point off the record 60% extremely interested the week before Election Day in 2008.
September 18, 2019
On today's show, the MR crew brings you the news and in the fun half, singer, songwriter and activist Billy Bragg (@billybragg) joins us! On today's show: Bret Stephens says US military should strike Iran's navy. Judiciary counsel asks Lewandowski about truthfulness of TV appearances and testimony to special counsel regarding Mueller investigation, Lewandowski admits to lying on TV. Counsel asks Lewandowski why he enlisted Rick Dearborn to speak to Sessions. USDA getting rid of health inspectors in certain meat processing plants. Boris Johnson attempts photo op in children's ward, gets called out by dad for NHS cuts. Ro Khanna explains why M4A is essential for bargaining like UAW. Sara Nelson says UAW has one of the best health plans in the country but management can still hold it hostage. As elections begin, Netanyahu fear mongers that Arab turnout is high. A report from the scene of the UAW strike. On the fun half (which is a FREEBIE today): Singer, songwriter and activist Billy Bragg (@billybragg) joins us to talk about his series of political pamphlets, "The Three Dimensions of Freedom." Fire as metaphor for capitalism. What "freedom" means to Bragg. The hypocrisy of free speech warriors who can't take criticism. The need for movements and vehicles of accountability. Biden says child tax credit will "put 720 million women back in the workforce." Former ICE director Tomas Homan argues for private prisons, because they are more efficient. Naomi Klein warns against eco-fascism and the far right co-opting climate change. A caller pranks Sam. Become a member of the Majority Report at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsor: Hunt A Killer is the murder mystery box that immerses you in an ongoing experience, Right now, just for our listeners you can go to HuntAKiller.com/MAJORITY for 20% off your first box Reminder to our NY listeners: the deadline to register to vote in the presidential primary is October 11! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America at Littlefield NYC on Saturday, October 12 here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn Watch the full episode here!
September 18, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: General Motors cuts off healthcare for 50,000 striking Union workers, a move that exposes the systemic inhumanity of the American healthcare system. Meanwhile, New Mexico announces a bold new plan to provide free college for residents regardless of family income. And lastly, Arizona progressives are looking to censure their Trump-loving Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema. And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are tied for first place among Democratic primary voters in California, while home-state Sen. Kamala Harris is running in a distant fifth, according to a new poll. The Emerson University survey released Tuesday shows Biden and Sanders leading the pack in California with 26 percent support each, followed by Elizabeth Warren at 20 percent. No other candidate secures double-digit support in the poll. CNN reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's grip on power seems to be slipping after Israeli media projected him neck-and-neck with centrist rival Benny Gantz, following a re-run general election on Tuesday. And the Department of Justice is trying to get the profits from Edward Snowden’s new book. The DOJ filed a lawsuit on Tuesday alleging Snowden violated a nondisclosure agreement he signed while working with the government.
September 17, 2019
Bhaskar Sunkara (@sunraysunray), founder of Jacobin Magazine and author of 'The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality,' joins us. On today's show: UAW workers explain bargaining demands to CNN anchor. Bhaskar Sunkara (@sunraysunray), founder of Jacobin Magazine and author of 'The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality,' joins us to talk socialism. The difference between a democratic socialist and a social democrat and the idea of worker control. Historical examples of social democracy in action. Which sectors should the state control, and which should the workers? A brief response to the left-critiques of market socialism. How does democratic socialism fit into the left's current political project? Where do race and "status" fit in? On the fun half: Trump asks campaign advisor Steve Cortes how he looks so WASPy and if he likes the Hispanics or the country more. Asked about the UAW GM strike, Trump says he's got the workers' support. WFP director explains why party endorsed Warren over Sanders. Chris Coons explains (walks back) his call to strike Iran. Ben Shapiro says nobody has yet described Kavanaugh's penis. Ben Shapiro time travels back to the '90s, says rap isn't music. Steven Crowder's bonkers gun insurance commercial. A caller recounts how MR helped him leave the Yang gang. TI asks Candace Owens which era of American history was so great for black people that she wants to bring it back. Become a member of the Majority Report at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Reminder to our NY listeners: the deadline to register to vote in the presidential primary is October 11! Check out today's sponsor: Blinkist, you get unlimited access to read or listen to a massive library of condensed non- fiction books: Go to Blinkist.com/MAJORITY to try it FREE for 7 days AND save 25% off your new subscription. Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America at Littlefield NYC on Saturday, October 12 here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
September 17, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: 80,000-plus unionized Kaiser Permanente healthcare employees plan to strike in October; the biggest labor action in the United States in over 20 years. Meanwhile, the House Oversight Committee is investigating Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for a potential conflicts of interests between her official role and her family’s shipping company. And lastly, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office subpoenas the last eight years of Trump's tax returns in its criminal investigation into the Trump Organization. And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: ProPublica reports that Trump’s National Labor Relations Board is attempting to cut Obama-era protections for millions of temporary workers a d fast-food workers.  The Working Families Party endorsed Elizabeth Warren for the Democratic presidential nomination on Monday. Bernie Sanders finished second in the WFP's ranked-choice endorsement system between five candidates, according to the New York Times. The Women's March revealed Monday that three founding board members who have been accused of anti-Semitism, financial mismanagement, and other detrimental behavior are being replaced by 16 new board members from across the U.S.  And Edward Snowden said Monday that he would return to the United States if afforded a fair trail where the American public could hear why he leaked global surveillance documents to the press.
September 16, 2019
Award-winning investigative reporter Ben Westhoff joins us to discuss his book, 'Fentanyl, Inc: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic.' On today's show: Flashback: Kavanaugh lying to Blumenthal about "Renata Alumnus" yearbook. Bethany Mandel defends Kavanaugh putting his penis in Debie Ramirez's face. Roommate Avi Smolen says Mandel is not remembering correctly. Author and investigative reporter Ben Westhoff joins us to discuss his book, 'Fentanyl, Inc: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic.' While heroin deaths have gone down in recent years, deaths from fentanyl and other drugs continue to climb. "Synthetic" drugs like K2, whereby chemists continuously change a drug's molecular make-up to stay a step ahead of the law, are also a problem. For this book, Westhoff investigated this phenomenon in detail, speaking with users, dealers, and law enforcement, even going so far as to pretend to be a drug dealer so he could tour the Chinese chemical factories that sell the precursors to fentanyl and other drugs. To fight overdose deaths, he recommends decriminalization, supervised injection facilities, free testing strips, and other harm reduction measures. Dave Rubin finally blocks Sam; the crew looks back on the good times. On the fun half: Chris Coons and Kilmeade come together for war with Iran. Brian Kilmeade says we must protect the world's oil supply. Schiff says intel director's refusal to reveal a whistleblower complaint is "deeply troubling." 2017: Biden retells the Corn Pop saga at Wilmington pool. Bernie explains fair housing and real estate reform. Chris Christie says Bernie was "visually unappealing" during debate. Buttigieg doesn't want policies that will "polarize" the country. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com.  Check out today's sponsors: Harry's, Claim your special trial offer by going to Harrys.com/majorityreport You’ll get a weighted ergonomic handle for a firm grip, 5-blade razor with a lubricating strip and trimmer blade. Express VPN: Protect your online activity TODAY and find out how you can get 3 months free at EXPRESSVPN.com/majority Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America at Littlefield NYC on Saturday, October 12 here! Check out Jamie’s write-up of the 2019 DSA convention at Commune Magazine Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
September 16, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: Several Democratic presidential candidates call for Brett Kavanaugh to be impeached after new allegations of sexual misconduct against the Supreme Court Justice. Meanwhile, a new poll from CBS News finds that a majority of Americans want climate change to be addressed immediately. And lastly, Purdue Pharma, the pharmaceutical company that raked in billions by addicting Americans to opioids is filing for bankruptcy.  And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: Politico is reporting that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have warned Donald Trump that any firearm legislation that falls short of universal background checks for gun sales “will not get the job done.” The hard line from Democratic leadership comes as negotiations continue between the president and a group of rank-and-file senators. A Census Bureau report found that the number of uninsured in the U.S. rose by 1.9 million people in 2018, which the Associated Press reports could be linked to Trump’s persecution of undocumented immigrants. The Census report found that the Hispanic community was the only major racial and ethnic category with a significant increase in their uninsured rate. The Trump administration has released satellite photographs that it claims prove Iran was behind an attack on a Saudi oil field over the weekend. The Houthi militia, which operates in Yemen, has claimed responsibility for the strikes and Tehran has denied any involvement. And nearly 50,000 members of the United Auto Workers walked off General Motors factory floors or set up picket lines early Monday as contract talks with the company deteriorated into a strike. The AP reports that workers shut down 33 manufacturing plants in nine states across the U.S., as well as 22 parts distribution warehouses. 
September 13, 2019
Digby (@digby56) and comedian and prank call master Chris James (@theCJS) join us for Casual Friday. On today's show: Biden's teeth fall out. Digby (@digby56) of Salon.com joins us to break down the Democratic primary debates. The Democratic Party's move to the left. Biden's awful reparations answer. Jorge Ramos asks Bernie why he won't call Maduro a dictator. Beto explains why AR-15 will be a mandatory buyback. NRA Magazine in 1962: AR-15 "for military purposes." Jamie gives her take on Beto's framing. Chris James (@theCJS), comedian and host of the Not Even A Show show on YouTube, joins us to talk pranking right wing media, including: Curt Schilling, JJ McCartney, Roger Stone on Infowars, and the deplorable who shut down his whole call-in operation afterwards. On the fun half: Warren and Bernie explains the false choice of taxes vs. cost of healthcare. Biden says taxes will go up under Medicare for All. Warren and Bernie ask who likes insurance companies and paying premiums. Biden explains how his Medicare Choice opt in would work. Julian Castro responds to Biden's opt in, asks "Did you just forget what you said minutes ago?" Trump shares dystopian plan to "clean up" homelessness. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com.  Check out today's sponsor: Mova Globes: With over 40 different designs including world maps, outer space, and famous artworks, there’s something for everyone. Visit www.movaglobes.com/majority and use the code majority for 10% off your purchase Get involved with Close The Camps NYC's non-violent direct action this coming weekend at closethecampsnyc.com or visit closethecamps.us to find actions in your area! Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America at Littlefield NYC on Saturday, October 12 here! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out Jamie’s write-up of the 2019 DSA convention at Commune Magazine! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
September 13, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: During last night’s democratic debate in Houston, Joe Biden got roughed up so badly the poor guy’s teeth fell out! Meanwhile, The Supreme Court’s Chief Justice John Roberts reportedly changed his vote at the last minute to keep Trump’s notorious census citizenship question. And lastly, Trump’s ruthless war on the environment continues as the administration announces the repeal of Obama’s Clean Water Act. And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: The Republican-controlled Senate committee on Thursday rejected Democratic attempts to cut Trump’s latest border wall request and prevent him from again funding the project without congressional approval. Politico reports the U.S. Air Force has lodged crews at Donald Trump’s Scotland resort up to 40 times since 2015.  Although the number does not indicate how many of those trips occurred after Trump became president, crews of up to 40 people have stayed at the resort in at least four visits since September 2018. Gregory Cheadle, the black man President Trump once described at a rally as “my African American,” has decided to leave the Republican party and run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as an independent in 2020, according to PBS NewsHour. 
September 13, 2019
The remaining Democratic presidential candidates face off in the third primary debate. The MR crew does running commentary as Julian Castro, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O'Rourke, Cory Booker, Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Joe Biden face off about climate change, healthcare, education, gun control, foreign policy, racial justice and more. Will anyone stand out in a way that's persuasive? Will ABC's moderators ever call on Bernie? Find out at twitch.tv/themajorityreport.
September 12, 2019
Joining Michael Brooks today on the Majority Report is Daniel Bessner (@dbessner) to discuss his latest piece in the New Republic, "The Fog of Intervention." In it, Bessner explores Samantha Power's new memoir and diplomatic career leading Obama's foreign policy at the United Nations. On today's show: Trump says vaping is dangerous and Melania has a son "together." Daniel Bessner (@dbessner) joins us to discuss his latest piece in the New Republic, "The Fog of Intervention." In it, Bessner explores Samantha Power's new memoir and diplomatic career leading Obama's foreign policy at the United Nations. In her book, "A Problem From Hell: America in the Age of Genocide," she laid out the case for a kind of humanitarian interventionism that led to some of the worst foreign policy disasters in the Obama administration. Bessner lays out the problems with her approach and concludes with a few points on how Bernie Sanders' foreign policy presents a true vision of anti-imperialism. On the fun half: Morning Joe endorses Biden because of electability: "best bet." Natural resources defense council staffer explains the water crisis in Newark. Brian Kilmeade says college sports are over if athletes get paid. Palestinian human rights attorney explains Israeli annexation plans. Tulsi "both sides" the situation in Kashmir. Stuart Varney says Warren would redistribute aid to workers. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsor: Hunt A Killer is the murder mystery box that immerses you in an ongoing experience. Right now, just for our listeners you can go to HuntAKiller.com/MAJORITY for 20% off your first box. Get involved with Close The Camps NYC's non-violent direct action this coming weekend at closethecampsnyc.com or visit closethecamps.us to find actions in your area! Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America at Littlefield NYC on Saturday, October 12 here! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out Jamie’s write-up of the 2019 DSA convention at Commune Magazine! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
September 12, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: North Carolina Republicans take exploiting 9/11 to a new low as the vote to override a budget veto in half-empty Assembly during a September 11th remembrance. Meanwhile, the Daily Beast reports that Trump is thinking about giving a $15 billion bailout to Iran. I think I can actually hear John Bolton’s head exploding. And lastly, the Israeli government is accused of planting a mysterious spy devices near the White House in order to capture Donald Trump’s cell phone contents.  And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: Newsweek reports that ICE is building a state-of-the-art urban warfare training facility that will simulate homes in Chicago and the Arizona area.  The Supreme Court says Trump block migrant asylum claims at the border. Now, in order for Central American migrants to apply for asylum, they must now apply — and be denied — asylum in Mexico first. CNN reports the Trump administration is considering destroying homeless encampments in California and moving residents to “facilities”. A group of White House officials are on what the call a “fact-finding trip” in Los Angeles this week. And Bernie Sanders leads Joe Biden in New Hampshire, according to a new Franklin Pierce University-Boston Herald poll released on Wednesday. The poll shows that 29 percent of likely Democratic voters in the first primary state said they support the Sanders, while 21 percent are backing Biden and 17 percent in favor of Elizabeth Warren.
September 11, 2019
The Majority Report crew brings you the day's top stories with special guest Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst). On today's show: Tucker says John Bolton is "a man of the left." Rudy Giuliani pays tribute to 9/11 and America with fashy video from vet apparel company. AOC calls for impeachment vote for the record, calls out Pelosi. North Carolina redistricting is a literal lottery drawing. Dan Bishop hits all the right wing talking points at Monday Trump rally. Nomiki on which voters can be swayed to go for Bernie. On the fun half: CNBC anchors share banks' fears of Elizabeth Warren presidency. Demonstrators outside Chris Coons' office to protest Steven Menashi judicial appointment. A Marxist-Leninist caller questions the likelihood that we can use our current liberal democracy to save the world. M4a advocate Ady Barkan questions Kamala Harris on her Medicare plan. Supporters of AB-5 cheer victory for app-based workers in CA capitol. On the possibility of future terror attacks, Trump threatens force greater than nuclear weapons. Ayanna Pressley on debt despair suicide and debt crisis. Become a member of the Majority Report at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsor: Joybird empowers you to create the furniture and space that keeps those summer vibes flowing all year long. See how Joybird can help you design your dream space, and get 25% off your first order with the code "MAJORITY25" at joybird.com/majority25 Get involved with Close The Camps NYC's non-violent direct action this coming weekend at closethecampsnyc.com or visit closethecamps.us to find actions in your area! Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America at Littlefield NYC on Saturday October 12 here! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday November 23rd (the weekend before thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out Jamie’s write-up of the 2019 DSA convention at Commune Magazine! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 on the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
September 11, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: Republican Dan Bishop, the anti-trans bathroom-bill guy, narrowly wins last night’s special election in North Carolina.  Meanwhile, the census finds that the number of Americans without health coverage is growing despite a strong economy. And lastly, United Nations investigators say U.S.-led forces may have committed war crimes in Syria. And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: A report from NBC News reveals that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been blocking state law enforcement agencies from investigating student loan service companies by refusing to provide states with information relating to allegations of illegal activity in multiple states. The Washington Post reports that the Trump administration’s plan to overhaul the housing finance system will make mortgages more expensive for minority borrowers and aspiring homeowners in the South, the Midwest and rural communities. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds Trump is falling badly behind all of the leading Democratic contenders. At the top is Joe Biden who leads Trump by 15 points, Bernie Sanders by nine points, and Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris both have a seven-point edge over the president. And a new CNN poll finds 60% of Americans say Donald Trump doesn’t deserve to be re-elected. Trump’s approval rating remains about where it was in mid-August, with 39% approving of the job he’s doing and 55% disapproving.
September 10, 2019
Peter Edelman (@peterbedelman), Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy and the faculty director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center, joins us to discuss his book, Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America. On today's show: Trump says Bahamas refugees need paperwork for visas because "very bad people" will come. Peter Edelman (@peterbedelman), Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy and the faculty director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center, joins us to discuss his book, Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America. Despite being one of the richest countries on earth, America often treats its poorest citizens like criminals. In this book, Edelman traces the history of programs designed to help the poor and what went wrong in the neoliberal era that policymakers began criminalizing poverty and denying poor people, particularly poor people of color, the chance to get ahead. On the fun half: Trump fear mongers about sanctuary cities, refugees, and voter fraud. John Bolton fired! Brian Kilmeade reads a text where he claims he resigned. The crew debates a libertarian caller. Trump says he will release "extremely complete" financial statements before 2020 election. Laura Ingraham doesn't expect NFL player to defend black college athletes who have been exploited by college athletic system. CAP lays off, replaces entire unionized news room; Neera Tanden tweets supporting unions through the years. Valerie Plame's spy movie 2020 Congressional race ad is crazy. A plug for WYOSayNo!, a progressive activist org in Wyoming. Check you today's sponsors: Liquid IV, can provide the same hydration as drinking 2-3 bottles of water,listeners get 25% off at LiquidIV.com when you use my code MAJORITY at checkout. And,  Capterra: is the leading, free online resource to help you find the best software solution for your business. Visit Capterra.com/MAJORITY for free, today, to find the tools to make an informed software decision for your business. Become a member of the majority report here  Get involved with Close The Camps NYC's non-violent direct action this coming weekend at closethecampsnyc.com or visit closethecamps.us to find actions in your area! Get your tickets to the Goth Socialist Variety Hour w/ The Antifada and Pod Damn America October 12 at Littlefield NYC here! Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday November 23rd (the weekend before thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out Jamie’s write-up of the 2019 DSA convention at Commune Magazine! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 on the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
September 10, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop   TODAY'S HEADLINES: The United States is forced to pull an elite spy out of Moscow after Trump gave classified information to the Russians during an Oval Office meeting. Meanwhile, almost every state in the Union is investigating Google now, sharply escalating the regulatory scrutiny facing the tech giant. And lastly, tonight’s $20 million special election in North Carolina could be a preview of the bloodbath Republican are facing in 2020.  And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: Former congressional candidate Jon Ossoff said he will challenge Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue of Georgia. Ossoff says he will expand the network of supporters who helped him raise roughly $30 million in a 2017 special election he lost to Republican Karen Handel. The Intercept has revealed that a Koch owned data mining company has been helping GOP candidates win elections by flooding voters with anti-immigrant online messages.  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced the Trump administration is considering “Tax Cuts 2.0” ahead of the 2020 presidential election…  And a new poll from ABC News and the Washington Post finds that 60% of Americans believe a recession is coming next year, helping to drop Donald Trump’s job approval rating down to 38%.
September 9, 2019
Good morning, journalist Christopher Leonard joins Sam to discuss his new book The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America. Join us at noon ET. Leonard's latest work has received high praise from leading journalists like Jane Mayer and Bryan Burrough because of its exhaustive research into the Koch's incredible private business network that exists across all planes of American life. Leonard explains how the Koch's business portfolio and its commodity research put the family business in the middle of all American life, from the things we buy to the government that legislates our society. Sam and Leonard explore the contradictions at the heart of the Koch family's libertarian philosophies, where the Kochs are the entrenched status-quo benefiting from government environmental policies and government subsidies which allow their oil refineries to thrive. Another foundational element of the Koch Brothers success is its status as a private company. Charles Koch never needed to answer to shareholders and could reinvest profits into the company, buy competitors, and enter new industries essential to American consumers. Sam and Leonard conclude their discussion examining the anti-union practices designed by Koch Industries and how those methods have increased worker productivity and reduced real wages over the past three decades. Looking towards the post-Charles Koch Industries, Leonard believes the future is still uncertain. While Charles' son Chase seems groomed for the next generation of Koch leadership, Leonard also thinks Charles' thinking has been embedded in the company's culture and will live on well after the longtime CEO's death.  And in the Fun Half: CBP and USCIS test a border shutdown scenario with Bahaman refugees, Mike Pompeo threatens Taliban with war, Ben Shapiro says we can't make policy because of personal or moral failings, the case for reparations in 2019, the latest polls and reading the tea leaves of Biden's campaign, the popularity of the Green New Deal, what the next recession might look like, Pam Anderson explains her support for Julian Assange on The View, Elizabeth Warren pivots away from questions about her foreign policy and military budget votes, Mark Sanford thinks conservatives will vote for him in a 2020 GOP primary because of the deficit, a gun goes off outside an Alabama HS football game and we're freer than ever, plus your calls and IMs! Become a member of the Majority Report today, join here! Check out today's sponsors: Blinkist: Blinkist is an app that compiles the key takeaways from thousands of nonfiction books: Go to Blinkist.com/MAJORITY to start your free 7-day trial and 25% off your first year! Quip is the remarkably simple electric toothbrush created by dentists and product designers to focus on what actually matters for your oral health:  starts at just TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS and you’ll get your first refill FREE at GETQUIP.com/majority Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday November 23rd (the weekend before thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out Jamie’s write-up of the 2019 DSA convention at Commune Magazine! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 on the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
September 9, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: The US Air Force admits their crews have been staying a Trump's struggling Scottish resort a lot more since he became president. Meanwhile, Corey Lewandowski is set to become the first Trump associate to have a public hearing with House Judiciary Committee. And lastly, Hong Kong warns the United States Congress to stay out of their affairs after thousands of demonstrators march on the U.S. Consulate on Sunday to appeal for support from Washington. And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford formally announced his bid to challenge President Donald Trump for the White House on Sunday. He faces long odds in a fractured Republican Party. CNBC reports that JPMorgan has created an index to track and quantify Trump’s tweets and their impact on bond volatility and the financial market. Reuters is reporting that nearly a week after Hurricane Dorian made landfall, some 70,000 people are in need of food and shelter. Private forecasters estimated that some $3 billion in insured property was destroyed or damaged in the Caribbean. And lastly, a Texas man was arrested in New York City on Saturday after he attacked the famous Wall Street bull with homemade banjo while screaming 'Fuck Donald Trump,' leaving a hole in its horn.
September 6, 2019
Vox's Dave Roberts (@drvox) and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) join us for Casual Friday. On today's show: Biden wants to bring back CAFE standards at CNN town hall, spins his wheels, rambles. Vox's Dave Roberts (@drvox) of Vox.com joins us to recap CNN's climate town hall. Who distinguished themselves, who looked foolish, and why did audience members have better questions than Wolf Blitzer? Bernie explains his labor bona fides and his commitment to a just transition. Warren says she doesn't want to nationalize energy utilities. Film Guy Matthew (@langdonboom) joins us for some film talk. Kevin Sorbo antifa movie "Reliant": amazing, or the most amazing? A survey of what played at the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival. Matthew recommends the films of Hong Sangsoo, specifically: "In Another Country," "Right Now, Wrong Then" and Tale of Cinema." Check out Matthew's work at Vimeo and more of his film picks at Letterboxd! Flashback: Bill Burton risks the imagination of a new kind of possibility. Dave Rubin explains new show member terms of service. Ben Shapiro says left is implementing "top down policy," setting "dangerous precedent" with boycott of Walmart. Fox and Friends asks cops if they've been assaulted, nobody raises hands. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com! Check out today's sponsors: 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 NetSuite: With NetSuite, you save TIME, MONEY, and UNNEEDED HEADACHES by managing sales, finance and accounting, orders, and HR instantly - right from your desktop or phone.That’s NetSuite.com/MAJORITY to download your FREE guide, “Seven Key Strategies to Grow your Profits” Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday November 23rd (the weekend before thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here Check out Jamie's write-up of the 2019 DSA convention at Commune Magazine! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 on the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
September 6, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to move the state’s presidential primary to February, which will definitely not help his good friend Joe Biden in anyway I’m sure.  Meanwhile, the president of the coal miner’s union says “nobody” saved the coal industry. I think he means Trump.  And lastly, protesters swarm an Amazon office near Boston over its contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement  And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: Michigan State University will be fined a record $4.5 million over its handling of sexual abuse allegations against Larry Nassar, the sports doctor who treated Olympic gymnasts and was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison after more than 150 women and girls said he had sexually abused them. NBC News reports the death toll in the Bahamas has risen to 30 and is expected to rise dramatically in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, which pummeled the islands with sustained 180 mph winds for over a day and a half. From Politico; Republican parties in South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona, and Kansas are expected to cancel their primaries to help make life hard for any of Trump’s Republican challengers.  And Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has finally given up on his ridiculous campaign for the White House. In a letter to supporters, the billionaire said he’ll instead spend his warchest—said to be more than $100 million—on political reform and attempts to reduce inequality.
September 5, 2019
On today's program, Michael Brooks hosts journalist Ronan Burtenshaw to discuss his latest in the Jacobin, "Only Corbynism Can Defeat Boris." Join us as Brooks and Burtenshaw discuss how only a distinct democratic socialist position can defeat the right's No-Deal Brexit plan. Brooks and Burtenshaw review recent parliamentary history in the UK which has allowed for "zombie governments" to continue ruling while they do not have the votes necessary to administrate change. Brooks recounts Boris Johnson's political rise in the UK and how it compares and contrasts with Trump's "populism" in the United States. Burtenshaw says Johnson's PMQ (Prime Minister Questions) sessions were supposed to be a strength for the new PM. However, it has been a rather disastrous strategy for Johnson, where opponents like Corbyn have made Johnson look politically lost. Johnson now looks to switch gears, moving to the campaign trail, where he is heading to Wakefield, a Northern England working-class town, flanked by police to call for more "law and order" across the UK. Brooks and Burtenshaw also take a look at Dominic Cummings, Johnson's chief political advisor who was most recently the director of the Vote Leave movement which brought us to Brexit. Burtenshaw says Cummings understands that the most popular policies are left redistributive economics and right-wing nationalist sentiments. Cummings knows that the "moderate" positions in Parliament do not represent the interests of voters.  Burtenshaw acknowledges that the new concern for the left in the UK is the realignment of class interests. Burtenshaw feels there are two paths to defeat Johnson. One is coalescing around the liberal center, pulling the labor party to the right with a broad alliance that is upholding "sensible policy." Burtenshaw thinks this board coalition that defends the status quo will not win because people are tired of waiting for things to get better in a political system that does not listen to them. Instead, Burtenshaw argues the Labor party should point out the Tory party's leaders and their interest in the financial sector, real estate, and the private school systems. The Tories will have to respond to this and forced to defend these deeply unpopular interests. Brooks and Burtenshaw conclude their discussion with policy proposals that Labor and the left can embrace and run on during the upcoming elections.  And in the Fun Half: an update on the situation in Kashmir, Bernie on reproductive rights and climate catastrophe, Dave Rubin's Hitler apologia, Seb Gorka is hawking fish oil pills, Kamala Harris frames the climate crisis in the worst way possible, Warren makes clear personal consumption choices are not systemic reform, Bernie explains how a climate reform can curb military spending, Biden is off to a fossil fuel executive's fundraiser less than 24 hours after the Climate Town Hall, the "ethics" of "voting" "conversation," the UN Human Rights Council says the US, UK, and France are responsible for great human rights violations, plus your calls and IMs! Become a member of the Majority Report today! Today's show is supported by: 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…And get 15% off your first purchase! Mova Globes: With over 40 different designs including world maps, outer space, and famous artworks, there’s something for everyone. Visit www.movaglobes.com/majority and use the code majority for 10% off your purchase. Everlane only makes premium essentials, using the finest materials, without traditional markups. They are radically transparent about their real costs and every step in their process, from the materials they use to the ethical factories they work with. And right now, you can check out our personalized collection at everlane.com/majority. Plus, you’ll get free shipping on your first order. Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 on the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
September 5, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: Joe Biden—who once promised not to take any money from the fossil fuel industry—is scheduled today to attend a fundraiser that’s tied to—you guessed it—a fossil fuel company. Meanwhile, the Pentagon decides to take money budgeted for schools and daycare to pay for Trump's dumb fence-wall-thing. And lastly, Republican congressman Steve King claims he drank from a toilet in a migrant detention center. His review? “It’s actually pretty good!”  And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: House Democratic Caucus chairman Hakeem Jeffries announced Wednesday that he is cosponsoring Medicare for All" legislation— a smart move considering Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is actively seeking to recruit a left-wing challenger to replace Jeffries in 2020.  From Politico; the House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed the Department of Homeland Security for documents connected to Donald Trump's alleged offer to pardon officials who break the law while carrying out his immigration agenda. Right Wing Watch reports that Alex Jones and his attorneys were denied an appeal regarding a lawsuit that alleges Infowars broadcast defamatory comments regarding the father of a child murdered in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary. And the Daily Beast is reporting that Jacob Wohl, the serially incompetent right wing grifter known for his spectacular blunders, is wanted on a felony arrest warrant in California for the unlawful sale of securities. 
September 4, 2019
On today's show, Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt), author of, Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present and Future of American Labor. Sam and Greenhouse begin their conversation distinguishing the differences between labor and union power and a brief history of how labor gained strength during the FDR New Deal era. Union strength peaked in the 1950s and helped build the American middle class as we recognize it today. Greenhouse argues that the contemporary worker has the least power he or she has had since before the National Labor Relations Rights Act, which manifests itself in workers lacking paid sick leave and mandatory time off. Likewise, the decline in union membership helped provide the slim margin of victory for Trump. Take Wisconsin, which saw a 44% decline in union membership during Scott Walker's tenure as governor, over 177,000 workers. Given the assault on labor power over the last several decades, how can worker power reassert itself in the political landscape and rebuild strength? Greenhouse says the 2020 Democratic primary has shown a necessary change in the political discourse with candidates like Sanders centering policy proposals on union expansion. Sam and Greenhouse also consider policies like card check to make union organizing simpler. Sam and Greenhouse conclude their conversation discussing the extinction of labor reporting in American journalism.  And in the Fun Half: mass shooter designed schools are under construction, the right is saying don't challenge the lawful gun owners, or they'll kill, Meghan McCain is so tired of liberals "virtue signaling" about mass shootings and not wanting to be killed, some Sam career advice, building coalitions across the left spectrum of politics, the best clips from PMQ at the yesterday's House of Commons session in the UK, Mike Pence is in Ireland and loving his stay (at a Trump resort), Hasan Minhaj surprises PM Trudeau with criticism of Canada's arm sales to Saudi Arabia, Ben Shapiro minimizes Trump's insane idea to nuke hurricanes, plus your calls and IMs! Check out today's sponsor: Proactive: With your ProactivMD order, you will also receive Proactiv’s “On the Go Bag,” which features their T- Zone Oil Absorber, Body Acne Wipes, and Green Tea Moisturizer, for free! Go to https://www.proactiv.com/MAJORITY Become a member of the Majority Report today! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 on the new Antifada Youtube channel:http://youtube.com/theantifada Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
September 4, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: Ahead of tonight’s climate-change-focused town hall on CNN, Elizabeth Warren releases a new $3 Trillion plan to tackle global warming. Meanwhile, Trump diverts more than $3 billion from U.S. military construction projects to fund his stupid border wall. And lastly, a nice win for Democracy as a court gives state officials in North Carolina two weeks to redraw the GOP's gerrymandered district map. And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: British lawmakers on Tuesday rose up against Prime Minister Boris Johnson, moving to prevent him from taking the country out of the European Union without a formal agreement.  The Cherokee Nation named former Obama appointee Kimberly Teehee as its first delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday. Although the treaty that created this nonvoting position is almost 200 years old, it had never been filled. The AP reports that Walmart will discontinue the sale of handgun ammunition and also publicly request that customers refrain from openly carrying firearms in stores even where state laws allow it.  And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell whined about his “Moscow Mitch” nickname during a radio interview on Tuesday, calling it “modern day McCarthyism.” McConnell said he can laugh about things like being called the Grim Reaper, but calling him Moscow Mitch is “over the top.”
September 3, 2019
We're back from our August break! And we got a heaping pile of news for you, our dear listeners! On today's program, Sam and crew tackle the biggest stories from the last week including what the hell is going on in the United Kingdom, Joe Biden's fluid understanding of "truth" and "character," and the most recent developments in the 2020 Democratic field. Sam breaks down Bernie's new medical debt forgiveness proposal and what else it will do to alleviate people's bankruptcy problems. The crew also checks in with the Washington Post fact-checkers and their campaign to discredit the Bernie Sanders campaign. Sam closes out the free half with a tale from the deep archive about the time he interviewed Sean Hannity and asked the Fox host about the End Times. And in the Fun Half: John from San Antonio endorses Brendan's MR deep archive selections, Donald Trump has a "great message" for Poland on the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion, the president shares his knowledge of FARC, the press can't drive a wedge between Warren and Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard is still in the presidential race, deciding who qualifies and who does not, avoiding the "rigged" storyline of 2016, what to do when you work for a small business a-holes, systemic racism in Michigan rears its ugly head, Ben Shapiro's guest says trans people are a threat to the family unit, reporters own the Boston straight pride organizers at their shitty press conference, Andrew Yang will keep printing a blank check for Israel, the difference between what happens when people stay home and when people vote third party, plus your calls and IMs! Become a member of the Majority Report today! Check out today's sponsor: Hunt a Killer: the murder mystery box that immerses you in an ongoing experience,  Right now, just for our listeners you can go to HuntAKiller.com/majority for 20% off your first box. Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips. 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 on the new Antifada Youtube channel:http://youtube.com/theantifada Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn  
September 3, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: Allies of Donald Trump are raising millions of dollars to target and harass editors and reporters working for major news outlets. Meanwhile, the DNC tells Iowa and Nevada to scrap their plans to hold virtual caucus citing security concerns. And lastly, Hong Kong’s leader denies that she offered her resignation to Beijing despite being recorded saying she would quit if she could. And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: Hurricane Dorian has been downgraded to a Category 3 storm after stalling over the Bahamas, where officials say it is responsible for the deaths of at least five people. The Washington Post reports that House Democrats plan to make Trump's alleged involvement in a 2016 scheme to silence two women who claimed they had affairs with him a major investigative focus this fall The Trump administration announced that it would reconsider its decision to force immigrants facing life-threatening health crises to return to their home countries, an abrupt move last month that generated public outrage and was roundly condemned by the medical establishment The AP reports that tens of thousands of students in Hong Kong boycotted the first day of classes Monday as part of a citywide strike following another weekend of demonstrations. Teenagers spoke to the crowds from a stage with a backdrop that read: “With no future, there’s no need to go to class.”  
September 2, 2019
Today our annual repeat of a compilation of labor speeches from FDR, Mario Savio, John Lewis, & more. Full live show returns tomorrow! Become a member of the Majority Report today! Get updates on the ongoing nationwide prison strike at supportprisonerresistance.noblogs.org/nationalprisonstrike2018/ Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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 on the new Antifada Youtube channel: http://youtube.com/theantifada Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
August 30, 2019
Caleb Cain (@faradayspeaks) is a self-described "gamer who fell down the alt-right rabbit hole" before eventually making his way back to the left. He joins Sam to discuss the YouTube personalities who drove his radicalization as a young college dropout, what helped bring him back, and his current project of de-radicalizing white nationalists and far-right ideologues.
August 30, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: The Senate Democrats’ campaign arm is caught pressuring consultants not to work with a leading progressive candidate in Colorado. Meanwhile, the death toll from an Ebola outbreak in Africa climbs to 2,000. And lastly, Trump says the U.S. will drop military forces in Afghanistan to 8,600 under a new peace deal with the Taliban. And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: The final lineup for the third Democratic debate is set for a single night in Houston in two weeks on Sept. 12. The 10 candidates will appear on stage in the following order, from left to right: Amy Klobuchar, Booker, Buttigieg, Sanders, Biden, Warren, Harris, Yang, Beto, and Castro Politico reports that the Democratic National Committee will recommend rejecting a plan for virtual caucuses in Iowa and Nevada, introducing a level of uncertainty in the caucus states ahead of the upcoming election season.  Kay Ivey, Republican Governor of Alabama has apologized for participating in a racist skit that involved blackface when she was a college student. In a statement And hurricane Dorian is set to turn into a Category 4 storm with winds topping 130 mph before it makes landfall on Labor Day. Models are predicting the full force of the storm could make it into the center of Florida. 
August 29, 2019
Joshua Murray, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University, joins Sam to discuss his new book (co-authored with Michael Schwartz), "Wrecked: How the American Automobile Industry Destroyed Its Capacity to Compete." At its peak in the 1950s and 1960s, automobile manufacturing was the largest, most profitable industry in the United States and residents of industry hubs like Detroit and Flint, Michigan had some of the highest incomes in the country. Over the last half-century, the industry has declined, and American automakers now struggle to stay profitable. How did the most prosperous industry in the richest country in the world crash and burn? In Wrecked, sociologists Joshua Murray and Michael Schwartz offer an unprecedented historical-sociological analysis of the downfall of the auto industry. Through an in-depth examination of labor relations and the production processes of automakers in the U.S. and Japan both before and after World War II, they demonstrate that the decline of the American manufacturers was the unintended consequence of their attempts to weaken the bargaining power of their unions.
August 29, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: Thousands of protesters jam the streets of London accusing the Prime Minister Boris Johnson of mounting a coup against Parliament. Meanwhile, Trump tells the EPA to rollback restrictions on deadly methane pollution. And lastly, Kirsten Gillibrand drops out of the 2020 presidential race. And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: The Trump administration said Wednesday that the children of some U.S. military members and government employees working overseas will no longer automatically be considered United States citizens. Most voters disapprove of President Trump’s remarks calling American Jews who vote for Democrats disloyal, according to a new poll released by Politico on Wednesday.  Detroit Free Press reports that FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents have raided the homes of UAW President Gary Jones as part of a nationwide sweep of sites tied to the autoworker union. The multiagency raids come as federal officials ramped up their corruption investigation of the autoworkers union — which is in the midst of contract negotiations with Detroit automakers.
August 28, 2019
Katharina Pistor, Edwin B. Parker Professor of Comparative Law at Columbia Law School and Director of the Law School's Center on Global Legal Transformation, joins Sam to discuss her new book, "The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality." Capital is the defining feature of modern economies, yet most people have no idea where it actually comes from. What is it, exactly, that transforms mere wealth into an asset that automatically creates more wealth? The Code of Capital explains how capital is created behind closed doors in the offices of private attorneys, and why this little-known fact is one of the biggest reasons for the widening wealth gap between the holders of capital and everybody else.
August 28, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: Trump wants his border wall with Mexico completed by Election Day, even if he has to break the law to do it.  Meanwhile the Mad King says it’s OK to mow down one of the largest rainforests in the world. And lastly, a federal judge blocks an almost total ban on abortion in Missouri, set to take effect today.  And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: HuffPo reports that Trump’s trade war is linked to the destruction of the Amazon, as U.S. soybeans sit in silos and Brazilian farmers push to break new ground to satisfy the Chinese market. NBC News is reporting that the White House is funneling millions of dollars of FEMA disaster relief funds to ICE in order to detain 50,000 immigrants at one time. CNN reports two US senators have been denied visas to Russia in what appears to be a retaliatory move on the part of the Kremlin. Ron Johnson, a Republican, and Chris Murphy, a Democrat, were scheduled to travel as part of a congressional delegation to Russia next week. And Donal Trump seems to be a little worried about Elizabeth Warren, tweeting last night that he thinks the media is inflating the crowd numbers attending her Warren’s rallies. 
August 27, 2019
Journalist Todd Miller (@memomiller) joins Sam to discuss his new book, "Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the U.S. Border Around the World." The twenty-first century has witnessed the rapid hardening of international borders. Security, surveillance, and militarization are widening the chasm between those who travel where they please and those whose movements are restricted. But that is only part of the story. As journalist Todd Miller reveals in Empire of Borders, the nature of US borders has changed. These boundaries have effectively expanded thousands of miles outside of US territory to encircle not simply American land but Washington’s interests.
August 27, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: A judge orders Johnson & Johnson to pay $570 million for role in Oklahoma’s opioid epidemic. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico declares a national emergency as Tropical Storm Dorian threatens to turn into a hurricane. And lastly, Joe Biden’s brother reportedly offered help in incorporating a private businesses’ health care model into Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign. And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: A new Roanoke College poll finds that 53% of potential Virginia voters said they disapproved of President Trump’s job performance, while just 27% said they approved — a new low. Washington Post reports that Trump announced Monday that he intends to invite Putin to the G7 summit in 2020 despite warnings that Russia is actively trying to interfere again in the U.S. presidential election. An internal poll from the campaign of Andy Beshear shows the Democratic challenger leading Kentucky’s Republican Governor Matt Bevin by 9 percentage points, 48% to 39%, with a little over two months until the election. And Brazil’s fascist overlord Jair Bolsonaro announced that he will reject the $22 million offered by G7 countries to help the country fight the Amazon fires saying the resources would be put to better use reforesting Europe.
August 26, 2019
Alexandra Minna Stern, professor of American Culture at the University of Michigan, joins us to discuss her book, 'Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination.' From a loose movement that lurked in the shadows in the early 2000s, the alt-right has achieved a level of visibility that has allowed it to expand significantly throughout America’s cultural, political, and digital landscapes. Racist, sexist, and homophobic beliefs that were previously unspeakable have become commonplace, normalized, and accepted—endangering American democracy and society as a whole. Through careful analysis, Stern brings awareness to the underlying concepts that guide the alt-right and animate its overlapping forms of racism, xenophobia, transphobia, and anti-egalitarianism.
August 26, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that 70 percent of Americans have a “deep and boiling anger” for the political establishment. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren takes a jab at Joe Biden during a record-setting rally in Seattle. And lastly, Axios reports that Trump wants to stop hurricanes from hitting U.S. by bombing them with nuclear weapons.  And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: NBC News reports that the top Democratic presidential campaigns are taking the possibility of a contested convention seriously and have begun wooing the party's 700-plus super delegates, who thanks to a new rule will only get to weigh in on a nominee if next year's primaries and caucuses fail to produce a clear winner. The Alabama Republican Party passed a resolution calling for to seek the expulsion Rep. Ilhan Omar from Congress for “anti-American” sentiments. Even if passed, the racist resolution would not lead to Omar’s expulsion as it is not binding on members of Congress and, oh yeah, the Democratic Party controls the House of Representatives. Details. The AP is reporting that Trump, under pressure to scale back a U.S.-China trade war partly blamed for a global economic slowdown, said this morning that the two sides will begin serious negotiations soon. And CNN reports that The Cherokee Nation announced that it intends to appoint a delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, asserting for the first time a right promised to the tribe in a nearly 200-year-old treaty with the federal government.
August 23, 2019
Happy Friday! On today's show, Ben Mankiewicz from Turner Classic Movies and Matt Binder from Mashable join Michael Brooks to breakdown the news of the week! We're live at noon EST. Brooks is joined by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz to discuss new and upcoming films. The two begin their conversation with the existential question, "why are there so many goddamn superhero movies?" Mankiewicz gives a brief overview of the golden age of 1970s cinema and the economics of the blockbuster and studio consolidation in the 1980s. Shifting to politics, Brooks and Mankiewicz consider Trump's latest moniker, "the King of the Jews," the country's incapacity to express shock, and the president's bewildering charisma. Mankiewicz ends the interview with film recommendations, including Network, Three Days in the Condor, The Conversation, and Ace in the Hole. Then, Matt 1.0, Matt Binder of the podcast Doomed, joins Brooks in-studio to discuss the growing Bernie Sanders movement and white nationalism embedded in State Department bureaucracy. Binder recounts his recent interview with Michael Hayden of the Southern Poverty Law Center who discovered Matthew Q. Gebert. Gebert was a State Department official who is involved in the white nationalist movement. Gebert was a rising star at the Bureau of Energy Resources even after his brother had reported him to the FBI, citing his brother's involvement in white nationalist groups around Washington. Brooks and Binder discuss the problem with covering hate groups on YouTube and social media, which cannot differentiate between those who promote toxic ideologies and those who cover and report on them. And in the Fun Half for Freebie Friday: Andrew Miller from Amazon Watch explains the Bolsonaro government's involvement in the rainforest's raging wildfires, a reminder that Dave Rubin doesn't care about Brazilian deforestation, a flashback Friday: Wyatt Ingraham Koch, the coming Biden v. Trump Jello debate, plus your calls and IMs! Check out today's sponsor: Introducing 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 is offering you valuable insights with a FREE guide – “Seven Key Strategies to Grow your Profits” at NetSuite.com/MAJORITY. Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks Live Show in LA! April 20th at the Bootleg Theatre with guests Ana Kasparian, Wosny Lambre and Nando Vila! Get tickets here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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  
August 23, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: The DNC decides that the imminent collapse of planet Earth isn’t worth talking about for 2 hours.  Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders unleashes an ambitious $16 trillion plan to fight climate change as he calls for fossil fuel executives to be criminally prosecuted.  And lastly, Bill Barr’s Justice Department sent its Immigration Judges an email linked to a White Nationalist blog post full of anti-semitic attacks.  And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: The intercept has a in depth piece from the Front Lines of Bolsonaro’s War on the Amazon rainforest, as Brazil’s forest communities fight against this climate catastrophe. Vanity Fair is reporting that Trump has been privately telling congressional Republicans that he thinks gutting Medicare could be a “fun second term project.”  The American Prospect reports that Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have returned campaign contributions from individuals employed at hedge funds that have investments in Puerto Rican debt, after an open letter from a coalition of progressive activist groups sent last week demanded that presidential candidates reject donations tied to the misery on the island.
August 22, 2019
Author Dale Beran (@DaleBeran) joins Sam to discuss his new book, "It Came From Something Awful: How A Toxic Troll Army Accidentally Memed Donald Trump Into Office." On today's show: Brian Mier reports on fires in the Amazon, Bolsonaro's role. Author Dale Beran (@DaleBeran) joins Sam to discuss his new book, "It Came From Something Awful: How A Toxic Troll Army Accidentally Memed Donald Trump Into Office." The birth of the internet in '60s counterculture and its descent into nihilism in the neoliberal era. How the Something Awful forums gave birth to 4chan and 8chan. How Gamergate fed the rise of the alt-right, influenced the 2016 election, and impressed Steve Bannon. The widespread alienation feeding the rise of right-wing "YouTube dads" like Jordan Peterson and Stefan Molyneux. On the fun half: Virgil Texas asks Tulsi if she's anti-imperialist. (Spoiler alert: she's not!) Is gun control a bad hill for the Democrats to die on? Trump declines to name his favorite Bible verse. Bernie's progressive platforms on labor, criminal justice, and the Green New Deal. Trump says he's looking at taking away birthright citizenship. How to stave off eco-fascism? Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsors! Brooklinen: Brooklinen.com is giving MY listeners an exclusive offer. 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! The only way to get 10% off AND free shipping is to use promo code MAJORITY at Brooklinen.com Embark: Discover your dog more than fur deep with the most accurate Dog DNA Test Kit on the market. The Embark Dog DNA Test Kit looks at over 250 breeds and 170 genetic health conditions to help you best care for your pup. Call to Action (Required). Right now, for our listeners, Embark has an exclusive summer offer you can’t get anywhere else! Go to Embark vet dot com and use promo code MAJORITY to save 15% off your Dog DNA Test Kit. Discover your dog more than fur deep. Visit Embark vet dot com and use promo code MAJORITY to save. Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks Live Show in LA! April 20th at the Bootleg Theatre with guests Ana Kasparian, Wosny Lambre and Nando Vila! Get tickets here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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
August 22, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: Jay Inslee ends his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination but might seek a 3rd term as governor of Washington State. Meanwhile a watchdog group finds that Trump has spent a third of his presidency at Trump properties while American taxpayers picked up the tab. And lastly, Bernie Sanders releases an ambitious plan that aims to double union membership in the United States by 2025. And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: CNN reports that at least 28 people have been arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since the El Paso and Dayton shootings. The FBI has been concerned that US-based domestic violent extremists could become inspired by the attacks to engage in similar acts of violence. Reuters reports that the Trump administration is seriously looking at ending the right of citizenship for U.S.-born children of non-citizens and people who immigrated to the United States illegally. Hildalgo County, Texas, residents are fighting to protect the graves of US war veterans that are under threat by the construction of Trump's border wall, according to local news station KVEO-TV. And Politico is reporting that Trump on Wednesday night told a group of veterans that he should receive a Medal of Honor— the nation’s highest award for acts of military valor. This follows Trump’s statement earlier in the day that he is “the chosen one” — a proclamation he turned to the sky to deliver.
August 21, 2019
The MR crew brings you the news. On today's show: Trump wonders about Jewish loyalty and voting for Democrats. Wayne Allyn Root says Robert Mueller's investigation is about "penis envy," calls Trump "King of the Jews." Trump thanks Wayne Allyn Root for his kind words. Bernie says he plans to vote for a Jewish candidate this time around. Trump tries to neg Danish PM into selling him Greenland; she responds. Trump wants to send nukes to space. CBP won't give immigrants flu shots. DHS secretary unveils plans that will scrap the Flores agreement. Castro, Warren's immigration plans. Bernie's labor platform. Biden remembers when RFK and MLK were assassinated in the late '70s. On the fun half: The Amazon rainforest is on fire, probably Bolsonaro's fault. Ronald Raygun on immigration policy. De Blasio's baby voice. Trump says administration is considering payroll and capital gains tax cuts. Energy secretary Rick Perry fooled by Instagram scam. Brian Kilmeade defends Trump's Jewish "loyalty" remarks. Sean Spicer is on "Dancing With the Stars." A lightning round where we take a bunch of calls! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsor: Right now, Hunt A Killer is the murder mystery box that immerses you in an ongoing experience  just for our listeners you can go to HuntAKiller.com/MAJORITY for 20% off your first box. Get 10% off fair trade coffee with coupon code “majority” at justcoffee.coop Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks Chicago Live Show, with special guest Chuck Mertz of This is Hell this weekend 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 an 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
August 21, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: Trump blows the White Nationalist bullhorn from the Oval Office, calling Jews who vote for Democrats either stupid or disloyal. The NRA has already managed to get Trump to back off his recent calls for expanded background checks. The Border Patrol says they will not provide flu vaccines to migrant children in border camps even though the infection has killed at least three children in custody this year.  And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: Politico reports that the FDIC board voted 3-1 Tuesday to give big banks more leeway to make risky short-term bets in financial markets by loosening a landmark but highly contentious regulation known as the Volcker rule. A new CNN poll finds 65% of Americans say current economic conditions are good, but that’s down since May, representing the first significant decline in public perception of the economy during Donald Trump’s presidency. The AP reports that Democrats plan to spend at least $1.2 million on ads in Maine to defeat Susan Collins, including a TV spot that accuses Collins of failing to protect Medicare. And from the Chicago Tribune, Pete Buttigieg held a self-described grassroots campaign rally on Chicago’s Southside on Tuesday night, but the overwhelmingly white audience he drew to the event in a historic black neighborhood reinforced the difficulty the Democratic presidential hopeful has had in connecting with African American voters.
August 20, 2019
The MR crew brings you the news. On today's show: Trump is upset nobody credits him for criminal justice reform. Greg Gutfeld says 1619 NYT Mag piece about slavery is designed to call Trump racist. Trump defends Larry Kudlow. Trump admin poorly positioned to deal with a recession, which might happen. Jill Biden says you need to suck it up and vote Biden because he's our best shot at beating Trump as new primary polls show tight race. Rashida Tlaib shares her experience in Palestine as a young girl and how dehumanizing it was. Ilhan Omar says we should withhold aid from Israel if it keeps interfering with US elected officials, violating human rights. Peter Beinart explains why Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are right to critique Israeli apartheid. On the fun half: Ben Shapiro claims Donald Trump was not a Republican figure when he made birther claims. Flashback: Ben Shapiro pens columns in support of Trump, GOP electeds repeat birther claims. Brian Kilmeade is shocked American Jews don't support President Trump more. Pete Hegseth accuses Tlaib, Omar of supporting terrorism because of their stance on Israel. Tomi Lahren tells Crowder and Rubin to "debate Sam!" Will Biden win Super Tuesday, or run out of steam first? A caller extols the virtues of veganism. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsors: Harry's, Listeners of my show can redeem their trial set:  Make sure you go to HARRYS.COM/majorityreport to redeem your offer and let them know we sent you to help support the show. ProactivMD, which is a dermatologist recommended topical retinoid used in the treatment of mild to moderate acne, Order now and you will also receive Proactiv’s “On the Go Bag,” which features their T-Zone Oil Absorber, Body Acne Wipes, and Green Tea Moisturizer, for free! Proactiv.com/MAJORITY.  Get 10% off fair trade coffee with coupon code “majority” at justcoffee.coop 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 an 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
August 20, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: Twitter and Facebook suspend social media accounts linked to a Chinese disinformation campaign targeting the Hong Kong protests. The White House is kicking around the idea of a payroll tax cut to avoid a recession before the 2020 election. Ilhan Omar urges her fellow Democrats to visit Israel and report on the “cruel reality” of the occupation. And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: A group of students at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, California, gave a Nazi salute and sang a Nazi song during an awards ceremony last year, according to video reviewed by The Daily Beast. It’s the second such incident in the region in the year.  Politico reports that Planned Parenthood has pulled out of the Title X federal family planning program rather than comply with a new Trump administration rule barring federally funded clinics from referring patients to abortion providers. From Reuters, U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr on Monday shook up the leadership at the federal Bureau of Prisons, removing its acting chief following the suicide of financier Jeffrey Epstein in a New York City jail. A Bernie Sanders softball game sparked a last-minute controversy after Bernie sent an email to supporters promoting the game between his campaign staff and members of the press corps. CNN and ABC News have since pulled out of the event, not wanting to be associated with a “campaign fundraising effort.” (Politico)
August 19, 2019
On today's show, Joshua Specht (@joshspecht), author of Red Meat Republic: A Hoof-to-Table History of How Beef Changed America. The story of beef production in America begins at the cattle ranch, which was a tool of conquest in the West. In some places, cattle ranching resembled a paramilitary operation with settlers and natives fighting for land rights. Settlers looked to graze with their cattle while natives hunted what remained of buffalo populations. The federal government's decision to inter natives to reservations gave ranchers free rein and allowed them to build larger ranches with more heads of cattle. After ranching established itself, the meatpackers from Chicago and capitalists invested in the western farms, flooding the marketplace with meat and creating an oligopoly, or as the owners of the time called it, "holding both ends of the string." Sam and Joshua explore the meatpacking assembly lines in Chicago which inspired Henry Ford's auto manufacturing lines and was the focus of Upton Sinclair's 'The Jungle.' While Sinclair wanted to spark a socialist revolution amongst American workers, American consumers and politicians instead regulated the industry based on sanitation, with Roosevelt's Meat Inspection Act of 1906. Given the broad implications of beef's economic history, what does it mean to us now? Specht questions the short term impacts of meat and climate change; and how consumer prices are often used to deflect criticism of the industry, like labor rights and environmental concerns. And in the Fun Half: Larry Kudlow is enjoying the August recess, Jimmy Dore has something against Justice Democrats, Killer Mike explains why a free college option is essential for America, Jesse Watters thinks he was a slave when he did chores, Pete Buttigieg fearmongers about the national debt, Fox News contributor says the prison system is maybe the least racist American institution, Ainsley Earhardt wishes the homeless would just disappear, plus your calls and IMs! Check out today's sponsors: Quip starts at just $25 and if you go to GETQUIP.com/majority right now, you can get your first refill pack for FREE.   Embark Dog DNA Test Kit looks at over 250 breeds and 170 genetic health conditions to help you best care for your pup. Embark Dog DNA Test Kit looks at over 250 breeds and 170 genetic health conditions to help you best care for your pup.  Go to Embarkvet.com and use promo code MAJORITY to save 15% off your Dog DNA Test Kit.  Become a member of the majority report today at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Get 10% off fair trade coffee with coupon code “majority” at justcoffee.coop 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 an 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
August 19, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: A report finds that union workers at a Pennsylvania Shell plant had to attend a Trump speech in ordered to get paid for work. Bernie Sanders unveils a plan to overhaul country's “dysfunctional criminal justice system.” Large numbers of salmon are dying in Alaska because the water is too damn hot.  And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: Politico reports that Joe Biden will skip a big DNC meeting in San Francisco where 13 presidential candidates are expected to appear. Also from Politico, a federal appeals court has rejected efforts to block the Trump administration from banning abortion referrals by federally funded family planning clinics, including affiliates of Planned Parenthood. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that each and every student enrolled in 77 schools operated under the Atlanta Public Schools district will be eligible for free breakfasts and lunches regardless of how much money their family earns. According to the paper, the students will begin receiving free meals at the start of the coming school year. Grassroots organizers Ethan Todras-Whitehill and Catherine Vaughan of Swing Left discuss their plans to restore democratic accountability with The American Prospect.
August 16, 2019
On today's show, The Host of the Benjamin Dixon Show, Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon ) and the renowned Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler ). Benjamin Dixon joins Sam to recap the biggest stories of the week including the change in Public Charge laws, the possibility of an economic recession, and Israel's decision to ban the first two Muslim American congresswomen from visiting the "only democracy in the Middle East." Sam and Benjamin agree that changes to the Public Charge laws function as a chilling effect, keeping immigrants from seeking entitlements and turning benefit programs into exclusionary services. Lost in Israel's decision to bar Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar is the role of BDS. Sam and Benjamin explain the BDS movement and why establishment Democrats and the GOP compare it to extremist ideology and antisemitism. Sam explains the changing role of AIPAC in American politics and Americans evolving feelings towards Israel in the 21st century. Michael Brooks joins the conversation to place the Israel-Palestine apartheid conflict in the broader context of boycott and divestiture movements in similar struggles. Andy Kindler makes his triumphant return to the Majority Report! Andy recalls the time Chris Cuomo threw him down the stairs at a party. Next, Andy and Sam go deep on Ben Shapiro's "Sunday Sitdown" with Dennis Miller, the worst conversation on comedy in recorded history. And in the Fun Half: 2019's hottest collab: Bernie and Cardi B, Dennis Prager is giddy thinking racial tensions have diminished, the Fox & Friends C team lives up to its name, Trump brings back the road comic routine for 2020, Sam explains the Hoarse Whisperer "controversy," plus your IMs! Check out today's sponsors: ThirdLove:  knows there’s a perfect bra for everyone, so right now they are offering our listeners 15% off your first order! Go to THIRDLOVE.com/MAJORITY now to find your perfect-fitting bra. Blinkist: If you feel like you can’t find the time to read all the books on your list, you’re not alone. Blinkist is an app that compiles the key takeaways from thousands of nonfiction books. Go to blinkist.com/MAJORITY to start your free 7 day trial!  Become a member of the majority report today at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Get 10% off fair trade coffee with coupon code “majority” at justcoffee.coop 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 an 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
August 16, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: Israel now says they will allow Rep. Rashida Tlaib to visit the country—but only as a private citizen. An ex-Blackwater contractor is sentenced to life in prison for his part in a 2007 massacre of Iraqi civilians.  Trump wants to buy Greenland. You heard that right folks, Greenland.  And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: A Fox News poll released Thursday showed Trump losing head-to-head matchups against four of the top Democratic presidential primary contenders. Politico reports that top officials in the State Department bureau dealing with international institutions engaged in “disrespectful and hostile treatment” of staffers, including harassing some over suspicions that they were “disloyal” due to their suspected political views. And lastly, Beto O’Rourke told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on Thursday that he “will not in any scenario run for the United States Senate.” MSNBC
August 15, 2019
Vijay Prashad (@vijayprashad), director of the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research and Chief Editor at LeftWord Books, joins Michael Brooks to discuss the on-going lockdown in Kashmir. On today's show: Ben Shapiro says if you have to work two jobs to live, "that's a you problem." Vijay Prashad (@vijayprashad), director of the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research and Chief Editor at LeftWord Books, joins Michael Brooks to discuss the on-going lockdown in Kashmir. Last week, the Indian government revoked the special status of Kashmir, Indian's only majority Muslim state. Since then, Indian and Pakistani troops have moved into the region and lines of communication--internet, phones, trains--have been shut down or severely limited. Vijay and Michael explain Kashmir's history and what's next for the region between two countries with nuclear weapons. Also: an update on the situation in Brazil. On the fun half: Colbert says Bernie is stealing Trump's "fake news media" lines. Adam Carolla's hackish "low man" bit. South African expat wishes "both sides" in Hong Kong would stop. Hong Kong protests continue, protesters wear bloody eyepatches in solidarity with those injured. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist on why we need humanitarian aid in northern triangle. Truck drives into "never again" protest at ICE facility, then ICE officials pepper spray protesters. Beto 3.0, still running for president. Dave from Jamaica, Jamie and Michael discuss the politics of open borders. Become a member of the majority report today at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Get 10% off fair trade coffee with coupon code “majority” at justcoffee.coop 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 an 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
August 15, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: Stocks plunge and the Dow Jones tanks 800 points as warnings of a new recession begin to stack up. (CNBC) Meanwhile, Bibi Netanyahu wants to block Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering Israel for a planned visit next week. (Daily Beast) And lastly, Congressman Steve King tells a crowd of conservative voters in Iowa that centuries of rape and incest has actually been really good for the planet. (Des Moines Register) And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: The Washington Post reports an autopsy found that Jeffrey Epstein sustained multiple breaks in his neck bones. Experts told the Post this can happen in a hanging, but is more common in victims of strangulation. BuzzFeed News is reporting that the Trump administration is proposing a new rule to let businesses with federal contracts cite religious objections as a valid reason to discriminate against their workers on the basis of LGBTQ status, sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, and other characteristics. And lastly, for the first for first time ever, a Fox News poll shows that the American public is unfavorable to the NRA. The new poll also found that 67 percent of registered voters now support a ban on assault weapons and a whopping 56 percent currently disapprove of Trump’s job performance.
August 14, 2019
News day with the MR team. On today's show: CNN says Sanders campaign calling out pro-corporate bias is "really dangerous line." Noam Chomsky explains how the media and our education system manufacture consent. Round 3: Cuccinello says Statue of Liberty poem was about Europeans. Ronald Raygun gives details on "public charge" laws: their long history and the recent changes made by Trump admin. On the fun half: Trump defends Cuccinelli and public charge law changes after Cuccinelli edits the poem on the Statue of Liberty. Fox and Friends explain why changes to public charge law are "common sense." AOC calls out Barstool Sports boss for publicly flouting labor law. Matt Walsh claims that Sam makes no arguments. Become a member of the majority report today at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsors: Liquid IV:  Go LIQUIDIV.COM, and enter my promo code MAJORITY: Hydrate efficiently with Liquid IV. to get your savings and start getting better hydration.  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. Get 10% off fair trade coffee with coupon code “majority” at justcoffee.coop 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 an 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  
August 14, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: The New York Times reports that prison guards assigned to Jeffrey Epstein fell asleep and falsified records to cover it up. (NYT) More than a century of temperature data has been analyzed by the Washington Post, and guess what folks… extreme climate change has officially arrived in America. (WaPo)  An assault weapons ban picks up steam in the House of Representatives as 7 out of ten Americans now support such legislation. (The Hill) And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: Former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams announced Tuesday that she would not launch a 2020 presidential campaign, choosing instead to focus on a new national program aimed at helping Democrats in key states improve their "voter protection operations" ahead of next year's election. (Common Dreams) Think Progress is reporting that Newark, New Jersey is offering bottled water to its residents after the Environmental Protection Agency raised concerns over dangerous lead content in the area’s drinking supply. The New York Times reports that former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper is in discussions about ending his 2020 presidential bid to enter the race for his state's Republican-held Senate seat. And a new study by the American Medical Association's internal medicine journal has discovered that over 40 percent of patients hospitalized or treated in an emergency room received surprise bills in 2016. The study found the average price tag for a surprise bill was $628 in 2016, up from $220 in 2010. (Daily Beast)
August 13, 2019
Samuel Stein joins Sam to discuss his book, Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State. In this book, Stein shows how the $200T real estate industry has accounted for more than 60% of the global assets and how urban planning policy has enabled its tremendous growth. On today's show: Ainsley Earhardt says it's great that kids are praying (after losing their home, car, and parents' jobs). Samuel Stein, PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, joins Sam to discuss his book, Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State. The history of real estate and how manufacturing capital once provided a check on real estate capital. The cycles of investment and disinvestment driving gentrification. How wealthy landowners got much of NYC re-zoned in the 1970s and how housing became hyper-commodified by a financialized economy. Rent control, tenants' unions, and other ways city dwellers can fight back. A brief history of the Trump family's real estate empire. On the fun half: Ben Shapiro believes it's a conspiracy to link conservative tropes to white supremacist violence. Ken Cuccinelli offers to rewrite Emma Lazarus poem on the Statue of Liberty. Sonny Perdue mocks farmers as "whiners" amid trade war bankruptcies. Moscow Mitch protest in Kentucky. Biden gaffes, says he was VP during Parkland shooting. MSNBC anchor Ayman Mohyeldin pushes back after colleague wrongly scolds him on-air over immigration. Mohyeldin follows up on-air statement on Twitter: Trump has, indeed, expressed a preference for immigrants from Nordic countries. A Florida caller on the positive effects of Bernie's Joe Rogan appearance. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsors: CREDO: Did you know your phone can be a powerful force for change? With CREDO Mobile it can. Because CREDO donates $150,000 every month to groups like Friends of the Earth, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. Learn more at CREDO.com/MAJORITY Get 10% off fair trade coffee with coupon code "majority" at justcoffee.coop 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 an 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
August 12, 2019
Healthcare advocate Timothy Faust (@crulge) joins us to discuss his book, "Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next." On today's show: MSNBC's Vaughn Hillyard asked Iowa voter Bob Fisher which candidate he supports, he responds, "I'm white, old, they call me all kinds of name, who do you think?" Healthcare advocate Timothy Faust (@crulge) joins us to discuss his book, "Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next." The foundational issues with how the private health industry operates. Two-tiered systems and the issues with keeping private insurance around. Why the money for a single-payer system should be allocated locally whenever possible. How a single-payer system could replace the jobs lost in the transition. The role played by doctors and the need to pair single-payer with free medical training. Housing, nutrition, and other components of health justice beyond medical treatment. On the fun half: Acting USCIS chief Ken Cuccinelli at the White House says, "Through the public charge rule, President Trump's administration is re-enforcing the ideals of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility ensuring immigrants are able to support themselves." Cuccinelli says "criminal investigations" resulting from ICE workplace immigration raids are "still ongoing." Reporter asks about the "huddled masses" language on Statue of Liberty; Cuccinelli says he's not prepared to take anything off the statue. AG Bill Barr claims he is "outraged" about the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, vows to investigate. Nearly 100 people arrested for blocking the West Side Highway in anti-ICE protest. So many #JewsAgainstICE arrested at Amazon store the NYPD had to commandeer a bus. To get involved, visit CloseTheCampsNYC.com! Dan Bongino on Fox and Friends reacts to fencer Race Imboden kneeling during anthem: disrespecting the flag "shuts down conversation." Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Capterra: With over 700,000 reviews of products from real software users, Capterra has everything you need to make an informed decision: Capterra.com/MAJORITY.  Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips 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
August 12, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: Joe Biden mistakenly tells the press that he met with Parkland shooting victims while he was vice president. (CNN) Meanwhile, Kamala Harris condemns Trump’s immigration raids part of campaign of terror hat will result in “flawed’”census. (Politico) And lastly, Hong Kong International Airpot cancels all of its departing flights as mass protests continue for the 10th straight weekend. (Bloomberg) And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: Right Wing politician Alejandro Giammattei won the Guatemala presidential election Sunday, promising he would abolish the migration deal his predecessor made with the Trump administration. A 26-year-old Palestinian gunman shot dead on Sunday was the fifth armed Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces near the Gaza border fence over the weekend amid rising tensions in the region. The New York Times reports that guards at a Manhattan correctional facility tasked with watching billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein violated prison procedure the night of his apparent suicide. And lastly, Donald Trump on Saturday promoted a conspiracy theory linking the Bill and Hillary Clinton to the death of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, the latest instance of the most powerful person in the world sitting on the toilet, tweeting conspiracy theories.
August 9, 2019
Tom Scocca (@tomscocca) joins the MR Crew in studio to discuss his recent piece in Slate, "Where Taking the Concerns of Racists Seriously Has Gotten Us," and to recap the week's biggest stories. On today's show: CNN reports that the two-month old baby orphaned in El Paso shooting was discharged from hospital, then brought back for Trump's photo op. Trump gives a "thumbs up" with the baby. Tom Scocca (@tomscocca), politics editor at Slate, joins the MR Crew in studio to discuss his recent piece in Slate, "Where Taking the Concerns of Racists Seriously Has Gotten Us," as well as the week's biggest stories. The New York Times' boneheaded reporting on white supremacist violence. Bret Stephens claims the Democrats alienate "normal" Americans. NYT's Jon Weisman parrots white supremacist talking points. Joe Biden says at a Town Hall in Iowa "poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids." Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills elaborates on how he feels about Dolphins owner Stephen Ross hosting a re-election fundraiser for Trump. Ben Shapiro upset over Al Sharpton's cracker sponsorship. 11-year-old girl tearfully begs for her father's release following Mississippi ICE raids. Mike from PA on his debate with Destiny. Broflamingo on the Clintons' racism. CNN's Erin Burnett asks Nadler about impeachment, Nadler replies, "this is formal impeachment proceedings." Andrew Cuomo on CNN New Day says Democrats should come together to create a mental health database for gun buyers. Pete Hegseth on Varney and Co says global climate change is a hoax to control what people eat. A caller on the #RecallDunleavy campaign in Alaska. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsors: Embark: Discover your dog more than fur deep with the most accurate Dog DNA Test Kit on the market. Go to Embarkvet.com and use promo code MAJORITY to save 15% off your Dog DNA Test Kit. 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 an 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
August 9, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: Lindsey Graham promises to repeal ObamaCare if Trump and House Republicans win in 2020. (The Hill) Meanwhile, Trump and Melania smiling photo opp with a baby orphaned in El Paso massacre draws global criticism. (The Independent) And lastly, a new study finds that police are a leading cause of death for young men, especially those of color. (Daily Beast) And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: From The Hollywood Reporter; Long John Silver's is dropping Fox News after host Tucker Carlson called White Supremacy, “a ‘hoax’”. The brand is one of more than 20 that have stopped advertising with Fox News show because of Carlson’s offensive rhetoric. A Brazilian Supreme Court minister has barred the Bolsonaro administration from investigating Glenn Greenwald and The Intercept for their reporting on the government’s unethical and potentially illegal conduct. (The Intercept) The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook has offered millions of dollars to ABC News, Dow Jones, Washington Post, and Bloomberg to license their content for a Facebook news section that will debut later in in 2019. And Time Magazine reports the U.S. and the Taliban are close to a peace deal after 18 years of war. The agreement just happens to remove U.S. forces fast enough to meet Trump’s demand that all troops are out of Afghanistan by the November 2020 presidential election.
August 8, 2019
Good morning,  Branko Marcetic from the Jacobin joins Michael Brooks to discuss his recent story, "Why the Right Hates Ilhan Omar." Conservatives hate her because of her race and religion, but they also fear the organizing and fighting she has done for working people of all races and beliefs. As Donald Trump launches his 2020 campaign with his most extreme white supremacist rhetoric to date, Ilhan Omar finds herself at the center of the right's sight. Brooks and Marcetic break down the reasons why the right has it out for Omar. The misconceptions about Ilhan Omar are many and varied, but her focus on universal programs like student debt forgiveness, renters rights, and Medicare for All has set her apart from traditional midwest centrist Democrats like Amy Klobuchar. Marcetic places Omar in the populist history of the upper midwest, comparing her campaign to Paul Wellstone's 1990 Senate run, and his populist platform which backed labor groups and voting against repealing the Glass-Stiegel Act. It's hard to remember now, but the event that put Omar on the GOP's radar was when she questioned Elliot Abrams during his confirmation hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Marcetic argues that Omar's foreign policy critique, which challenges US imperialism, most angers the right and the foreign policy blob in DC. Brooks and Marcetic conclude their discussion by comparing the right's demonization of Omar with its previous campaign to vilify Obama. The right's racist campaign against Obama was effective insofar that Obama continued the wars in the Middle East, increased drone warfare, and bailing out Wall Street. Omar has shown no intent to appease Republicans' interests even in the face of death threats and harassment in the press. And in the Fun Half: convincing Mexicans to maintain left politics after AMLO, updates on the situation in Kashmir, why now is the time for serious debate within the Democratic Caucus, Michael debriefs his debate with Destiny on Twitch, a moment to appreciate Neoliberal John, conservative media's new populism, Sam Harris says white supremacists are simply "shitposting" when they do mass killings, Hondurans are in the streets protesting President Juan Orlando Hernandez after SDNY released corruption charges tying him to the cartel cocaine trade, an update on Lula's imprisonment in Brazil,  plus your calls and IMs! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsors: ExpressVPN  is the fastest VPN, costs less than $7 per month, and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Protect your online activity TODAY and find out how you can get 3 months free at EXPRESSVPN.com/majority Blinkist gives you everything you need to know condensed down into 15 minutes that you can read or listen to with the app. With Blinkist, you get unlimited access to read or listen to a massive library of condensed nonfiction books. Go to Blinkist.com/MAJORITY to start your free 7-day trial. 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 an 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
August 8, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: The NRA pulls its leash on Trump after he shows support for background checks. (Raw Story) Meanwhile, all hospitalized victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Texas refuse to meet with the president during his visit to El Paso. (CBS News) And lastly, ICE detains nearly 700 workers in Mississippi. (Payday Report) And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: Elizabeth Warren is proposing a public option for the internet. The 2020 contender says she wants to make sure every U.S. home has a fiber broadband connection at an affordable cost. From ABC News; Billionaire Tom Steyer has spent more than $6.6 million on television and online ads in the first four weeks of his campaign, according to television and online ad data. And the New York Times reports that President Trump is reportedly mulling the commutation of the 14-year sentence of former Illinois Governor — and former Celebrity Apprentice contestant — Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted in 2011 of 17 federal corruption charges after trying to sell off the appointment to the vacated Senate seat of newly-elected President Barack Obama.
August 7, 2019
Margaret O'Mara (@margaretomara), Professor of History at the University of Washington, joins us to discuss her book, The Code: Silicon Valley And the Remaking of America. On today's show: Latino communities afraid in the wake of the El Paso shooting. Trump says it's a "terrific" opportunity to thank cops and first responders in TX and OH. Margaret O'Mara (@margaretomara), Professor of History at the University of Washington, joins us to discuss her book, The Code: Silicon Valley And the Remaking of America. Silicon Valley is an increasingly influential center of power in US society, but few Americans understand it very well. In this book, O'Mara tracks its development from the 1940s to the present day, from the role played by the Cold War-era government in funding early tech companies, to tech's involvement in the security state, to tech's hypocritical libertarianism, to why the tech world remains so homogenous to this day. On the fun half: Trump suggests Dayton shooter was Antifa, Bernie, Warren supporter. Trump asked if he regrets using the same language as El Paso shooter, says illegal immigration is terrible for the country. White House spokesman claims Obama's condemnation of racism "take us to a dark place." Pat Toomey gives an honest answer about why he won't ban assault weapons: "They're popular." Don Jr. says Joaquin Castro sharing Trump donors in San Antonio is the same as the Dayton shooter's rape/kill list. Fox News tries to clarify differences between FEC report and rape/kill list, Don Jr. doubles down. Joaquin Castro explains the difference between "doxxing" and pointing out publicly available FEC info. Tucker Carlson says white supremacy is not a problem, but a "conspiracy theory used to divide the country." QAnon woman explains the power of the Q movement. Bernie tells Joe Rogan how we must redefine "greatness" for America, talks Wall Street speculation tax. Bernie tells Rogan he'll declassify UFO info because his wife would make him. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsors: ZipRecruiter: sends your job to over 100 of the web’s leading job boards. But they don’t stop there,With their powerful matching technology, ZipRecruiter scans thousands of resumes to find people with the right experience and invites them to apply to your job. Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at this exclusive web address ZipRecruiter.com/MAJORITY! 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. Credo:  CREDO is the only phone company in America that supports the same causes you do – causes fighting to stop climate change and protect reproductive freedom and immigrant rights, Go to CREDO.com/MAJORITY or enter the offer code MAJORITY at checkout 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 an 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
August 7, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: Poll: Biden leads 2020 Democrats while Warren surges and Harris drops. (The Hill) Elizabeth Warren Leads the way among crossover donors. (WSJ) Orange County, the place where Ronald Reagan said ”the good Republicans go to die" is now a place where Democrats outnumber Republicans. (OCR) And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: The AP reports that North Korea leader Kim Jong Un supervised a live-fire demonstration of newly developed, short-range ballistic missiles intended to send a warning to the United States and South Korea over their joint military exercises. The Hill reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture may have violated the law with its decision to relocate two offices from Washington, D.C. to the Kansas City area. Also from The Hill, New Mexico’s Democratic governor is pushing back against the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to help the state fight contamination from “forever chemicals” spread by a military base. And from Forward.com, a letter sent by National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Emmer to party members identified three “left-wing radicals” that he says “bought control of Congress for the Democrats.” Surprise! They are all Jewish.
August 6, 2019
Journalist Emily Guendelsberger, author of 'On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane,' joins us. On today's show: Stuart Varney says Democrats raising the minimum wage to $15/hour is "basically" vote buying. Ainsley Earhardt once again brings up her friend's mayo restaurant. Journalist Emily Guendelsberger joins us to discuss her new book, 'On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane.'  In the tradition of Barbara Ehrenreich's 'Nickel and Dimed,' Guendelsberger worked low-wage jobs at Amazon, McDonalds, and a call center, each of which represents a growing sector of the economy. Incorporating personal experience, interviews with workers, statistics, and psychology, she paints a disturbing picture of the threat to human health and happiness posed by corporate giants incentivized to treats their workers like robots. On the fun half: Hannity and Bongino collaborate to end school shootings with retired cop patrol. Ben Shapiro says we'll have dumb political fights over gun control instead of reform. Brian Kilmeade defends 'invasion' term allegedly used by El Paso suspect. Beto tells press he can't call out Trump by himself, press needs to call out racism. Eddie Glaude Jr. explains American exceptionalism and why we're always shocked by our innate racism and dark past. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsors:  Joybird: With Joybird you get one-of-a-kind furniture crafted to your unique taste. Receive an exclusive offer for 25% off your first order by using the code MAJORITY at joybird.com/MAJORITY! ProactiveMD fights acne: it contains Adapalene (A-da-pa-leen), which is a dermatologist recommended topical retinoid used in the treatment of mild to moderate acne. Get FREE SHIPPING with a 60-Day Money Back Guarantee! www.ProactiveMD/majority. And Calm: the #1 app to help you meditate, sleep and relax. Practices like meditation and prioritizing sleep can leave you feeling more rested, so you have the energy to go out and achieve your goals. If you head to CALM.COM/MAJORITY, you’ll get 25% off a Calm Premium subscription – which includes hundreds of hours of programs. 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 an 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
August 6, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: The NRA spent $1.6 million lobbying against background check expansion laws in months leading up to the nations latest mass shootings. (CNBC) Meanwhile, China confirms it will be suspending agricultural product purchases in response to President Trump’s new tariffs. (CNN) And lastly, AOC rips Mitch McConnell after a picture surfaces of young men in ‘Team Mitch’ shirts ‘groping & choking’ cutout of her. (Raw Story) And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: From the New Food Economy; Those fuzzy brown bowls served at Chipotle and Sweetgreen restaurants that are supposed to be compostable actually contain something called "forever chemicals" that have been linked to cancer. The Hill reports that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler will decide whether to move forward with articles of impeachment against President Trump by late fall of this year  Politico is reporting that a leading climate scientist is quitting the Agriculture Department after two decades because of the Trump administration’s efforts to bury his study showing how rice loses nutrients due to rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The findings raise potentially serious concerns for the 600 million people globally who depend on the crop for most of their calories. And, the Dallas Morning News reports that President Donald Trump, who plans to visit El Paso this week, still owes city more than $500K for expenses related to a rally of his in February.
August 5, 2019
Igor Volsky, Executive Director of Guns Down America and author of 'Guns Down: How to Defeat the NRA and Build a Safer Future with Fewer Guns,' joins us. On today's show: Beto responds to question about what Trump can do to unite country: "He's not tolerating racism, he's promoting racism." Trump addresses nation: "Hate has no place in America." May 2019: Trump says migrants are an "invasion," laughs when someone in crowd says "shoot 'em!" Igor Volsky, Executive Director of Guns Down America and author of 'Guns Down: How to Defeat the NRA and Build a Safer Future with Fewer Guns,' joins us to discuss the latest mass shootings and what can be done to implement better gun control in the US. While it would not be un-thinkable to amend the second amendment down the line, there are many regulations politicians could enact now, should they choose to do so. Also: the outsized role played by Walmart. For more, visit WalmartMustAct.org and EmergencySenateSession.org. Tucker Carlson, talking about migrant caravan, calls it "an invasion." Mike Huckabee, Stuart Varney, repeat the "invasion" rhetoric. Jake Tapper compares white supremacists to Palestinian leaders. Eddie Glaude Jr. says Mick Mulvaney can't acknowledge El Paso shooter is domestic terrorist: "There's an ideology at work here." Fox News guest blames mass shootings on video games. TX Lt. Governor says shootings happen because there's no more prayer in schools. Tim Ryan withdraws from presidential election, tells Republicans to "get their shit together." Charlie Kirk says young people engage in mass shootings because of climate anxiety, and it's the left's fault for feeding them lies. Pat McCrory says radical left antifa needs to be recognized the same as white supremacists. Soccer player Alejandro Bedoya uses on-field mic to call on Congress to end gun violence. 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 an 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
August 5, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: 8Chan, a web forum popular with white supremacists is dropped by its cybersecurity provider in the wake of the mass shooting in El Paso. (NBC News) Mexico looks into taking legal action against the US after six Mexican nationals were killed and seven others were injured in El Paso. (CNN) A leaked international climate report says attempts to solve our climate crisis by cutting carbon emissions from only cars, factories and power plants are doomed to failure. (Guardian) And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: From The Hill, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday that he hoped to soon place ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia, a day after the United States pulled itself from a Cold War-era arms control pact. Politico reports that the DNC is placing operatives in six battleground state to focus exclusively on attacking President Trump and driving local conversation about his policies ahead of the 2020 election. CNN is reporting that the mass protests in Hong Kong have forced its biggest airline, Cathay Pacific, to cancel more than 150 flights on Monday and urge passengers to postpone non-essential travel. And former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel is ending his bid for president, which was run by a pair of social media-savvy teenagers.
August 2, 2019
On today's show, Alex Pareene joins us to discuss Mitch McConnell, election security, and why Marianne Williamson's platform is more durable than politicos think. We're live at noon eastern time. In his first day back from debate coverage, Sam assesses the Sanders/Warren coalition and the wide-ranging demographics the two candidates cover. Alex Pareene explains Joe Biden's declining on-stage performance and why attacks from Cory Booker and Kamala Harris are beneficial to progressive left candidates like Warren and Sanders. While Biden is still in pole position, every candidate right of Sanders and Warren is taking his or her shot at the former vice president. Sam then explores the Sanders campaign strategy and its focus on organizing labor forces across the country. The progressives are ascending, and roles have flipped. The progressives have been center stage, and the centrist technocrats are on the outside. Democrats have crossed a threshold with 118 Democratic Caucus members now in support of impeachment. Sam and Alex discuss what Pelosi will do now that the majority of her caucus supports impeachment proceedings. Next, Alex and Sam breakdown Mitch McConnell's resistance to the Senate's election security bills and why McConnell will fight to the death to keep money in politics. Likewise, why do Americans seem apathetic to expanding voting rights or securing election integrity? Judy Gold joins Sam with a litany of rage. Some of her targets: Mitch McConnell, Trump's racism, Bill de Blasio's sideburns, MAGA people in her audience, Democratic indecision and infighting, and CNN's masturbatory patriotism. Judy wishes Jerry Nadler and Chuck Schumer would take a page out of Bernie Sanders' book on rage and mobilizing voters. Marianne Williamson's self-help is only for the rich and is all bullshit. But, ending on something positive, Judy says look to Puerto Rico's mass mobilization is something to aspire towards--get out there and do something! And in the Fun Half: appreciating Bill O'Reilly's prose, taking the temperature of the disengaged electorate, the first Pareene "pause it," Jesse Watters praises Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield, Nikki Haley bravely uses emojis to protest Donald Trump's ambient racism, the Trump rally crowd applauds black attendees, Trump remembers the USSR, but not the Warsaw Uprising, and why TPP could sink an "electable" Democratic candidate in a general election against Trump, Jeff in Georgia offers himself up as a running mate to Sam's Libertarian ticket, plus your calls and IMs! 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 an 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  
August 2, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop   TODAY'S HEADLINES:   Another day, another GOP retirement. This time it’s the lone black Republican in the House of Representatives.   Meanwhile, the Pentagon prepares to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan as part of a proposed peace deal with the Taliban.   And lastly, good morning Nancy Pelosi! More than half of House Democrats now say they’ll vote to launch impeachment proceedings against President Trump.    And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES: ​ Daily Beast reports that former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has been using a nonprofit group he advises to raise money for his U.S. Senate campaign, and legal experts say one recent fundraising push likely ran afoul of federal campaign finance laws.   From the Washington Post, three NRA board members who raised concerns about reports of reckless spending and mismanagement by the group's leadership resigned Thursday, another sign of mounting dissent within the nation's most powerful gun-rights group.   New York Times is reporting that the Manhattan district attorney's office has subpoenaed the Trump Organization, requesting documents related to hush money payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels, several people briefed on the matter told The New York Times Thursday.   And the FBI for the first time has identified fringe conspiracy theories as a domestic terrorist threat, according to a previously unpublicized document obtained by Yahoo News. 
August 1, 2019
Good morning, Djene Bajalan joins Michael Brooks to discuss the current state of Turkey and Erdogan's role in the Middle East. Plus, how might a Democratic president approach diplomatic relations with Erdogan's government? Michael and Djene kick off their discussion with an assessment of the Democratic field's foreign policy agendas. Djene believes the way forward on progressive foreign policy is taking a more holistic approach which goes beyond condemning interventionism and endless imperialism. Instead, it's time to start providing plans to keep bad actors like Saudi Arabia from escalating tensions in the Middle East, like Sanders' plan to withhold aid and arms sales. Michael and Djene then compare and contrast Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders' track record on foreign policy, with Warren's institutional pedigree and Sanders' citizen diplomacy. Djene next breaks down Tulsi Gabbard's center-left, anti-intervention foreign policy, and its inconsistencies like her relationships with Bashar al-Assad and Narendra Modi. Switching gears, Djene explores the latest round of Turkish elections which saw significant gains for opposition parties to Erdogan. The government has challenged these election results, and in some cases wiped election results and arranged new elections. Michael and Djene conclude their conversation considering Erdogan and his government as the prototype for global authoritarianism which has spanned over the world. And in the Fun Half: Chris Matthews is a quant now, Bill de Blasio grills Biden on Obama's immigration record, Cory Booker explains why Biden's immigration stance plays into Republicans' immigration agenda, Neera Tanden says Democratic voters can't criticize the establishment if they want to win, Pharma is fighting M4A and the public option because why not, why Mike Gravel was snubbed from the CNN debates, Cornel West diagnoses the neoliberal panic in the Democratic party, Tulsi Gabbard lays out Kamala Harris' prosecutorial record very plainly, Marianne Williamson's constituents convince her to support M4A, CNN protects America's never-ending war policy, why Jay Inslee should remain on the debate stage, weighing the Sanders campaign against the Warren campaign, Ronald Reagan confirms he is in fact racist, Ben Shapiro says Flint was not a product of structural racism, plus your calls and IMs! Become a member today at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsors: CREDO is the only phone company in America that supports the same causes you do – causes fighting to stop climate change and protect reproductive freedom and immigrant rights. Switch to CREDO Mobile now and, as a reward, you’ll get 12 pints of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream — that’s a pint a month for 12 months! Go to CREDO.com/MAJORITY or enter the offer code MAJORITY at checkout. 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. And right now NetSuite is offering you valuable insights with a FREE guide – “Seven Key Strategies to Grow your Profits” at NetSuite.com/MAJORITY.  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 an 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
August 1, 2019
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop   TODAY'S HEADLINES:   The president’s intelligence watchdog tells top Senate Democrats that he can’t investigate how the White House handled security clearances for Jared Kushner and Ivanka unless Trump asks him to.   Meanwhile, Ben Carson gets booted off a Baltimore church’s property after attempting to hold a press conference there without permission.    And lastly, Kentucky coal miners block train tracks in protest after their bankrupted employers stop paying them.   And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:   From Politico, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced it is cutting interest rates for the first time in more than a decade, as a slowdown in global growth and the fallout from President Donald Trump’s trade wars cloud an otherwise solid U.S. economy.   Think Progress reports that the United States will officially leave the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty on Friday, undoing 32 years of nonproliferation efforts and marking what some worry will be a new arms race between Russia and the US.   The Hill is reporting that Arizona has filed a lawsuit at the Supreme Court, asking the justices to order the Sackler family — the owners of Purdue Pharma — to return billions of dollars in connection with their handling of the opioid epidemic.   And the New York Times reports that Jeff Epstein, the billionaire accused of sex trafficking, had one hoped to seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women at his vast New Mexico ranch.
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