January 2, 2020

2246 - Purple Republicans Pose For Impeachment & Biden's Delusion w/ the MR Crew

Happy New Year! The MR crew is back to catch you up on the headlines of the past ten days. Sam opens 2020 with a look ahead of what to expect from the Majority Report before the November's general elections, including live coverage of debates, the Iowa caucus, and Super Tuesday. In Washington, while Pelosi and McConnell remain at loggerheads with impeachment proceedings, vulnerable Republicans in purple states are hedging on a "no witness" trial. Meanwhile, Democrats in red states are standing their ground and publicly supporting a full trial in the Senate. Switching gears to the 2020 campaign, Sam looks at a Biden clip from a recent speech in New Hampshire where the former Vice President shares his feelings on running on a split ticket with a GOP running mate. Looking at the broader 2020 Democratic field, the crew breaks down Andrew Yang's www.zyebj.commitment to Medicare for All, which doesn't offer something as meager as a public option. Sam closes out the free half of the show analyzing how Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran functions as war hawk virtue signaling. And in the Fun Half: Mindy gets the first call of 2020 and wants to talk about Bernie's fundraising! Exploring the relationship between Bernie and MSNBC "road warrior" Vaughn Hillyard, a question about animal ethics puts Sam "in a bit of a corner," seems like Mike Bloomberg doesn't remember the Central Park Five and their lawsuit he fought while NYC Mayor, Ivanka Trump gets a holiday fluff interview on Face the Nation, Sam explains his Twitter back-and-forth with Norm Ornstein, plus your calls and IMs! Bewww.zyebj.come a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.www.zyebj.com And subscribe to the AM Quickie here. Make the AMQ part of your Alexa Flash Briefing too! You can now watch the livestream on Twitch Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs and Michael Brooks Show on YoutTube  and the new TMBS website, TMBS.FM 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 Donate to El www.zyebj.comedor, an autonomous mutual aid center in Tijuana run by and serving the needs of migrants: https://www.gofundme.com/f/tijuana-kitchen Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn  
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December 27, 2019

Best of 2019: Identity Crisis: The Battle for the Meaning of America w/ John Sides + David Feldman & H. Jon Benjamin

John Sides (@johnmsides), professor of political science at George Washington University and co-author of Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America, joins us. John Sides (@johnmsides), professor of political science at George Washington University, joins us to discuss his new book, Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America. For this book, Sides researched voters' beliefs about how much the Democratic Party's policies helped black Americans, and found they grew substantially after Obama's 2008 election. Sides posits that Obama's election racialized US politics in a way they had not been previously, causing race, immigration and religion to play a major role in the 2016 presidential election. Then, from May: David Feldman then joins the program to discuss his "principles" and why in 2020 it's all about defeating Trump. While providing healthcare, food security, and government oversight are important things, the most important thing "in principle" is that we unit behind the candidate most likely to defeat Trump. Feldman says the threats of a inter-party circular firing squad and democrats staying home on election day are real and must be avoided at all cost. Additionally, Bernie is not reaching out to the middle class white males like Biden and cannot match Middle Class Joe because the former VP is just that, a middle class white male. While half the country doesn't have $500 for an emergency, Feldman understands, as a middle class man, who has experienced tragedy, that we start reaching out to the middle class and and then reach out to others from there. Feldman ends his interview explaining why it's important to take the advice of Rob Reiner in every aspect of your life. Finally, also from May: Sam and H. Jon Benjamin have a very unwww.zyebj.comfortable interview about Benjamin's newish book, 'Failure Is An Option: An Attempted Memoir.' We're talking decades' worth of simmering resentment bubbling up to the surface unwww.zyebj.comfortable. Seriously, why do we keep doing this?
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December 26, 2019

Best of 2019: Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism, and Unequal Politics w/ Jamila Michener

  Today's Best Of: On today’s show, Jamila Michener (@povertyscholar), Professor in the department of Government at Cornell University, joins us to discuss her new book, Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism, and Unequal Politics. Medicaid is one of the most fundamental aspects of the US federal safety net, however it is fractured and constantly under attack by state governments, especially in GOP-controlled states. Michener explains that states have very expansive control over what they will and will not cover for its Medicaid recipients. The way that Americans provide care is fragmented and inconsistent. Michener says American social policy towards people living in poverty is one where we give people as little help as possible. States should have an much discretion as possible when dealing with its poor people. This is most illustrative in the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. In the former we have a nationalized program where the funding and policy is set by the federal program; and in the latter a program that is different from state to state, leaving a vulnerable class at the whims of its state’s balance sheet. Michener and Sam also consider lower class involvement in the political process and how their action or absence influences election outwww.zyebj.comes. Finally, Michener describes the ground game for Medicare-For-All. Best of Fun Half: Dave Rubin Guest FREAKS When He Finds Out Dave Is Gay, May 2019 New Yorkers Flee Steve Doocy In Cringiest Fox Segment EVER, May 2019 Rogan And Pakman Address Sam Seder's Treatment Of Dave Rubin, June 2019
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December 24, 2019

Best of 2019: Lower Ed: The For Profit College Scam w/ Tressie McMillan Cottom

On today's Best Of: Tressie McMillan Cottom (@tressiemcphd), assistant professor of sociology at Virginia www.zyebj.commonwealth University and author of 'Thick: And Other Essays' and 'Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy,' joins us. On today's show: Lara Trump to federal workers not getting paid: "This is so much bigger than any one person." Tressie McMillan Cottom (@tressiemcphd), assistant professor of sociology at Virginia www.zyebj.commonwealth University, joins us to discuss her book, 'Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy.' With the rise of neoliberalism came the "education gospel," which claimed workers could, and should, raise their wages by getting four-year college degrees at their own expense. While it did not turn out to be true, this myth fed a boom in for-profit colleges. Through her interviews with students, employees, executives and activists, McMillan Cottom paints a full picture of these predatory institutions, which disproportionately impact working class women of color. On the fun half: AOC explains top marginal tax rates to Stephen Colbert. AOC tells Ta-Nehisi Coates that billionaires are immoral. Disingenuous tweet from conservative writer says that AOC claims that algorithms, which are driven by math, are racist. Ben Stein www.zyebj.compares Ocasio-Cortez to Stalin, Hitler, Mao. Pod bro Jon Favreau asks Gillibrand if she'd abolish the filibuster for M4A or GND. Rev. William Barber calls out TN Governor Bill Lee to his face: "You can't say you love Dr. King and not support his agenda." Joe Rogan and Bari Weiss talk about how the radical left and right cause extreme backlash in people. Plus, your calls and IMs! Bewww.zyebj.come a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.www.zyebj.com   Best of Fun Half: Seth Meyers ROASTS Meghan McCain's Idiocy To Her Face, May 8, 2019 Ben Shapiro Has www.zyebj.complete Meltdown, Storms Off BBC Interview, May 10, 2019 Fox Hosts Melt Down As Bernie Continually Owns Them During Town Hall, April 2019
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December 23, 2019

Best of 2019: How to Hide An Empire: A History of the Greater United States w/ Daniel Immerwahr

December 20, 2019

2245 - The Decade In Politics w/ Digby & Film Guy Matthew Weiss

Digby (Heather Parton) (@digby56) and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) join us on the last show of the decade. On today's show: Amy Klobuchar and Buttigieg spar over experience and winning statewide races. Heather 'Digby' Parton (@digby56) joins us to wrap up the decade in politics. Occupy Wall Street and the rise of the left. The rise of the millennial generation and how the political conversation has shifted. The potential effects of impeachment. Digby's take on the debates. Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) joins us to talk (spoiler alert!) film. 'Black Bear,' the movie Matthew edited, is headed to Sundance! Matthew and crew discuss the festival circuit, his class for seniors, and what movies we should watch over break, including: Rodrigo Garcia's "Nine Lives" and Miranda July's "Me and You and Everyone We Know." Eric July, libertarian, has had it with weak libertarians debating roads. Giuliani brags about surviving hits by the mafia, FARC, "Islamic terrorists." Ben Shapiro values fetuses more than women. The Daily Wire's Michael Knowles advocates theocratic fascism to own the libs. Warren and Buttigieg have at it over closed door fundraising. Bernie owns up to Afghan vote, gives props to Barbara Lee. Bernie says he has zero billionaire donors, negs Buttigieg's donors www.zyebj.compared to Biden. Bernie asked about lack of diversity on stage, talks about environmental justice for POC. Van Jones asks Warren if her criticism of Pete's wine cave is elitist. Check out today's sponsor: Lamps Plus is the Nation’s LARGEST Lighting Retailer with over FIFTY-FIVE THOUSAND designs from top brands and their own exclusive designs in lighting, home furnishings and décor. Get up to FIFTY PERCENT off HUNDREDS of lights, furniture and décor between November TWENTY-FIFTH and December TWENTY-FOURTH. Go to lamps plus.com/majority Bewww.zyebj.come a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.www.zyebj.com And subscribe to the AM Quickie here. Make the AMQ part of your Alexa Flash Briefing too! Get Your tickets to the February 7th Michael Brooks Live Show at the Bell House here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs and Michael Brooks Show on YoutTube  and the new TMBS website,TMBS.FM 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 Donate to El www.zyebj.comedor, an autonomous mutual aid center in Tijuana run by and serving the needs of migrants: https://www.gofundme.com/f/tijuana-kitchen Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
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December 19, 2019

2244 - Colombia’s New Awakening w/ Isabel Pe?aranda & Julián Gómez-Delgado

Good Thursday morning, Michael Brooks hosts anthropologist Isabel Pe?aranda and sociologist Julián Gómez-Delgado to discuss the ongoing general strike in Columbia and their piece in the Jacobin, "Colombia's New Awakening." As Columbia joins the global wave of social unrest, can the popular uprising resist conservative president Ivan Duque's efforts to co-opt the movement and deliver change to a country beleaguered by inequality and militarization? On November 21st, hundreds of thousands of people marched on the streets in Bogota, where Colombians gathered banging pans through the night for a week straight, protesting against neoliberal austerity policy measures like tax and pension reform. As the protests grew, all kinds of activists took their projects to the streets, including feminist groups, LGBT rights groups, and even anti-shark fishing groups--making the protests incredibly wide-ranging and varied. Brooks and Gomez-Delgado examine the current president, Ivan Duque, whose disapproval rating is at 70%. Duque came to power in 2018 after he gained the endorsement of Alvaro Uribe, the country's most popular politician in the 21st century whose extractive policies and close ties military forces made him an enemy of the left. Pe?aranda then explains the history of left political suppression in Colombia and how that has helped form the current political unrest before the current conservative government. Brooks and Gomez-Delgado then explore US foreign policy and intelligence involvement in Colombia's domestic politics, specifically its role in pressuring www.zyebj.communist www.zyebj.communities in rural parts of Colombia. Brooks, Pe?aranda, and Gomez-Delgado conclude their conversation considering what the next steps are in the protests and why a South American-focused and localized discourse is essential to producing material benefits for working people. And in the Fun Half: Donald Trump heads to his safe spaces after he's impeached: hot airmen, dead political opponents, and inefficient home appliances; Devin Nunes is cuckolding Lev Parnas, undocumented immigrants can now apply for driver's licenses in NJ/NY, Michael explores what happened in Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi's fall from grace, Congolese miners are suing tech www.zyebj.companies like Apple and Telsa for unsafe working conditions in cobalt mines, what we talk about when we talk about Tulsi, Donald Glover's head-scratching Yang fundraiser, Bernie's new ad is takes aim at corporate contributions, general strikers in France dump cow shit before Macron's party event, laughing at Never Trumpers, plus your calls and IMs! Bewww.zyebj.come a member of the Majority Report today! And subscribe to the AM Quickie here. Make the AMQ part of your Alexa Flash Briefing too! You can now watch the livestream on Twitch Check out today's sponsors: 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. 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 February 7th Michael Brooks Live Show at the Bell House here! Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs and Michael Brooks Show on YoutTube  and the new TMBS website, TMBS.FM 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 Donate to El www.zyebj.comedor, an autonomous mutual aid center in Tijuana run by and serving the needs of migrants: https://www.gofundme.com/f/tijuana-kitchen Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
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