January 27, 2020

2262 - John Bolton Bombshell & Biden Lies About His Record w/ Nomiki Konst & the MR Crew

Happy Monday, MR listeners! We're back with a full slate of news and joined by Nomiki Konst of the Nomiki Show. On today's show: Trump reveals the moment he became pro-life at March For Life. Mitt Romney wants to hear from John Bolton. Bernie is surging in Iowa! Last week: Biden lies about freezing social security: "I didn't propose a freeze." Sunday: Biden defends stance on social security cuts/freezes: "That was over 20 years ago." Bernie won't apologize for critique of Biden's record on social security. On the fun half: Kilmeade says it's a shame Bolton's manuscript was leaked, almost wrapped trial without any contention for witnesses. Sen. Mike Braun says his gut tells him nothing anyone said has changed his mind on impeachment...not particularly moved by Bolton. Bloomberg jokes at Jewish rally in Florida, says Bernie wants to turn America into a kibbutz. 2018: Trump says he was most concerned with Hillary picking Bernie as a running mate. Nomiki on what DNC committees do, how they could screw over Bernie. A caller on canvassing in Iowa. Ben Shapiro: "the left has canceled my friend Joe Rogan for praising Bernie Sanders!" Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.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 today's sponsors: ZipRecruiter finds candidates FOR you, and its technology identifies people with the right experience and invites them to apply to your job. Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/majority Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service that delivers your favorite clothing, shoes, and accessories, directly to you. Get started today at StitchFix.com/majority and get an extra 25% off when you keep everything in your box. With Stamps.com, you get DISCOUNTED postage rates that you can’t even get at the Post Office! Right now listeners get a special offer that includes a 4-week trial PLUS free postage AND a digital scale without any long-term commitment. Just go to Stamps.com, click on the Microphone at the TOP of the homepage and type in MAJORITYREPORT. 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 Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or anywhere free podcasts are sold. Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover, or on iTunes. Donate to El 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
  • 1 hours, 7 minutes
January 24, 2020

2261 - Obama-To-Nobody Voters & Vetting Bernie w/ Brandon Sutton & Film Guy Matthew Weiss

Brandon Sutton (@PrettyBadLefty) and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) join us. On today's show: Fox Business reporter explains his scoop about Obama wanting to speak out against Bernie. Medicaid block grants under Trump outsource cuts to states. The significance of Obama-to-nobody voters and the prevalence of POC in that demo. The role of race and gender rhetoric, and how those categories are connected to class. Film Guy Matthew (@langdonboom), official MR film critic, calls in to give us an on-the-ground report from the Sundance Film Festival. The critique that Bernie hasn't been vetted: lol wut? What kinds of attacks could Trump use on Bernie? Warren confronted by mad dad who paid off daughter's student loans. Dan Crenshaw says student loan forgiveness is "buying votes." Sylvia Garcia explains how Senate Ukraine caucus supported Victor Sholkin's removal. TUESDAY: Josh Hawley says there are no new facts presented by House impeachment managers. FRIDAY: Tim Scott: House impeachment managers have not added a single fact to the record (despite votes to do so). Rick Scott is upset he can only drink water during the impeachment trial. Rudy on Fox and Friends sounding like a Q-Anon believer. Acting ICE director says they intend to deport DACA recipients if SCOTUS rules w/ Trump. Check out today's show: Get up to FIFTY PERCENT off HUNDREDS of lights, furniture and décor from now until JANUARY TWENTY SEVENTH, Go to LAMPSPLUSUS.com/majority to start saving today. For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code majority during checkout Native deodorant is made with ingredients you’ve heard of, like coconut oil and shea butter – it’s also vegan and never tested on animals. Skillshare is an online learning community for everyone from creatives, to freelance business owners, to people who just want to get better at their hobby or learn a brand new hobby. And anyone who goes to https://skl.sh/majorityreport5 is going to get TWO entire months of totally free access to Skillshare’s entire library of THOUSANDS of online classes. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.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 Come See the Michael Brooks Show at the Bell House on February 7th! Tickets 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 Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or anywhere free podcasts are sold. Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover, or on iTunes. Donate to El 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  
  • 2 hours, 43 minutes
January 23, 2020

2260 - The Third Way is the Past, Socialism is the Future w/ Paul Heideman

Happy Thursday, Michael Brooks hosts Paul Heideman to discuss his latest piece in the Jacobin, "The Third Way is the Past. Socialism is the Future," which tracks neoliberalism's failures, particularly its rejection of the left, and why Democratic Socialism is on the rise. Michael and Heideman begin their conversation tracing the history of Third Way politicians, keeping it limited to parties that had a history aligned with social democratic policies. Heideman highlights programs like federal block grants as a policy change that pared back the welfare state and allowed states to divert funds away from the people and to partisan political projects which functioned to open the free markets. Michael and Heideman shift gears to the UK and Tony Blair's failure to maintain power after his blunders through the Iraq War alongside the marketization of the NHS and education policy in parliament. Heideman argues that Third Way politics in England imploded because New Labor had to own the Iraq War, while the Democrats could blame Republicans for our Mid East blunders. Third Way politics in America have eroded slowly during the Obama presidency after the 44th president's limited bailout reforms and growing wealth inequality. And while Clinton's loss in 2016 seemed like Third Way's demise, it may last a few years longer if Joe Biden can win in 2020. Michael and Heideman conclude their conversation considering why socialism is the best antidote for a runaway capitalist system controlled by oligarchs.  And in the Fun Half: continuing the question of racism's core, useful tips for Bernie phone-bankers, Jim Messina says Bernie is the least electable Democratic candidate, Amy Klobuchar gets the much-coveted Comedy Writers endorsement, a look back at Bernie's consistency, TBT: Jim Messina's homophobic political ad from 2002, a clip of Michael's Lula interview, Zoe Lofgren makes a salient point--we need transparency in government, the Fox & Friends audience do not care about impeachment at all, plus your calls and IMs! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.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 today's sponsors: Hunt a Killer thrusts you and your friends or family into an ongoing murder mystery investigation. Right now, just for our listeners, you can go to HuntAKiller.com/MAJORITY and use promo code MAJORITY at check out for 20% off your first box. 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 Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or anywhere free podcasts are sold. Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover, or on iTunes. Donate to El 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
  • 49 minutes
January 22, 2020

2259 - Biden In Decline & Trump's Legal Counsel On 'Lawyer Lawsuits'

The MR crew breaks down the news. On today's show: Chris Coons is setting himself up to be a power broker, block progressive agenda. Donate to his primary challenger at jessfordelaware.com! Biden rejects the claim that Bernie is ahead of the VP with black voters under age 35. Trump still complaining about Schiff paraphrasing, says WH has all the material. Jay Sekulow resentful of "lawyer lawsuits;" Adam Schiff responds. John Roberts reprimands lawyers/impeachment managers, reminds Senators of the dignity of the Senate. On the fun half: Sam and Jamie speak with a surprisingly reasonable libertarian. Biden ad attacks Bernie ad on social security, says he's wanted to protect SS his entire career, will increase benefits. Bernie ad features audio of Biden saying he wants to cut SS in the '90s. 2008: Joe Biden says "absolutely" you have to put SS on the table. Joe Rogan says he'll vote for Bernie...wishes he'd pick Tulsi as running mate. Buttigieg has his "please clap" moment in NH. Josh from Chicago on canvassing in NH. How to support the Palm Beach County Tenants Union: @pbctenantsunion, patreon.com/pbtenantsrising. Kowalski invites Sam to a Polish heritage festival. Biden gets defensive with journalist re: Bernie's apology. A caller on the material origins of right-wing populism. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.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 today's sponsors: Blinkist: Blinkist is the only app that takes thousands of the best-selling nonfiction books and distills them down to their most impactful elements, so you can read or listen to them on your phone in under 15 minutes. Go to blinkist.com/MAJORITY to start your free trial or get three months off your yearly plan. Capterra: With over 700,000 reviews of products from real software users, 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. 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 Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or anywhere free podcasts are sold. Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover, or on iTunes. Donate to El 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
  • 1 hours, 14 minutes
January 21, 2020

2258 - A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, & the Fight for Democracy w/ Jane McAlevey & Nomiki Konst

Happy Tuesday! Author and organizer Jane McAlevey joins Sam to discuss her new book,  A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy, on how workers must continue to fight with broad-based supermajorities across the working class. McAlevey and Sam begin their conversation discussing the state of labor organizing in America during the Trump era and the recent progress of teacher unions across the country. McAlevey explains how Collective Bargain differs from her previous books and the need to reeducate the working populace on unions and their common misconceptions. McAlevey contextualizes the benefits of unions through Silicon Valley labor practices. She describes how tech become a new arena for organizing in 2020, where forced arbitration agreements leave workers with very little agency over their labor or workplace environments. There is no way around collective organizing if tech workers want to change their company's culture--it cannot happen in a top-down system. Beyond one's place of employment, looking at the state of the judiciary system and the campaign finance laws, the best (and possibly only) tool working people have in our society is to organize with strategic strikes that shut things down in the streets. That is how workers will win in a post-Trump era.    And Nomiki Konst joins Sam for the Fun Half to discuss: Trump's grief over Notre Dame, the 'Middle Class' Joe fallacy, even Tom Brokaw recognizes it, Bernie's ground game in Iowa as the Senate Impeachment trial begins, why the Senate Dems resent Bernie, AOC on challenging the Democrats status-quo and fighting for public programs, the stupidity of the NYT split-endorsement, Protestors are frustrating Pete Buttigieg, former Breitbart lackey Kurt Bardella does not speak for everyday Democrats, plus one call from John in San Antonio! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.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 today's sponsor: Embark Breed + Health Test is the key to unlocking your dog’s unique breed mix and genetically informed health needs – so you can help your pup live its healthiest, happiest life. Go to Embarkvet.com now and use promo code MAJORITY to save 15% off your Dog DNA Test Kit. Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover, or on iTunes. Donate to El 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
  • 1 hours, 17 minutes
January 20, 2020
January 17, 2020

2257 - The President’s Parnas Panic w/ Digby & Judy Gold

Happy Friday! Digby and Judy Gold join Sam and the MR Crew to discuss the top stories of the week, including the Lev Parnas revelations, impeachment heads to the Senate, and the breach of the Sanders/Warren non-aggression pact. Starting with *The Story*: Sam and Digby agree that the Sanders and Warren story is new, but it certainly does not deserve the amount of coverage provided by the media. Consider the fact that we were on the brink of war last week, and the president's impeachment trial will begin next week in the Senate. Meanwhile, the revelations from Lev Parnas' document dump shed new light on the Ukraine scandal and the interactions between Giuliani and his Ukrainian oligarch contacts. Digby and Sam go through all the players and key figures involved in the Ukraine quid-pro-quo. Finally, as impeachment moves to the Senate, Digby and Sam consider the limited press access permitted by Mitch McConnell and why Chuck Schumer isn't railing against the leader's decision.  Then, Judy Gold joins Sam and asks how the hell can Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz possibly be working for the White House in 2020? Judy is at the end of her rope--Democrats need to win the White House back this fall. She's had enough of these assholes in the GOP. They conclude their conversation considering the reasons for having children. And in the Fun Half: the Saga of American Action Network's "Stacy," John from San Antonio wonders if Elizabeth Warren is angling for a Biden VP spot, low information voters and Chris Hayes' classic TNR piece from 2004, Devin Nunes tries out a dozen lies about his relationship with Lev Parnas, while Donald Trump and Rudy are in the same boat, and if they're going down, they're going down together.  Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.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 today's sponsors: Skillshare is an online learning community for everyone from creatives, to freelance business owners, to people who just want to get better at their hobby or learn a brand new hobby. And anyone who goes to https://skl.sh/majorityreport5 is going to get TWO entire months of totally free access to Skillshare’s entire library of THOUSANDS of online classes. 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 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 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
  • 1 hours, 38 minutes
January 16, 2020

2256 - How the Other Half Learns: the Battle Over School Choice w/ Robert Pondiscio

Sam is joined by education writer Robert Pondiscio to discuss his latest book How the Other Half Learns: Equality, Excellence, and the Battle Over School Choice. Matt Binder joins us to host the Fun Half. On today's show: Sam on the Bernie Sanders/Liz Warren post-debate exchange. Sam is joined by education writer Robert Pondiscio to discuss his latest book How the Other Half Learns: Equality, Excellence, and the Battle Over School Choice. Sam and Pondiscio discuss the author's year embedding at Success Academy, one of New York's most contentious charter schools: his experience there, the ideas behind public charter schools, and what made Success Academy perform so highly. Sam asks: What about the fact that charter schools attract students whose parents are more motivated and engaged in their lives? Doesn't that skew the results, and maybe disadvantage kids whose parents are not as engaged? A spirited back and forth. On the fun half: More Bernie/Warren analysis. Chuck Schumer on why he'll vote no on USMCA: it doesn't contain environmental protections. NYT questions Buttigieg on his role in downsizing, Canadian bread price fixing scandal. Kowalski on the inspiring possibilities of American farmers protesting for a Green New Deal. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.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 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
  • 1 hours, 22 minutes
January 15, 2020

2255 - Warren Doubles Down, Causing Bernie Bro Brouhaha ft. Nomiki Konst

Good Wednesday morning, we're back from last night's debate coverage and ready to bring you the latest news on impeachment, our breakdown of Iowa debate, and the rest of the day's headlines. On today's show: Trump says energy efficient lightbulb makes people look orange. Trump goes after energy efficient appliances. Warren refuses to shake Bernie's hand after debate. Karen Finney is upset about Bernie and his bros. Mika calls out CNN moderator Abby Phillips for framing questions to Bernie/Warren about their conversation. Amy Klobuchar forgets governor's name. Bernie talks Iraq, Vietnam, wars based on lies. On the fun half: The View takes on Bernie bros, relitigate 2016, McMeghan says he hurt Hillary, has a problem with women. Stephen King anti-Collins billboard van parked outside his home, and hers. Brit Hume says Bolton testimony, whatever he says, won't move GOP senators. Schiff says Parnas documents show Giuliani was working in Ukraine with Trump's consent. November: Gun girl gets owned at Rutgers. 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: Skillshare is an online learning community for everyone from creatives, to freelance business owners, to people who just want to get better at their hobby or learn a brand new hobby. And anyone who goes to https://skl.sh/majorityreport5 is going to get TWO entire months of totally free access to Skillshare’s entire library of THOUSANDS of online classes. Cariuma is the sustainable sneaker brand that uses premium natural materials, like fairtrade cotton, and source responsibly from ethical tanneries for leather, suede & natural rubber. Go to cariuma.com/majority to get 15% off. Brooklinen: This new year, it’s time to get comfortable with new bedding, loungewear, towels and more. also offers other essentials like towels, shower curtains and bathmats, and even launched ultra-soft loungewear that makes you feel like you never left bed. Get 10% off your first order and free shipping on all the new sheets when you use the promo code MAJORITY, only at Brooklinen.com 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 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 Members watch the full episode here.
  • 1 hours, 16 minutes
January 14, 2020

2254 - Project Veritas' Weak Gotcha & The Bernie Sexism Nothingburger

Sam and the crew bring you all the 2020 Democratic primary news in anticipation of tonight's debate in Des Moines, IA. On today's show: Project Veritas catches Bernie volunteer Kyle saying DNC will be just like 1978. Also: saying Bernie's free college plan will educate people to not be Nazis. Trump labor department changes Obama-era rule on labor. WI judge orders purging of over 200,000 voters. On the Bernie Sanders sexism nothingburger: Warren statement claims Bernie told her a woman can't win in private convo. HEADLINE: Biden says sexism won't happen to him. Bernie encourages a third grade girl to run for office, and presidency. Bernie 1988: says a woman can win, asks if voters on the side of working people or corporate interests. Emily's list posts story: "Can a woman beat Trump? Some Democrats wonder if it's worth the risk." Ad against Republican Cory Gardner: He works for Trump, not Colorado. On the fun half: A classic libertarian debate. Cheri Bustos won't say whether AOC's fundraising is helping the Democrats. Obama 2008: Reminding voters about Senator Clinton's track record. Obama 2008: Clinton is rewriting history with her Iraq War vote. An Iranian caller on the demonstrations against Iran's authoritarian government. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.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 today's sponsors: Honey is the FREE online shopping tool that automatically finds the best promo codes and applies them to your cart. Get Honey for FREE at JoinHoney.com/MAJORITY. 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 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
  • 1 hours, 14 minutes
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