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A portion of our Young Turks Main Show from April 07, 2017. For more go to http://www.tytmembership.com.

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John, Cenk, Alonzo, and Jimmy are hosting with Jayar on the side. The US has launched 59 tomahawk cruise missiles into the Syrian airbase where the chemical attack on Syrian civilians was supposedly based. About 6 Syrian military personnel were killed. A drone belonging either to Russia or Syria was seen hovering over the site of the chemical weapons attack Tuesday after it happened. The drone returned late in the day as citizens were going to a nearby hospital for treatment. Shortly afterward, officials say the hospital was bombed. The officials say they believe the hospital attack may have been an effort to cover up evidence of the attack. Cenk says that the US attacks and kills Syrian civilians all the time. The U.N., the media, etc. selectively decide what they are going to get outraged by. A number of people decided to get outraged at this particular time for some particular reason. There are plenty of other outrageous events to get outraged over. Russia has warned the U.S. over interfering with Syria again. John says that even with Trump having a senate that is very friendly to him and will always take his side, he still doesn’t trust their judgment. Cenk talks about how hypocritical Republicans are who were very critical of Obama interfering in Syria, who are now fine with Trump doing the same thing. Bombing the Syrian government is not part of the 2001 Use of Force Agreement. Alonzo says we’re doing this to show people how “strong” we are. Jimmy says that he’s skeptical about the reasons for the Syrian chemical attack, and that he doesn’t trust the government. Cenk’s theory is that the Russians and Trump worked on doing this together, because all Russia cares about are the sanctions. They don’t want to think the U.S. and the Russians are buddies, so Trump will bomb Syria and then the Russias can act mad. Jimmy agrees. The panel is glad that this was only a “fake” attack by the U.S., or at least one that wasn’t meant to do any real damage. Cenk announces the poll asking the audience why they think we’re bombing Syria. Each panel member picks which option they believe. Fareed Zakaria said that Trump deciding to bomb Syria is the moment he really became president. Brian Williams quoted a Leonard Cohen song to describe the tomahawk missiles launching as “beautiful”. Cenk thinks the facade of television that has been used for pro-war, pro-military propaganda for so many years will no longer fool people like it used to.

Neil Gorsuch is officially the new Supreme Court justice. The final tally wa 54-45 in favor of confirmation. One of Justice Gorsuch’s earliest votes will be in a case that could refashion the rules for how much state governments can keep their distance from religion. Among the cases the court has already agreed to take up next term are three about whether companies can use employment contracts to prohibit workers from banding together to take legal action over workplace issues. The court will also hear a case on whether corporations can be sued for complicity in human rights abuses abroad. Cenk says people shouldn’t believe that Gorsuch is really a constitutional originalist when he says he is. He may be an originalist when it comes to abortion, but not when it comes to corporations. Cenk says he may be the most corporatist Supreme Court justice we’ve ever had. He is of similar opinion when it comes to Gorsuch’s views on guns. John shows video of Republicans being hypocritical about Merrick Garland vs. Neil Gorsuch. Cenk says he will always call Gorsuch an illegitimate Supreme Court justice. The panel agrees that the Dems were weak when fighting to get Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court.

Cenk thanks members and reads out tweets. He talks about our recent victory in New Mexico to get money out of politics. Wolf PAC has over 35,000 volunteers. Common Cause is using their lobbyists to fight our efforts to try to get a constitutional convention to repeal Citizens United. Their plan is to nickel and dime the effort to get money out of politics. They’re lobbyists are crushing the efforts of Wolf PAC’s volunteers. Common Cause called Wolf Pac “Far Left” and Cenk a “Left-wing political commentator”. Cenk asks viewers to sign a petition saying they’ll never support organizations like Common Cause that fight against having a convention to get money out of politics. They’re idea is that status quo is better than having a convention. Cenk shows a video of Wolf-PAC volunteers who fought to get a vote to repeal money in politics in New Mexico.

Cenk thanks members and reads out tweets. Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner have been constantly fighting, according to Trump administration officials. Bannon recently called Kushner a “cuck” and a “globalist”. Bannon has also clashed with Gary Cohn, former president of Goldman Sachs and a close friends of Kushner. Bannon doesn’t like the power Kushner has been gaining in the administration. The GOP went forward with nuclear option to advance Neil Gorsuch to become the next Supreme Court justice. They wiped the filibuster the Democrats were going to do off the record. It normally takes a two-thirds vote, or 67 votes, to jettison Senate rules in the middle of a session. The fact that McConnell used the nuclear option to do it is a rare step that generates extreme ill-will in a historically deliberative body. Schumer noted that of all 147 cloture motions filed on judicial nominations in the history of the nation, 79 of them ― more than half ― were prompted by GOP blockades of Obama nominees in just the first six years of his presidency. From 2013 onward found that at least 34 of the 37 current Republican senators who were serving at the time denounced the ‘nuclear option’ as forbidden and a dangerous power grab.

Hour 2: Ana, Cen, Jimmy, and Amberia are hosting. Cenk reads tweets. The O’Reilly Factor ended 15 minutes early on Thursday. Ana supposes that it could be because of so many advertisers backing out. They cut to a “breaking news” story that was already announced, but they didn’t play the O’Reilly Factor re-run later in the night like they usually do. Ana says it’s ridiculous that they are speculating over whether O’Reilly’s career is over. He’s sexually assaulted so many women, and the network doesn’t seem to care. Cenk talks about how in the old days, boss’s got away with sexually assaulting their employees and threatening to fire them if they refuse their advances. Alabama governor not only had an affair, but he used public funds to continue on with that affair. Now, the state is calling to impeach him, but he’s fighting tooth and nail to remain in office. Ana says she doesn’t care that he’s having the affair. The problem is that he was using public funds to aid his affair. Cenk said the problem is that he’s been lying. Cenk doesn’t buy Bentley saying he “found Jesus” and has sought forgiveness. Twitter is suing the Trump administration, who is trying to reveal the identity of a Twitter account of someone who is supposedly in the government relating to immigration policy. The panel hopes Trump’s supporters will be against Trump in this because if there’s what the the alt-right loves, it’s freedom of speech. Ana says what Trump is doing is similar to what Putin does in Russia, like having the Russian government ban a picture of Putin in makeup/drag. Facebook has developed a system to prevent revenge porn from being posted. The system will prevent porn from being reposted by assessing videos like YouTube does with Content ID. The panel is concerned about how this database will be handled.

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A portion of our Young Turks Main Show from April 06, 2017. For more go to http://www.tytmembership.com.

Hour 1: Cenk is hosting. Trump promises to build an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall. Homeland Security Secretary says many parts of the wall will actually be a high-tech, monitored fence. It will be some sort of “physical barrier”. Nunes will no longer be involved in the Russian probe investigation. Nunes says the claims against him are baseless, but will be stepping down from the investigation anyway. Conaway claims that Democrats inviting a Mexican band to perform after a Las Vegas presidential debate is just as bad as the GOP colluding with the Russians to influence the election. CNN reporter claims that progressives want to apply a “litmus test” for Dems to make sure they support single-payer healthcare. He claims that Democrats who live in states and districts that were carried in 2016 by Trump are certain to be sensitive to the political risks of supporting what Republicans call socialized medicine. He makes this assumption despite plenty of evidence that almost two thirds of Americans are for single-payer healthcare. Cenk urges people to sign the Justice Democrats petition to fight for medicare for all.

Cenk thanks members and reads out tweets. He talks about our recent victory in New Mexico to get money out of politics. Wolf PAC has over 35,000 volunteers. Common Cause is using their lobbyists to fight our efforts to try to get a constitutional convention to repeal Citizens United. Their plan is to nickel and dime the effort to get money out of politics. They’re lobbyists are crushing the efforts of Wolf PAC’s volunteers. Common Cause called Wolf Pac “Far Left” and Cenk a “Left-wing political commentator”. Cenk asks viewers to sign a petition saying they’ll never support organizations like Common Cause that fight against having a convention to get money out of politics. They’re idea is that status quo is better than having a convention. Cenk shows a video of Wolf-PAC volunteers who fought to get a vote to repeal money in politics in New Mexico.

Cenk thanks members and reads out tweets. Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner have been constantly fighting, according to Trump administration officials. Bannon recently called Kushner a “cuck” and a “globalist”. Bannon has also clashed with Gary Cohn, former president of Goldman Sachs and a close friends of Kushner. Bannon doesn’t like the power Kushner has been gaining in the administration. The GOP went forward with nuclear option to advance Neil Gorsuch to become the next Supreme Court justice. They wiped the filibuster the Democrats were going to do off the record. It normally takes a two-thirds vote, or 67 votes, to jettison Senate rules in the middle of a session. The fact that McConnell used the nuclear option to do it is a rare step that generates extreme ill-will in a historically deliberative body. Schumer noted that of all 147 cloture motions filed on judicial nominations in the history of the nation, 79 of them ― more than half ― were prompted by GOP blockades of Obama nominees in just the first six years of his presidency. From 2013 onward found that at least 34 of the 37 current Republican senators who were serving at the time denounced the ‘nuclear option’ as forbidden and a dangerous power grab.

Hour 2: Ana and Cenk are hosting. Cenk reads tweets. A woman in a restaurant get mad at couple for kissing in a restaurant. Ana commends the couple for keeping their cool during the whole situation. It turns out the woman began having mental issues starting in her early 20’s. She is also employed as a camgirl. Cenk and Ana hope the woman is able to get the mental health help she needs. The husband of a woman who voted for Trump has officially been deported. They told him to get his stuff, get in the back of a van, and drove him away. He didn’t even have a chance to speak to his lawyer. Cenk and Ana don’t feel bad for this woman because she chose to vote for Trump. Evangelical Christians are now reconsidering their support for Trump.

Cenk reads tweets. Rahm Emanuel doesn’t believe students should be able to graduate from high school unless you get a letter of acceptance from a college, community college, trade school, or the military. Ana says she doesn’t think politicians understand how difficult it is to even apply for colleges for a lot of people. Cenk thinks it might be a better idea to have kids assigned to a college counselor who help students figure out their plans for the future. Forcing people to apply and getting accepted into college is wrong. Ana and Cenk give Emanuel credit for Chicago’s community college program. Russia has banned a picture of Vladmir Putin in drag. Ana talks about the problem of having male politicians like Trump need their ego stroked constantly.

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