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A portion of our Young Turks Main Show from February 2, 2018. For more go to http://www.tytnetwork.com/join.

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John, Mark Thompson, & Francesca. Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) says he doesn't think the GOP memo critical of the FBI's investigation of the Trump campaign should be released. Republicans on Capitol Hill, backed by an angry President Donald Trump, defied pleas from the FBI and Democrats on Friday and released a previously classified memo alleging misconduct by senior U.S. officials investigating Trump's presidential campaign.

Hour 2: Brett Erlich, Francesca, & Simone. The father who tried to attack former Olympics gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar in a Michigan courtroom this morning apologized for his actions but made it clear that he wishes the worst for Nassar. Firing back at criticism from Jay-Z, President Donald Trump went too far when he claimed the black unemployment rate is the lowest in recorded history “because of my policies.”
While it’s true that the black unemployment rate recently reached its lowest level in decades, the rate has been in steady decline for about the last seven years. The Terrifying Rise of Alt-Right Fight Clubs. White nationalists are learning mixed martial arts to prepare for race war.

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A portion of our Young Turks Main Show from February 1, 2018. For more go to http://www.tytnetwork.com/join
 
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Cenk. Trump lied about his State of the Union audience having the highest viewership in history. While President Donald Trump spoke at the annual GOP congressional retreat in West Virginia, he claimed Senator Orrin Hatch once said he is “the greatest president in the history of our country.” Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich lashed out Wednesday night at what he called the “elite media,” decrying its members for being part of the “deep state” intent on destroying President Donald Trump's administration.  
 
Hour 2: Cenk & John. Kathleen Hartnett White, who is President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), has been exposed as a conspiracy theorist who believes that nothing bad will happen if human beings flood the atmosphere with carbon dioxide. At 9 a.m. EST Friday, the extractive industry will gain drilling and mining access to previously protected American land, according to an order issued by President Donald Trump late last year. More than 11 billion pieces of plastic larger than five centimetres wide are littering coral reefs across the Asia-Pacific region, according to a recent study. That is enough plastic to make it from Earth to the moon and nearly halfway back. Researchers who published the study last week in Science Magazine believe that the number of plastic in the corals will grow by 40 percent in the next seven years. Meanwhile, the researchers found that the chance of corals getting a disease increased from four percent to 89 percent when they were draped in plastic.
Plastic pollution is just one factor that is putting the world’s coral reefs at risk. Coral reefs maybe have been around for as much as 500 million years, but scientists are warning that they might be gone or decimated by the end of the century.
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A portion of our Young Turks Main Show from January 31, 2018. For more go to http://www.tytnetwork.com/join.

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Cenk & John. Rep. Trey Gowdy retiring. Trump's chief of staff said on Wednesday the White House would soon allow for the release of a highly controversial Republican memo alleging the FBI abused its surveillance tools. "We have certainly coordinated with members of Congress as is appropriate. As to specifics on this, I just don't know the answer," press secretary Sarah Sanders said on CNN's "New Day." "I'm not aware of any conversations or coordination with Congressman Nunes," Sanders said. During the House Intelligence Committee's business meeting on Monday to vote on releasing the Nunes memo, Illinois Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley pressed Nunes about whether he or his staff had coordinated with the White House on the memo, Quigley told CNN on Wednesday. Quigley said Nunes became "quite agitated" when pressed whether any of his staffers were involved in producing the memo, and refused to answer the question.

Hour 2: Cenk & Ana. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) deported Amer Othman Adi, a Palestinian man who lived in Ohio, on Monday. Donald Trump's top public health official resigned Wednesday amid mounting questions about financial conflicts of interest. Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald's resignation comes one day after POLITICO reported that one month into her tenure as CDC director, she bought shares in a tobacco company. Fitzgerald had long championed efforts to cut tobacco use, which is the leading cause of preventable death.

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A portion of our Young Turks Main Show from January 30, 2018. For more go to http://www.tytnetwork.com/join.

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Cenk. Despite widespread coverage of corporations gifting their employees with cash, just 2% of Americans say they've seen any kind of benefit thanks to the Republican tax law signed by President Trump in December. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), the chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee who defied his party to vote against President Trump's tax cuts, announced Monday that he will not seek reelection. The Netherlands' spy service broke into the computers used by a powerful Russian hacking group and may be sitting on evidence relating to the breach of the U.S. Democratic National Committee. The US has released a sweeping list of prominent Russian business and political figures, in defiance of Moscow and implementing a Congressional law designed to punish Russia for election meddling. The US Treasury report, published shortly before a midnight deadline, listed every senior member of the political administration at the Kremlin, and every Russian oligarch with a net worth of $1 billion or more. Some of those named are already subject to US sanctions. But the administration stopped short of imposing any new punishments, saying the legislation was already doing its job. The report was "not a sanctions list," it said. Instead, the Treasury report resembled an exercise in naming and shaming -- putting individuals on notice that they may be subject to sanctions in the future. Cenk’s prediction/theory: Trump laundering money to Russian oligarchs for decades.

Hour 2: Face recognition technology to put celeb faces on porn. Between 2006 and 2016, a total of 20.8 million prescription painkillers were sent to two pharmacies in Williamson, in Mingo County, West Virginia, a town with a population of only 2,900 people. A U.S. government panel is now questioning how drug wholesalers could have sent millions of prescription pills to two pharmacies in West Virginia without flagging any suspicion, The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. The panel is centered around two drug wholesalers who provided drugs to the pharmacies, Ohio-based Miami-Luken and Illinois-based H.D. Smith. Shipment papers indicate the wholesalers made large deliveries of the drugs over several consecutive days. The papers also show extreme increases in the number of drug orders from year to year. Both of these records should have sparked suspicion. The main drugs identified in the investigation are hydrocodone and oxycodone, two prescription painkillers. A New York Times investigation into a company that sells Twitter followers and retweets - many from automated accounts - names a variety of celebrities, including Cleveland-based celebrity chef Michael Symon. According to the Times, the company, Devumi, has a library of 3.5 million bot accounts that can be sold repeatedly. The Times says Devumi "has provided customers with more than 200 million Twitter followers." Millions of Americans believe God made Trump president.

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A portion of our Young Turks Main Show from January 29, 2018. For more go to http://www.tytnetwork.com/join.

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Cenk. Acting director of FBI, Andrew McCabe is out. GOP on Twitter requesting secret memo written by Rod Rosenstein. Trump again says he’s “a stable genius” on Davos’ show. Says there is a cooling and a heating and says the ice caps are at a record level. NASA says polar ice caps are breaking records for melting.

Hour 2: On Friday, ProPublica published a piece linking Woodward to Atomwaffen Division, a relatively new Charles Manson-obsessed neo-Nazi outfit that defines itself as a “revolutionary national socialist organization centered around political activism and the practice of an autonomous fascist lifestyle.” Quoting three sources with knowledge of Woodward’s recent past, the investigative news site reported Woodward joined the hate group in 2016 and attended a three-day training camp with other members in Texas. Pictures from the event captured Atomwaffen Division members in skull masks, making Nazi salutes. The website reported that the training included lessons in firearms and hand-to-hand combat, preparation for the group’s “ultimate aim of overthrowing the U.S. government through the use of terrorism and guerrilla warfare.” Breitbart’s Alex Marlow talks about threats that CNN has to faced. Calls CNN “fake news.” JayZ on Trump treating black people like shit and current racial tensions in the country. Trump takes to Twitter to respond to JayZ.

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A portion of our Young Turks Main Show from January 26th, 2018. For more go to http://www.tytnetwork.com/join.

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Cenk, Ana, Ben, & Michael Brooks. Donald Trump last June ordered Special Counsel Robert Mueller fired but backed down after the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than follow his directive.

Hour 2: The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has officially gained agency-wide access to a nationwide license plate recognition database, according to a contract finalized earlier this month. The system gives the agency access to billions of license plate records and new powers of real-time location tracking, raising significant concerns from civil libertarians.

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A portion of our Young Turks Main Show from January 25rd, 2018. For more go to http://www.tytnetwork.com/join.

Cenk. Those hoping for another chance to “Feel the Bern” in 2020 could have good reason to be optimistic about Bernie Sanders’s odds of running for the presidency.
While speculation has been rampant — and the Vermont senator has never ruled out the possibility of another go at the country’s top office when asked — there’s yet been no official word on what a campaign would actually look like. Until Saturday, that is, when a meeting between Sanders and his top political advisers explicitly discussed the possibility. Donald Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he would talk to special counsel Robert Mueller under oath and looks forward to the opportunity, but that he will listen to the advice of his lawyers.

The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency. Alex Jones says Trump calls him all the time. Claims there will be a coup and arresting FBI agents. Ron Johnson on FBI secret society texts.

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A portion of our Young Turks Main Show from January 24rd, 2018. For more go to http://www.tytnetwork.com/join.

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Cenk. Rush Limbaugh’s backhanded apology for supporting the Iraq War. Also, raps a conspiracy theory with it. Video of Burger King’s net neutrality ad. Evangelical leader, Tony Perkins, shares his thoughts on the radio about Trump’s sexual relations with a pornstar after Melania giving birth. Says it’s okay now because he is not like that anymore. Under fire for using taxpayer money to settle a sexual misconduct complaint from a former aide, Representative Patrick Meehan, Republican of Pennsylvania, said Tuesday that the woman “specifically invited” his intimate communications, and that he was emotionally wounded when she filed a complaint against him. Mr. Meehan denied crossing the line into impropriety, but said in an interview that when the woman told him last year that she had started a relationship with someone outside the office, he “didn’t respond to it as well as I would like to have.” He said he believed his attempt to make amends — a handwritten letter in which he called her “a complete partner to me” — was meant to be a sign of respect. “That I would find later that that was not something that she was comfortable with, really hurts me,” Mr. Meehan said. “This was a person who specifically invited communication with me so that she would be able to have the ability to be there for me.” The New York Times reported that Mr. Meehan, 62, a married father of three, had entered into a confidential agreement to settle the complaint brought by the aide, who is decades his junior. She left the office after filing a complaint alleging that Mr. Meehan became hostile after she rebuffed his romantic overtures, sources familiar with the situation told The Times.

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The future looks less sunny for the renewable energy industry after the Trump administration announced this week that it plans to tax solar panels manufactured abroad. The announcement, which came from the office of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer late Monday, took aim at Chinese solar panel producers, whom the administration says have been selling their goods in the United States for less than their fair market value. As a result of a report by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), the U.S. will now impose duties of up to 30 percent on solar equipment manufactured abroad. Such a move could damage the $28 billion solar energy industry. Eighty percent of the parts used in the U.S. solar industry are imported, and the Solar Energy Industries Association had previously projected job losses in the tens of thousands amid months of uncertainty about tax hikes. But solar panel manufacturers aren’t the only ones at the receiving end of Trump’s new tariffs. Washing machines made by South Korean manufacturers Samsung and LG were deemed “a substantial cause of serious injury” to U.S. manufacturers in the ITC report. In the first year, those products will face a 20 percent tariff on the initial 1.2 million washers imported and a 50 percent tariff on all machines after that. Those tariffs will eventually decrease to 16 and 40 percent, respectively, in three years. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the state’s congressional map is the result of gerrymandering, to the point that it violates the state constitution. The court ordered that the state must draw a new congressional map ahead of the 2018 midterms, according to multiple reports. The decision is a major victory for Democrats, who argued the map had been gerrymandered to benefit Republicans. Republicans redrew the state’s map in 2011. The state’s general assembly must submit a new map to the governor for consideration by Feb. 9, according to the court order.

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TYT’s Ana Kasparian hosts Bernie Sanders’ Medicare For All National Town Hall.

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A portion of our Young Turks Main Show from January 23rd, 2018. For more go to http://www.tytnetwork.com/join.

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Cenk. At least two students were killed and 17 other people were injured in a school shooting on Tuesday at Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky. Authorities arrested a Michigan man last week after he allegedly called CNN several times, threatening to kill employees at the network's Atlanta, Georgia, headquarters, according to a federal affidavit. Brandon Griesemer made 22 calls to CNN on January 9 and January 10 and four calls, which were recorded, contained threats, according to the affidavit, which was unsealed Friday. Griesemer, whose age was not given, also made disparaging statements about Jewish people, African-Americans and the network in several calls, the affidavit said.

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FBI Agent Peter Strzok was dismissed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s team after messages he sent that demonstrated a bias against President Donald Trump. Oddly enough, that same agent almost didn’t even join Mueller’s office because he didn’t think here was any evidence of the Trump campaign colluding with Russia. Attorney General Jeff Sessions — at the public urging of President Donald Trump — has been pressuring FBI Director Christopher Wray to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, but Wray threatened to resign if McCabe was removed. Chuck Schumer is taking his big spending boost for Donald Trump’s border wall off the table. The Senate minority leader, through an aide, informed the White House that he was retracting the offer he made last week to give Trump well north of the $1.6 billion in wall funding Trump had asked for this year, according to two Democrats. And now they say Trump will simply not get a better deal than that on his signature campaign promise.

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