Thursday 9 December '10 show notes

Thursday 9 December '10 show notes

  • Former U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan (D-MN). Will Obama's tax deal make him a one term President?
  • Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR, 4th district). Liberals Try to Prevent Pelosi From Bringing Tax Bill to the Floor.
  • Jackie Gingrich Cushman, author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Read" and daughter of Newt Gingrich. Why don't conservatives understand that Government provides the soil in which businesses took - infrastructure, education, courts, etc...?
  • Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA, 7th District). Liberals Try to Prevent Pelosi From Bringing Tax Bill to the Floor.
  • Naomi Wolf, author of "The End of America" and "Give Me Liberty". Julian Assange Captured by World's Dating Police?!
  • Bumper Music:


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Democratic Caucus votes democratically on tax cut deal
You need to know this. House Democrats are for the first time trying to implement majority rule within their own party. Congressmen Peter DeFazio – Jim McDermott – and Jay Inslee are circulating a letter in opposition to President Obama’s tax cut deal. They hope to convince 60 members of the House Democratic Caucus to sign on to it and force a vote within the caucus on whether or not the tax cut package should be brought to the House floor. As Congressman DeFazio says, “We want to have a record vote in the caucus on a resolution that says this resolution should not go to the floor without a majority of Democratic votes." Democrats have been in the majority in Congress for two years. Yet - the legislative proposals supported by the majority of the party - have repeatedly been torpedoed by the interests of a minority of Blue Dogs. Progressives are right to ensure that this vote – likely to be one of the last of a Democratically controlled Congress - reflects the majority will of the party. If they had used this strategy earlier – the 2010 midterms may have turned out differently.
 
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Today on the Big Picture...Will Obama's tax deal make him a one term President? On RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
 
Need to Know: Will Obama's tax deal make him a one term President? Thom is joined by Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR).
 
Screwed: How can we kick start American manufacturing again? Guest: Bruce Stokes, senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund and a contributing editor with National Journal
 
Amnesty International Calls On Congress To Pass Dream Act Tomorrow is Human Rights Day...and human rights progress has been going backwards. Guest: Larry Cox, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA.
 
Islamophobia/Entrapment CAIR: Feds Charged Muslim Man After He Refused To Cooperate. Guest: Corey Saylor, Spokesperson/National Legislative Director - C.A.I.R.
 
LEAKED EMAIL: Fox boss caught slanting news reporting With Melinda Warner, Senior Director of Research for Media Matters.
 
Impeachment Of Porteous Establishes Precedent For Impeaching Torture Advocate Jay Bybee Guest: Faiz Shakir, Vice President-American Progress; Editor-in-Chief of ThinkProgress.org and The Progress Report.
 
Crazy Alert: A new business venture? Drawing stick figure cats.
 
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.
 
Daily Take: Islamophobia...the new McCarthyism?.
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Hour One: Will Obama's tax deal make him a one term President? Saving Obama from himself with former U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan (D-MN).


Liberals Try to Prevent Pelosi From Bringing Tax Bill to the Floor. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR, 4th district) tells us the result.


Conservative alert: "Republicans Block U.S. Health Aid for 9/11 Workers" by Raymond Hernandez.

Hour Two: Why don't conservatives understand that Government provides the soil in which businesses took - infrastructure, education, courts, etc...? Thom challenges Jackie Gingrich Cushman, author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Read" and daughter of Newt Gingrich.
Article: "Communication breakdown" by Jackie Gingrich Cushman.


Liberals Try to Prevent Pelosi From Bringing Tax Bill to the Floor. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA, 7th District) tells us what happened behind closed doors.
Article: "For GOP, tax deal is win-win" by David Freddoso.



Talk Radio News Segment: Ellen Ratner, Bureau Chief.
Article: "House Sends DREAM Act To Senate" by Benny Martinez.
Article: "Biden: 'Here's the Deal'" by Patrick O'Connor.

Hour Three: Julian Assange Captured by World's Dating Police?! Naomi Wolf, author of "The End of America" and "Give Me Liberty", joins Thom.
Video: "WikiLeaks arrest politically motivated?" on Parker Spitzer. With Naomi Wolf, Clay Shirky, Jeffrey Toobin.


Study: Consensus decision making in animals, Larissa Conradt and Timothy J. Roper, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

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Corporations really are not persons
 
In 2003, after my book Unequal Protection was first published, I gave a talk at one of the larger law schools in Vermont. Around 200-300 people showed up, mostly students, with a few dozen faculty and some local lawyers. I started by asking, “Please raise your hand if you know that in 1886, in the Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Company case, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons and therefore entitled to rights under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.”
 
Almost everybody in the room raised their hand, and the few who didn’t probably were new enough to the law and hadn’t gotten to study that case yet.
 
Nobody questioned the basic premise of the statement.
 
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