Wednesday 15 December '10 show notes

Wednesday 15 December '10 show notes

  • Anyone else starting to feel like they just don't care anymore?
  • Mike Elk, Labor Journalist and reporter for the American Prospect. Is it time to use the force of government to keep American companies in America?
  • Seton Motley, President of Less Government.org. The battle for freedom of information and speed of delivery on the internet continues...net neutrality and why the Comcast/NBC merger should die on the vine...


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You need to know this. Congress is feverishly working to finish up business before the end of the lame-duck session. The Senate is expected to pass President Obama’s tax cut deal in a vote today. And the House seems to be warming up as well – at least Blue Dog democrats are. Despite the package costing nearly $1 trillion – at least 27 members of the Blue Dog coalition sent a letter to Nancy Pelosi urging her to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. She needs 39 Democrats on board for the legislation to even have a chance at passing – there are 54 members of the Blue Dog coalition. So as more momentum builds in favor of the bill – the more it looks like progressives will lose this fight too. In other business – the House is expected to vote on a stand-alone “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” bill in hopes that it will have a better chance of passing the Senate than the current legislation which is attached to a defense spending measure. That too could be hopeless as Republican Senator Jim DeMint is threatening to force the reading of an entire 2,000-page omnibus spending bill – a procedural tactic that’s almost never employed - but could grind the entire chamber to a halt. In response – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned he would bring the Senate back into session after Christmas if Republicans continue to stall on addressing important legislation. Among the unresolved issues that could be tackled after Christmas: a START nuclear treaty – the DREAM Act – and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. So – as the book starts to close on the 111th Congress in chaos – let's acknowledge how much good stuff did get done - and how much more could have been done if it weren't for Republicans being the Party of No for the past two years.
 
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Tonight on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... Fighting back against corporate greed (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
 
Need to Know: Lame Duck roundup with Lee Fang, Reporter/Blogger-Think Progress.com.
 
Screwed! Fighting back against corporate greed with Mike Elk, Labor Journalist and reporter for the American Prospect
 
The rich want to stay rich...? with Don Watkins, Analyst with the Ayn Rand Institute.
 
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Is Julian Assange too toxic for the mainstream media? with Sarah Seltzer, Associate Editor at Alternet.
 
Does Fox News make you stupid? "Study Confirms That Fox News Makes You Stupid" with Clay Ramsay, Research Director with the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland.
 
Crazy Alert: Postal carrier delivers mail nude. Police report that the mailman was not delivering a “big package”.
 
Daily Take: Grassroots activism intervention: re-energizing the Democratic base and what you can do to get and stay involved in 2011.
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Quote: "Information is the currency of democracy." -- Thomas Jefferson.
 
Hour One: Anyone else starting to feel like they just don't care anymore?
Article: "In poll, many still skeptical of GOP" by Dan Balz and Jon Cohen.
Site: Professor Ishmael Reed.
 
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Hour Two: Is it time to use the force of government to keep American companies in America? Find out how one community is fighting back. Mike Elk, Labor Journalist and reporter for the American Prospect.
 
Article: "Senate approves extension of Bush tax cuts" by Mark Arsenault and Matt Vise.
Article: "For GOP, tax deal is win-win" by David Freddoso.
 
Talk Radio News Segment: Ellen Ratner, Bureau Chief.
Article: "Tax Cut Compromise Sails Through Senate" by Justin Duckham.
Article: "U.N. Lifts Sanctions on Iraq" by Joe Lauria.
Article: "Obama Says ‘Progress’ Made in Meeting With CEOs" by Kate Andersen Brower and Julianna Goldman.

Hour Three: The battle for freedom of information and speed of delivery on the internet continues...net neutrality and why the Comcast/NBC merger should die on the vine... I'll have a rumble with Seton Motley, President of Less Government.org...
 
Article: "Rep. Boehner: The Next Speaker" by 60 Minutes.
Article: "No Act of Rebellion Is Wasted" by Chris Hedges.
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Hour Two: "America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans" Thom confronts author/anti-immigration activist Frosty Wooldridge about his new book...
 
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The conservative view that “We The People” now explicitly means “We The Citizens, Corporations and Churches” with a few of the richest humans who run them thrown in is antithetical to how our Framers viewed corporations.
 
The Founders of this nation were so wary of corporate power that when the British parliament voted to give a massive tax break – through the Tea Act of 1773 – to the East India Company on thousands of tons of tea they had in stock so the Company could wipe out small, entrepreneurial colonial competitors, the colonists staged the Boston Tea Party.
 
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