Wednesday 25 May '11 show notes

Wednesday 25 May '11 show notes

   
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Democrats scored a huge political victory last night – taking New York’s 26th district – adding another Democratic seat to the House of Representatives. The seat was previously held by Republican Chris Lee until he was busted taking topless photos of himself to solicit women on craigslist. Despite the fact that only three Democrats have ever held the seat since 1857 – and Republicans led by Karl Rove and the Chamber of Commerce dumped millions into the race, outspending the Democrat by somewhere between 2:1 and 4:1 – Democrat Kathy Hochul STILL prevailed – taking 48% of the vote to Republican Jane Corwin’s 42% of the vote.
 
There was a third-party candidate – Jack Davis – but he only took 8% of the vote. The Democrats successfully turned this election into a referendum on the Republicans’ plans to end Medicare – and as we see today – the American people aren’t putting up with that right-wing radical agenda. As Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee – Steve Israel said - “Today, the Republican plan to end Medicare cost Republicans $3.4 million and a seat in Congress. And this is only the first seat.”
 
He’s right - if the Democrats can stay on message.
 
-Thom
 
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Tonight on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... Is Paul Ryan killing the Republican Party...with help from the Koch Brothers? (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
 
Need to Know: Is Paul Ryan killing the Republican Party...with help from the Koch Brothers? with Phil Kerpen, Vice President/Policy - Americans for Prosperity  Twitter
 
Screwed: Oil speculators being charged - doesn't this prove laissez faire capitalism doesn't work?
 
Meet the billionaires who are trying to kill public education with Zaid Jilani, Reporter / Blogger - Think Progress.org  Twitter
 
The Best of the Rest of the News...
 
"Lone Liberal" Midweek Rumble with:
- Daniel Halper, Weekly Standard  Twitter
- Jamie Weinstein, DailyCaller.com  Twitter
 
Daily Take: The "Takers" vs. the "Makers"
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Hour One: New MA bill says: "No sex for you!" ('Til your divorce is final, that is...really?!) with Robert LeClair, Selectman - Town of Wrentham, MA.
 
Article: "The Powell Memo or Manifesto".
Article: "Ryan blames NY-26 on Dem 'scare tactics'" by Jennifer Epstein.
Book: "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand.
 
Article: "CFTC charges traders over oil price" by Jack Farchy and Javier Blas in London and Gregory Meyer in New York.

Hour Two: 7 million jobs since the beginning of the Great Recession...when will conservatives realize we need more trade regulations to bring our jobs back to America? Thom confronts Clint Bolick, author of the new book "Death Grip: Loosening the Law's Stranglehold Over Economic Liberty"...  Twitter
Article: "Economic Freedom and the Constitution" by Clint Bolick.
Article: "The Federalist Papers" (Federalist 10).
 
Article: "Snowe: House Republican budget 'a race to the bottom'" by Joan McCarter for Daily Kos.
 
Plus, Everything You Know is Wrong - Reboot Your Life: Energize Your Career and Life by Taking a Break Nancy Bearg, Sabbatical Sisters.
Book: "Reboot Your Life: Energize Your Career and Life by Taking a Break" by Catherine Allen, Nancy Bearg, Rita Foley and Jaye Smith  Twitter
 
Article: "Refighting the Auto Industry Bailout Battle" by Michael D. Shear.
Book: "The Satanic Bible" by Anton Szandor Lavey.
 
Talk Radio News Segment: Ellen Ratner, Bureau Chief.  Twitter
Article: "Obama makes 'historic' speech to UK MPs" by Al Jazeera.
Article: "Obama, Cameron Repeat Calls For Gaddafi To Go" by Geoff Holtzman.
Article: "Ryan Responds To Medicare Reform Attacks" by Geoff Holtzman.

Hour Three: Should the U.S. mandate vacation time like the rest of the free world? Thom confronts Dan Gainor, Vice President and T. Boone Pickens Free Market Fellow at the Business and Media Institute  Twitter
Article: "Why is America the 'no-vacation nation'?" by A. Pawlowski, CNN.
 
The bad: Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL): "GOP Congressman Pays For Emergency Disaster Relief With Cuts To Clean Cars Program" by Brad Johnson.
 
Coming up Thursday on The Thom Hartmann Program 
 
Hour Two: "Where's the Birth Certificate" Dr. Jerome Corsi
 
Plus, Geeky Science Rocks - the latest buzz on cell phones...could they be harmful to bees?
 
And, the best of the rest of the news and your calls right here on...
 
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