Tuesday 24 January '12 show notes

Tuesday 24 January '12 show notes

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The President is set to deliver his State of the Union address tonight - What will he talk about?
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Early reports indicate the President will focus on the issues that are absent from most Republicans debates, which are help for the middle class, ways to reduce wealth inequality, and a plan for renewable energy. Despite 22 straight months of private sector job creations, glimmers of hope in an economic recovery, and one fewer war abroad since the President took office three years ago – the state of our union is still weak.
There’s massive inequality – rivaling that of third world nations. There are still 5 million homeowners on the verge of foreclosure. There are 49 million Americans living in poverty, including 1-out-of-5 children. There’s instability in the Middle East as a result of our addiction to foreign oil. The list goes on.
We need revolutionary change in America as the millions who’ve taken to the streets since the 99% Movement began have demanded. Unfortunately – until we get money out of politics, end corporate personhood, and say that money is property, not speech – real change will be hard to come by. And sadly – it’s unlikely the President will call for a Constitutional Amendment tonight to end the great sell-off of our democracy. But we can still keep the pressure on him – go to MoveToAmend.org.
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Tonight on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... The real State of the Union... (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
Need to Know: The real State of the Union...
State of the Union panel:
- Brian Darling, Human Events Twitter Twitter
- Richard Fowler, Young Democrats of America Twitter Twitter
The Best of the Rest of the News...
Mitt's tax returns...you can run, but you can't hide
- Amanda Beadle, Think Progress.org Twitter Twitter
GPS decision...is it really a privacy victory?
- Ginger McCall, EPIC's Open Government Program Twitter Twitter
Daily Take: Indiana...the "right to work for less" state
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Quote: "The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world" -- James Madison.
Hour One: Previewing the President's State of the Union speech
- Brian Deese, National Economic Council / special assistant to the president Twitter
Article: "'Right-to-work' raises a ruckus in Indiana" by Melissa Maynard.
Article: "Six Facts About Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns" by Alex Seitz-Wald.
Article: "Romney: I wouldn't pay taxes under Newt plan" by Alexander Burns.
Article: "Right to Work for Less " by AFL-CIO.
Case: "Buckley v. Valeo", 1976.
Case: "Marbury v. Madison", 1803.

Hour Two: Romney taxes
- Rodell Mollineau, American Bridge 21st Century (American Bridge PAC) Twitter Twitter
Article: "Real Estate Tax" by Snopes.
Site: "Move to Amend".
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Hour Three: Some Americans preparing for ‘civilization’s collapse’
- James Wesley Rawles, Survivalblog.com / Author.
The very, very ugly: "Pol's cat killed; "Liberal" scrawled on body" by Michelle Castillo.
Talk Radio News Segment: Ellen Ratner, Bureau Chief Twitter
Article: "State Of The Union: The First Lady’s Box" by Makeda Phillips.
Article: "Romney Comes Forward With Tax Returns" by Justin Duckham.
Article: "RNC hitting Obama in N.C. ad" by Mark Binker.
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