Tuesday 21 February '12 show notes

Tuesday 21 February '12 show notes

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Why are women in Virginia getting screwed by Republicans?
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More than a 1,000 people – most of whom were women – took to the streets outside the Virginia state capital on Monday – locked arm in arm and silently protested against anti-abortion legislation working it’s way through the state legislature. The bill that the women are protesting against would define a fertilized egg as a person, thus criminalizing most birth control and IVF for infertile couples – slash state aid to poor women – and require all women to have a state agent insert a probe into them before they can get a legal abortion.
That’s right the same Republicans that rail against big government also favor government having the power to probe women. Despite the protests – the law is expected to pass the legislature this week and be signed into law by Republican Governor Bob McDonnell.
Let’s hope this blatant Republican war on women comes with consequences at the polls in November.
(How would you react if the state tried to screw you? Tell us here.)

Take Back the American Dream
Please join us tonight February 21st as we present a very special edition of The Big Picture - "Teach-In to Take Back the American Dream" a collaboration by the Campaign for America's Future and Free Speech TV. Guests include: Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich, Robert Borosage w/Campaign for America's Future, "Patriotic Millionaire" Leo Hindery of Intermedia Partners, Heather McGhee of Demos, and Natalie Foster from Rebuild the Dream. Check your local listings...9pm ET and 11pm ET on FSTV and RT.
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Tonight on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... "TEACH IN TO TAKE BACK THE AMERICAN DREAM" (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
Experts will expose who caused the financial mess and how to fix it. #teachin
- Robert Reich, former U.S. Labor Secretary & Professor-U.C. Berkeley Twitter
- Heather McGhee, Director-Demos Washington Office Twitter
- Leo Hindery, businessman and “Patriotic Millionaire” Twitter
- Natalie Foster, Co-Founder, Rebuild the Dream Twitter
- Robert Borosage, Co-Director, Campaign for America’s Future Twitter Twitter
“At the National Teach-In to Take Back the American Dream, you'll hear the real story about the economic crisis,” said Roger Hickey, Campaign for America’s Future’s co-director, “We will also discuss what our government can and should be doing to create jobs, and will demand action to fix the economy.”
"Free Speech TV is delighted to be a partner in this progressive collaboration," said Don Rojas, executive director and CEO of FSTV. "We will broadcast this critical discussion of our national economy to millions of households across the country via satellite, cable, the Web and social media platforms. We look forward to playing an active role in more collaborations of this nature as we move deeper into the 2012 elections cycle."
The Campaign for America's Future (CAF) is a center for ideas and action that works to build an enduring majority for progressive change. The Campaign advances a progressive economic agenda and a vision of the future that works for the many, not simply the few. The Campaign is leading the fight for America's priorities – for good jobs and a sustainable economy, and for strengthening the safety net.
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Hour One: Restore the Middle Class...Commonwealth dividends for all?
- Peter Barnes, co-founder "On the Commons" / Author Twitter
Book: "Agrarian Justice" by Thomas Paine.
Article: "Greek bailout wards off disaster _ for now" by Gabriele Steinhauser and David McHugh.
Article: "" (1867).
Article: "Article 6 of the Constitution" - "... no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States".
Article: "Monitoring of Muslim students sparks outrage" by John Christoffersen.
Flash Rally at SCOTUS Thursday 2/23 12 noon
- Eric Byler, Coffee Party USA Twitter Twitter
Case: "Buckley v. Valeo", 1976.

Hour Two: Is the Tea Party still relevant?
- Mark Williams, Former Chair-Tea Party Express Twitter
Report from Occupy Seattle
- Mark Taylor-Canfield, Occupy Seattle Twitter Twitter
Article: "Florida Servers Could Soon Earn 1985 Minimum Wage" by Christina Hernandez.
Article: "ALEC Exposed, for 24 hours" by Nick Surgey.
Talk Radio News Segment:
- Victoria Jones, White House Correspondent Twitter
Article: "At prayer breakfast, Obama says Christian faith guides his policies" by David Nakamura and Michelle Boorstein.
Article: "High Court To Hear Affirmative Action Case" by Justin Duckham.

Hour Three: Why have Republicans declared war on women?
- Carrie Lukas, Independent Women's Forum Twitter Twitter
Article: "Va. bill could require 'transvaginal ultrasound' before abortions" by Max Smith and Paul D. Shinkman.
Article: "Va. personhood bill sparks outrage" by Leigh Ann Caldwell.
The very, very ugly: Franklin Graham: "Graham: Santorum, Gingrich Christians; you have to ask Obama if he is" by MSNBC.
Book: " What Would Jefferson Do?" by Thom Hartmann.
Coming up Wednesday on The Thom Hartmann Program
Hour Two: Oil & gas revenue to fund the new highway bill?
- Erich Zimmermann, Taxpayers for Common Sense Twitter Twitter
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