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Austerity-ravaged Europe is a breeding ground for new, experimental economies

In Spain, where a recession is expected to get even worse after the government passed $80 billion worth of austerity measures, new economies are springing up all around the country that aren’t dependent on the crippled euro. The economies are based on barter and exchange.

For example, “time banks” are popping up around Spain – that allow workers to trade in their services in hours – and receive services in return.

How much does it cost to buy a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives?

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson thinks a half-million dollars should do it. Adelson – who’s already spent more money than any other oligarch this election so far – is promising to drop $500,000 in a New Jersey congressional district to elect Republican candidate Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. And if Rabbi Boteach needs more money – Adelson is more than capable with a net worth of about $25 billion.

As the Center for American Progress

Daily Topics - Monday August 27th, 2012

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Hour One: Will job apps next ask about your party affiliation? / Plus, the REAL party platform - John Nichols, The Nation Magazine live from the RNC in Tampa, FL / Also, isn't it time to roll back the Bush tax cuts...maybe Reagan too? Tony Sayegh, Republican Strategist

Republican Attorneys General want parts of the Voting Rights Act repealed

Republicans are desperately trying to rig the election in November by kicking millions of Democratic voters off the rolls with Voter Suppression ID Laws. And now, they’re not even hiding their racist intentions to block minority voters. Attorneys General in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Texas – all Republicans – have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court calling for certain provisions of

Daily Topics - Friday August 24th, 2012

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Anything Goes on Townhall Friday

Once again, another mass shooting is tragically the top story

This morning, a man opened fire around the Empire State Building in New York City. Early reports indicate that at least four people were shot, ten injured – and two dead - including the shooter. Witnesses describe a horrible, chaotic scene on the streets – and it’s believed the shooter was a disgruntled employee who had recently been fired.

Vulture capitalists are trying to take over life's most precious resource...

Water. According to a new report by Food & Water Watch, a growing number of pirate equity firms are moving into struggling cities and buying out their public infrastructure – namely – the city’s water infrastructure. Anyone who is familiar with Mitt Romney – is familiar with pirate equity firms like Bain Capital – which take over a company – strip it to the bones – and sell it off for a profit.

Daily Topics - Thursday August 23rd, 2012

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Hour Two: Geeky Science Rocks - can antibiotics make you fat?

Hour Three: "Brunch With Bernie" - Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes your calls

The Republican Party's radical 2012 platform

The Republicans National Convention is less than a week away, but the Party has been hard at work drafting its official 2012 platform – and no surprise here, it’s the most radically right-wing platform in modern history. Today, news broke that the Ron Paul campaign has struck a deal with Mitt Romney and the Republican Party, promising to not disrupt the convention next week and in return – many of Ron Paul’s delegates will be seated an

Daily Topics - Wednesday August 22nd, 2012

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Hour One: Thom shares his adventures with America's health care system

Hour Two: FDR calls out Romney & Ryan

Daily Topics - Tuesday August 21st, 2012

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"In for Thom today, please welcome Dr. Mike Newcomb, host of the Mike Newcomb Show on 1480 KPHX in Phoenix, AZ

Middle class Americans give larger share of income to charity than do the rich

Not only can’t we rely on them to create jobs – but we can’t rely on them to give charity either. A new study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy examined tax deduction data from the IRS and discovered that middle class Americans give a larger share of their income to charity than do the rich. A household earning between $50,000 and $75,000 averaged contributing 7.6% of their income to charity. But as the income scale goes up –

Julian Assange & The US War on Whistleblowers

On Sunday, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange addressed his supporters from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he’s been holed up for two months trying to avoid extradition to Sweden and perhaps the United States. He thanked Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa for granting him political asylum – and then pivoted toward the United States – urging President Obama to, “do the right thing.”

Assange said the United St

Daily Topics - Monday August 20th, 2012

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Daily Topics - Friday August 17th, 2012

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In for Thom today, please welcome Dr. Mike Newcomb, host of the Mike Newcomb Show on 1480AM KPHX in Phoenix, AZ

Hour Two: 7 Reasons Why Romney-Ryan's Desperate Attempts to Spin Medicare Won't Work - Joshua Holland, Alternet

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Who rejected United States-North Korea peace talks?

There were conflicting reports on Sunday regarding a recent proposal for United States-North Korea peace talks which was allegedly made before North Korea"s recent nuclear test

U.K. Pound Falls As Markets Get Brexit Jitters

Bloomberg said on Monday the pound had sustained its biggest fall against the dollar in 11 months

Clinton: I'll defend Israel but push for 'two-state solution

Hillary Clinton believes both Republican candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz "missed the mark" with their approach to the Israel-Palestinian Arab conflict

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How Can the GOP Run American Government If They Hate It?

The coal country state of West Virginia is in the middle of a special legislative session to deal with a $270 million budget shortfall, and it's setting the stage for Republicans to completely gut the state's government.

It's the same playbook we've seen the right-wing carry out in Wisconsin, in Kansas, in Michigan, and in Ohio.

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