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Why does the US have such a high rate of gun murders?

The shooter in the Aurora theater massacre, James Holmes, purchased more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition in the weeks leading up to the shooting, spending roughly $3,000 on his arsenal. He also purchased a bullet-proof vest and other tactical gear to mimic a SWAT team member, and high-capacity magazines that would have been illegal under the Assault Weapons Ban or any number of pieces of gun control legislation that have stalled out in C

Growing economic stress & inequality brings an increase in violence

Twelve people are dead and nearly 40 wounded after a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theatre in Colorado late Thursday night. Moviegoers were attending the premiere of the new Batman movie, when 24-year-old James Holmes walked in with tear gas, a rifle, a shotgun, and two hand guns, and opened fire. Holmes is in police custody.

Daily Topics - Thursday July 19th, 2012

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Hour One: Who's the richest country in the world? "We're #1"...NOT! Logan Clement, Freestar Media LLC

Hour Two: can't do it alone, can you? Mark Williams, MarkTalk / Plus, Geeky Science Rocks - Where do animals get their magnetic sense from?

The US is NOT the wealthiest nation on the planet

America likes to think of itself as the richest nation on the planet, and looking strictly at total combined wealth, it is. But that’s only because there are a heck of a lot of billionaires living here. But looking at median wealth, or how much Americans in the middle are making, the United States doesn’t even crack the top ten in the world.

Daily Topics - Wednesday July 18th, 2012

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Hour One: How to marry a millionaire...corporate "person" / Plus, here comes the "bride" - Mrs. Angela Vogel-Incorporated

Hour Two: Would term limits help...or hurt? Robin Fawsett, American Manifesto

The Wealthy hoard money, while holding the middle class hostage

The heirs of the Wal Mart fortune – the Walton family – have gotten a lot wealthier since the Bush recession began in 2007, while the rest of us have gotten a lot poorer. According to data from the Federal Reserve, median family wealth in America dropped by nearly 40% between 2007 and 2010. But, during that same, the wealth of the Walton family increased 22% to nearly $90 billion.

So now, the six Walton heirs have more wealt

American democracy - for sale to the highest anonymous bidder

Transparency!? We don’t need no stinkin’ transparency! On Monday, Republicans in the Senate joined together to filibuster and kill the latest attempt by Democrats to inject transparency in our elections.

Daily Topics - Tuesday July 17th, 2012

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Hour One: What is Romney hiding?

Hour Two: Romney's Bain departure date and why it matters - Matthew Vadum, Capital Research Center

Hour Three: What you need to know about the LIBOR scandal - Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)

Daily Topics - Monday July 16th, 2012

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Hour One: Why would anybody proudly call themselves a conservative?

Hour Two: Socialism vs. wealth inequality - Chris Markowski, Watchdog on Wall Street / Plus, Disclose it time to stop selling off America? Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

Hour Three: Meet the guy threatened w/jail for registering voters...

It's time for the banksters to lawyer up

The New York Times reported on Saturday that the Department of Justice is building several criminal cases against major Wall Street banks related to the ongoing LIBOR rate-rigging scandal. Charges are expected to be brought against at least one bank and its employees by the end of this year. It’s alleged that hundreds of billions – if not trillions – of dollars were manipulated in the global economy by a handful of banks colluding

What will be Wall Street’s punishment for fraudulently manipulating the LIBOR?

An analysis by Morgan Stanley finds that Wall Street stands to be hit with at least $22 billion in penalties over its involvement in rigging key interest rates that underlie trillions of dollars of investments around the world. But that’s a low number – as hundreds of thousands of litigants – from individuals, to cities, to businesses – might have cases against the banks as this investigation continues – and it’s learned just how much mo

Daily Topics - Thursday July 12th, 2012

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Hour One: Latest on the battle for democracy in Michigan - Rev. D. Alexander Bullock, Rainbow Push Detroit

Our crumbling infrastructure & long commutes

Our public transportation system is failing low-income workers. According to a new study by the Brookings Institute – only a quarter of Americans can get to their job within 90 minutes using public transportation. For a lot of Americans who can’t afford a car – or the gas to commute the average 13 miles it takes for the typical American to get to work – then public transportation is their only option. But that means long, exh

Daily Topics - Wednesday July 11th, 2012

Catch The Thom Hartmann Program LIVE at our new time, 3-6pm Eastern!

Hour One: House repealing Obamacare...creating wage slavery?

Hour Two: Put an end to all billionaires! Tanya Marchiol, Team Investments Inc.

Hour Three: Tax Breaks for 10 years...where are the jobs?

America’s entrepreneurial class is dying

While small businesses have certainly taken a hit following the Bush Great Recession, the evidence shows that American entrepreneurs have been getting pummeled for more than thirty years. According to a new study released today by the New American Foundation, the number of entrepreneurs per capita has dropped by 53% since 1977. And since 1991, the number of Americans who are self-employed has dropped by more than 20%. In othe

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The AT&T/Time Warner Merger - Time To Worry?

Give Donald Trump some credit: he might be a bigoted crypto-fascist who's taken the Republican Party to the right of Attila the Hun - but every once in a while he's 100 percent correct.

Case in point: his take on AT&T's proposed $85 billion merger with Time Warner.

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