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Here's What's the Matter With Kansas…

Sam Brownback's "living experiment" with trickle-down economics in Kansas is driving one CEO out of the state. If states want to grow their economies - they should do the exact opposite of what Sam Brownback did in Kansas.

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Full Show 6/23/16: Here’s What’s the Matter With Kansas…

Thom discusses the Democratic gun control sit-in with The Intercept’s Zaid Jilani, the Brexit vote with economist Eamonn Fingleton and the International Business Times’ Roland Jones, and all the lies and half-truths Trump told in his speech yesterday with former Congressman Bob Ney. In tonight’s Daily Take Thom discusses what happened to California’s economy after raising taxes and what happened to Kansas’ after lowering them.

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Rumble - Why the GOP Healthcare Plan Is a Disaster

Bryan Pruitt, RedState & Holly Shulman, Democratic Strategist & Charles Sauer, The Market Institute joins Thom. House Republicans today excitedly unveiled their long-awaited replacement plan for Obamacare. The plan of course begins with repealing Obamacare - and then aims to make Medicare more profitable for banksters in the health insurance business while raising the retirement age to 67 - cap Medicaid payments so really sick people are totally screwed - and provide a tax credit so if you're going to get any money from the government for healthcare you can only do it once a year and have to fill out all sorts of paperwork. But even worse - the plan isn't even a plan. It’s a white paper - not an actual bill - which means that the plan can avoid the specifics necessary in a bill - and it avoids having to put forward any real budget numbers whatsoever. And the truth is - this plan is complicated even without the details - and it's basically a way to make more profits for private insurers while giving the health insurance banksters the right, once again, to figure out a million little ways to screw their customers. So isn't it time to go to a simple and affordable plan - like single payer Medicare-for-All?

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The Venezuela Crisis Exposed

Dr. Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic and Policy Research (C.E.P.R.)/Just Foreign Policy/FAILED: What the "Experts" Got Wrong about the Global Economy joins Thom. Venezuela is in the midst of one of the worst economic crises in that nation's history. Who's to blame - the country's socialist president - Nicolas Maduro - or the elites who want him overthrown?

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Why The Dying of the Coral Reefs Brings Planetary Instability

The Great Barrier reef is one of the world's great natural wonders - and it's dying.

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What Living w/ Climate Change Feels Like

Josh Fox, How To Let Go Of The World & Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change/Gasland 1 & 2 joins Thom. For tonight's Green Report - we head to the American Southwest - which is now in the midst of a record-breaking heat wave. The effects of this heatwave have been brutal and widespread. As temperatures have soared into the triple digits - 4 hikers have died in the Arizona wilderness - and wildfires have engulfed parts of Southern California. Meanwhile - a flight headed to Phoenix from Houston actually had to turn around and fly home after searing 100 degree heat made it too dangerous to land. This is what living with climate change feels like - a constant barrage of terrifying news about severe weather and its effect on our society. What should we do in the face of this news? Curl into a ball and cry? Or face the challenge head on? The search for answers to these questions is the subject of a new documentary by Gasland Director Josh Fox. It's called - "How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change.” - and it premieres this Monday, June 27 on HBO.

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Rumble - Trump Rebukes GOP Politics

Bryan Pruitt, RedState & Holly Shulman, Democratic Strategist & Charles Sauer, The Market Institute joins Thom. Donald Trump gave a lengthy speech today attacking Hillary Clinton's record as Secretary of State - and blaming Hillary Clinton for destroying America's middle class. But why is Trump blaming Hillary Clinton for policies championed by the GOP?

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Rumble - Sotomayor Slams SCOTUS In Dissent

Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner & Ashley Spillane, Vote.org & Hughey Newsome, BOLD.global/Move-On-Up joins Thom. At stake in this case was the question of whether evidence obtained through illegal stops can be used in court. On Monday - 5 members of the the Supreme Court said that it could be used - as long it was found after the police learned that the defendant in question was already target of an arrest warrant Justice Sotoymayor disagreed - arguing that her colleagues fundamentally misunderstood the case they were deciding. She accused them of treating illegal stops like isolated incidents of bad behavior - as opposed to a systemic feature of the American criminal justice system - a criminal justice system that is biased against people of color.

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Rumble - Time To Repeal The Second Amendment

Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner & Ashley Spillane, Vote.org & Hughey Newsome, BOLD.global/Move-On-Up joins Thom. At this point shouldn't we all admit that the only way to solve our gun violence problem is to repeal the Second Amendment?

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Bernie Still Has Leverage - Deal With It!

Richard Eskow, The Zero Hour/Campaign for America's Future joins Thom. Hillary Clinton will in all likelihood be the Democratic nominee for president - but the Bernie Sanders revolution fights on. So where will it go next?

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Youth Are Suing the Feds Over Climate Change

Julia Olson, Our Children's Trust & Alex Loznak, Plaintiff both join Thom. For tonight's Green Report we go to Washington state where Governor Jay Inslee is appealing a Washington Superior Court decision that ordered his administration to issue a rule limiting greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the year. The appeal from the so-called "green" governor comes just six weeks after his office and his campaign praised the Court decisions - and two weeks after the June 1st roll out of his proposed Clean Air Rule - which is supported by the International Emissions Trading Association.

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How To Turn Our Oligarchy Back Into Democracy?

After two Republican and two Democratic gun control bills failed to pass the Senate yesterday - one thing is abundantly clear. If we want real gun control - we need to get money out of politics.

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Is the FBI Creating Terrorism? Progressive Roundtable

Sarah Badawi, Progressive Change Campaign Committee(PCCC) & Max Blumenthal, Alternet/The 51 Day War-Ruin and Resistance in Gaza both join Thom. new evidence shows that in 2013 when Mateen threatened a courthouse deputy by claiming that he could order Al Qaeda operatives to kill the deputy's family - the FBI responded by dispatching an informant to "lure Omar into some kind of act" The FBI informant couldn't convince Omar to take action in 2013 - and the attempted sting also didn't stop Mateen from killing 49 people l st weekend. Mateen is not an isolated case - according to Trevor Aaronson - author of "Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terror" - nearly half of terror cases between September 11 2001 and 2010 involved informants - including some with criminal backgrounds. Former FBI agent Coleen Rowley told Alternet that "In the case of Mateen, since he already worked for a security contractor, he was either too savvy to bite on the pitch or he may have even become indignant that he was targeted in that fashion. These pitches and use of people can backfire.” And that should raise alarms. While the mainstream media has been focusing on the notion that Mateen may have been mentally ill - that he shouldn't have been able to buy a gun if he was on the no-fly list - that he may have been a gay-hating gay - this revelation shows another possibility. The FBI could, inadvertently, play a role in fostering radicalization with these failed undercover stings.

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