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Cory Booker's Vote Shows Why To Get Money Out Of Politics

Big Picture Panel: Kai Newkirk, Democracy Spring/99Rise & Alex Pfeiffer, The Daily Caller. Over the course of a seven hour period that began Wednesday night and lasted until early Thursday morning - Democrats forced a series of amendment-level votes on healthcare policies that are overwhelmingly popular with the American people. The idea behind the so-called "vote-a-rama" was to expose the Republican party's far-right healthcare agenda, and it worked: Senate Republicans are now on record opposing, among other things, Obamacare's protections for people with preexisting conditions, Medicaid expansion, and an amendment banning cuts to Medicare. Unfortunately, the vote-a-rama also exposed the right-wing agenda of some Democrats. A measure that would have allowed Americans to buy cheaper pharmaceuticals from Canada failed because 13 Democrats crossed the aisle and voted against it. One such Democrat was New Jersey Senator Cory Booker - who has received more donations from the pharmaceutical industry in recent years than any other Democrat in the Senate ($267,338). Booker's vote was demonstrably not in the best interest of the American people. Doesn't that show why it's more important than ever that we get money out of politics?

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How A Maximum Wage Works...

Big Picture Interview: 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. Jeremy Corbyn - the head of the UK Labour Party - has just proposed instituting a national maximum wage in his country. That’s right - a MAXIMUM wage. It sounds crazy - but is that idea really as radical as it sounds? Plus….

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Must See - Will We See The End Of Seafood In Our Lifetime?

Big Picture Fact Of The Day...

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Trump's Recipe for Kleptocracy

In tonight's Lone Liberal Rumble, Thom talks to Charles Sauer of the Market Institute and Dave McCulloch of Capitol Media Partners about how Trump is creating a kleptocracy, how Trump is right about what we need to do to deal with big Pharma, and Bernie's expose of the Republicans Party's big lie. Later on in the show, Thom talks about how we can create a rational trade system.

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Is Trump Right As Rain on NAFTA & Offshoring?

Big Picture Interview: Alan Tonelson, RealityChek/The Race to the Bottom. With the Trump administration just 9 days away - are we on the verge of a new era in American trade policy? Or will Reagan's fever dream of "free trade" continue to wreak havoc on our economy?

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Is America At Risk Of Turning Into A kleptocracy?

Big Picture Panel: Charles Sauer, The Market Institute & Dave McCulloch, Capitol Media Partners. Things got even weirder when Trump started talking about how - as president - he was going to deal with the giant conflict of interest presented by his personal business empire. After refusing once again to release his tax returns - Trump brought some tax lawyer named Sheri Dillon on stage to explain why he's not doing the constitutional thing and divesting himself from the Trump Organization. According to Dillon - his plan is to instead just hand things off to his sons Eric and Donald Jr. for the next four years. Eric and Donald Jr won't be allowed to make any new foreign deals - and will theoretically have to have domestic deals reviewed by an ethics advisor - but Daddy Donald will still be the official "on paper" owner of the Trump Organization. In other words - he still has a giant conflict of interest on his hands. Republicans just spent the past 8 years railing against President Obama and so-called crony capitalism - how can they possibly feel comfortable with this situation?

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The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change

Big Picture Fact Of the Day...

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You Need to Work Out For Your Brain

Big Picture Fact Of The Day….

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How Will Tillerson Be With The Rapid Sea Level Rise Crisis?

Big Picture Interview: Naomi Ages, Greenpeace USA. And, with disaster looming in Antarctica as a direct result of global warming, how will former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson deal with the international crises that rapid sea-level rise would cause? And how close are we in time to such a crisis?

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Will Sessions Double Down On The Racist War on Drugs?

Big Picture Panel: Bryan Pruitt, RedState & Kai Newkirk, Democracy Spring/99Rise. The war on drugs, according to the Nixon aide who largely put it into place, was an intentional war on African Americans. The biggest crack in that has been states legalizing marijuana, even though it's still illegal at a federal level. Would an Attorney General Jeff Beauregard Sessions crank back up Nixon's war on black people by throwing pot users in federal prisons?

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We Just Passed a Dangerous New Climate Tipping Point

Thom talks with Red State Contributor Bryan Pruitt and Progressive Organizer Kai Newkirk about Jeff Session’s Attorney General confirmation hearings, whether Republicans will replace Obamacare, Bernie Sanders’ continuing progressive push. Then, Naomi Ages, Climate Liability Project Lead at Greenpeace USA, discusses what to expect under a potential Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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Mainstream media takes Donald Trump's Twitter bait

Thom talks with The Intercept journalist Zaid Jilani and freelance journalist Lynn Parramore about the mainstream media’s obsessive coverage of Donald Trump’s every tweet, and the dismantling of labor unions in America. Then, Ann Marie Benitez of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health tells Thom why the president-elect and his Republican allies are a threat to women’s reproductive rights.

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The GOP Is Playing w/ Fire Repealing Roe v. Wade

Big Picture Interview: Ann Marie Benitez, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health/AllAboveAll. With Donald Trump's inauguration just under two weeks away - reproductive groups are gearing up for a big fight to protect abortion access. Are Republicans playing with fire by pushing for a repeal of Roe v. Wade?

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How Many Voters Were Suppressed?

How Many Voters Were Suppressed?

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Can America Survive the Trump/Corporate Media Industrial Complex?

The Big Picture Progressive Panel - Zaid Jilani, The Intercept & Lynn Stuart Parramore, Freelance Journalist. Corporate media handed Donald Trump between $2 and $3 billion in free coverage, making him president, just to jack up their ratings, is the biggest story of the year, perhaps even the biggest story of our lifetimes. The directors and managers and producers of a small handful of immensely powerful and profitable media corporations made the decision, in 2015, that The Donald Trump show was more important to put on TV every day and night than any actual news. And why did they do this? They did this because The Donald Trump Show brings ratings, and ratings determine their profitability. This sick, symbiotic relationship won Trump the White House, and it's what will keep his presidency afloat long after it reaches its past due date. Oh yeah, and if you're expecting some kind of mea culpa from the mainstream media for installing Trump, then good luck. That would mean that mainstream corporate television media would have to admit that its primary goal is to make money, not keep people informed about what really matters. Not going to happen. So, can America survive the Donald Trump/Corporate Media industrial complex?

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China - Neoliberalism’s Last Hope?

Just two days before the inauguration of Donald Trump as president, China was trying to position itself as the leader of the neoliberal world.

That's right - China!

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