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Christine Pelosi - Are We Better off?

Christine Pelosi, Democratic strategist/author-"Campaign Boot Camp" joins Thom Hartmann. From the Democratic National Convention.

The Good, The Bad and the Very Very Metagnostically Ugly!

The Good! *Michael Hayden* Hayden - the former Bush administration NSA head and CIA director told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that any attack by Israel or the US on Iran would only delay the country's nuclear weapons program - and would in fact push the country to develop a nuclear bomb sooner. The Bad! *Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne* Horne is on a mission to stop the use of medical marijuana in Arizona. On Thursday - Horne filed a suit with federal court - arguing that, "possession, distribution and cultivation of marijuna are all forbidden by federal law, and state authorization of these activities is pre-empted (by federal law)." and the Very Very Ugly! *Mark Harris* Harris was a Pennsylvania delegate at last week's Republican National Convention. Before the convention - he went on vacation with his wife to Disneyworld - where he noticed that an employee working at the America exibit at the Epcot theme park was of Mexican descent. And - he was so astonished that there was a Mexican employee at Disneyworld that he took to his blog to rant about it. In a blog post, Harris wrote that he and his wife were both "highly offended" that a "person from Mexico" was working at the America exhibit.

Crazy Alert! Charity Breast Touching?

Thom Hartmann's crazy alert

Your Take/My Take - Lynn, South Africa, asks Thom - What if the GOP wins?

Thom Hartmann answers your questions, comments and concerns.

DNC...will Anyone Mention War?

Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films, joins Thom Hartmann. Despite a lack of coverage on the mainstream media - the war in Afghanistan is still volatile - and far from over - as people continue to die every day. Can the US Government find a clean exit strategy for Afghanistan - or are we in store for more violence in the years to come?

How Many Times Will We Hear The Medicare Lie from the GOP?

Brian Darling. Heritage Foundation, joins Thom Hartmann. Paul Ryan told a lot of lies in his speech at the RNC last week - but his lies about Medicare were the most blatantly false. Are Americans really prepared to let Romney and Ryan lie their way right into the White House?

Is America better off than 30 yrs ago when the Reaganomics experiment started?

The Democratic National Convention kicks off this week in Charlotte, North Carolina. And already, we're seeing pretty stark differences between this week's DNC and last week's RNC. One week after Republicans unveiled the most radical major party platform in American modern history - Democrats have put forward their own political platform. Some of the planks include: a full embrace of marriage equality and a woman's right to choose, comprehensive immigration reform, the right for unions to collectively bargain, support for Obamacare, protection of Medicare as we know it, increased funding for the arts, and cutting off tax breaks or job outsourcers like Bain Capital. You might remember the Republican platform included things like a ban on pornography - a ban on marriage equality - and a ban on gays openly serving in the military. While there are too few differences between Republican and Democrats when it comes to the big issues facing the nation like war, free trade, and the corporate takeover of our democracy, there are still huge differences between the two parties as reflected in each platform. Differences that will affect millions of Americans. While Democrats want to keep moving the nation forward - extending civil rights and economic opportunity to more and more Americans - Republicans want to drag us all backward to the era of the Robber Barons.

Full Show 9/4/12: Better Off Than We Were 30 Years Ago?

Thom looks at what 30 years of Reaganomics has done to our country. Also discussed: The continued Medicare lie from the right, the setback in Afghanistan and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at the Republicans 30 year war on labor unions and what it has meant for the middle class.

Conversations w/Great Minds - Craig Unger - Karl Rove's Secret Kingdom of Power P1

Craig Unger, Journalist /Author, latest is "Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove's Secret Kingdom of Power" joins Thom Hartmann. Karl Rove plans to spend as much as half billion dollars this election to defeat President Obama and Democrats. What's motivating him - and what happens to America if he succeeds?

The Big Picture Rumble - Will Romney continue a content-free campaign?

Austin Petersen, FreedomWorks & SE Robinson, The Paul Revere Project/The Blaze & Nicole Williams, Attorney all join Thom Hartmann.

The Big Picture Rumble - The GOP effort to rig the November election

Austin Petersen, FreedomWorks & SE Robinson, The Paul Revere Project/The Blaze & Nicole Williams, Attorney all join Thom Hartmann.

Greenspan's Body Count

The story of Mitt Romney is a story of two Americans - one that got bailed out and can aspire to the highest levels of power - and the other that got sold out and forced into bankruptcy, desperation, and suicide. Since he can't talk about his job as Governor of Massachusetts passing his own version of Obamacare - Mitt Romney has to talk about his private sector experience at Bain Capital. In fact - he devoted a portion of his speech at the RNC to Bain: But what Romney is leaving out - is a tumultuous time in the last 1980's and early 1990's when Romney's company nearly went bankrupt - and in fact would have - had it not been bailed out by the government. In other words, he didn't built it. As Tim Dickinson at Rolling Stone uncovered - Bain Capital's parent company - Bain and Company - ran into serious financial problems in the late 1980's - and Mitt Romney was tapped to try to save the company. The company owed more than $30 million bucks to a bank that had been taken over by the FDIC. After failing again and again to get the company back on track - Romney decided to play hardball with Bain's creditors - basically forcing them to write down Bain's debt. Romney gave everyone a take it or leave it deal: take 30-cents on every dollar Bain owes - or else he will loot the company, divert whatever remaining assets there were toward paying executive big bonuses - declare bankruptcy - and then Bain's creditors - including the FDIC - would get nothing. The hardball worked - the ...

Conversations w/Great Minds - Craig Unger - Karl Rove's Secret Kingdom of Power P2

Craig Unger, Journalist /Author, latest is "Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove's Secret Kingdom of Power" joins Thom Hartmann. Karl Rove plans to spend as much as half billion dollars this election to defeat President Obama and Democrats. What's motivating him - and what happens to America if he succeeds?

Full Show 8/31/12: Death by Foreclosure

Thom talks with investigative journalist Craig Unger, author of the new book "Boss Rove" in tonight's "Conversations with Great Minds." Tonight's "Big Picture Rumble" panel discusses the RNC Convention, voter suppression efforts in Texas and President Obama's support for overturning Citizens United. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom reveals the Bain bailout of the 1980s and details some of the human causalities of those not bailed out during the home foreclosure crisis.

How the GOP Can Accomplish 98% of their Corporatist Agenda

Let's assume right now that all the Republican lies work. And let's assume that the billions of dollars spent by the likes of the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, and Karl Rove work. And let's assume that the statewide voter ID suppression laws, and restrictions on early voting, and hurdles to voter registration all work. Assuming all those things work - then come January 2013, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will be in the White House. And Speaker of the House John Boehner will be presiding over a Republican majority in the House of Representatives. And Mitch McConnell will be leading a Republican majority in the Senate. We'll have one-party Republican rule in America again. And unlike when Democrats held majorities in Congress and the White House for the first two years of President Obama's presidency - Republicans will see to it that their agenda under Mitt Romney is not derailed by the Democratic minority - like President Obama's was by the Republican minority's filibuster. Republicans are already planning how they can silence the voice of the minority should they sweep the elections in November - and this plan was laid out this week in the pages of the Financial Times. And guess who's spilling the beans - none other than one of the most powerful voices in the Republican Party - multi-millionaire K street lobbyist - Grover Norquist.

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