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Media Monopoly Should Scare the Hell out of President Obama

Unsatisfied with his media empire in the UK and Australia and his several media holdings in the United States like The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, and Fox News, Rupert Murdoch wants more. The only thing standing in Murdoch's way of full-spectrum media domination in America are Federal Communication Commission rules that forbid one company from owning both a newspaper and a television station in one community. Murdoch already owns local television stations in both Chicago and Los Angeles. But according to sources within the FCC, Chairman Julius Genachowski is quietly planning to scrap those rules. Under pressure from major media moguls like Murdoch, who see big bucks and huge political power in a consolidated national and local media, Genachowski circulated a new order to other FCC Commissioners that would allow for cross-ownership of TV and newspapers in the nation's twenty biggest media markets. Today, only five corporations - one of which is Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp - own the majority of all the media seen, read, or listened to by Americans. If the FCC gets completely out of the way, then further consolidation will follow suit. Which is a huge problem for democracy. If there's one monopoly that's more dangerous than all of the others, it's a media monopoly.

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Are we witnessing a revolution in low-wage employment?

Sarah Jaffe, Independent Journalist/The Atlantic, joins Thom Hartmann. Fast food jobs were once thought to be transition jobs for teenagers and college kids - but now - Americans of all ages are relying on them for income. Isn't it time fast food workers were paid a living wage - rather than the next to nothing wages they can barely survive off of now?

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Crazy Alert! Zombies in Bikinis?

Thom Hartmann's crazy alert

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Your Take/My Take LIVE - Can you Imagine if Mexico shot Drones at the US?

Thom Hartmann's Your Take My Take

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Hannity Goes after Thom & Laughs off American's Struggling to Survive

If you call out Fox So-Called News enough - like we do on this program - you better be prepared for them to fire back at you - even with a real dud. Last night - Hannity featured a rant I did on my radio program in his new "Liberal Hate Speech" segment. First - Sean - if you're going to attack me and use a portion of my program in the process - at least get the date right. That rant was from November 26th - not the 27th. But more importantly - do you really think that the decline of the middle class in America is a laughing matter? Do you really think that millions of Americans struggling to survive as they live paycheck to paycheck is a joke? If you do - well that's just very, very ugly...

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Don't The GOP have Kids that will Live w/Environmental Catastrophe?

Mike Papantonio, Ring of Fire Radio, joins Thom Hartmann. A new report is out revealing that sea levels around the world are rising faster than previously thought. But after appointing a climate change denier to a top committee in Congress - are Republicans still planning to ignore the obvious?

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Full Show 11/29/12: Jumping Off the (Fiscal) Cliff

Thom talks with Congressman Alan Grayson on the "fiscal cliff" negotiations and with Attorney and Radio Host Mike Papantonio on the new report on rising sea levels. Thom takes viewer phone calls in "Your Take, My Take Live" segment and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom details how changes to the FCC could create a media monopoly for Rupert Murdoch.

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The GOP has put Santa Claus in Front of the Firing Squad!

Forget about the Grinch who stole Christmas - we have a bigger problem to worry about when it comes to trying to take away all the holiday cheer. I'll tell you who's trying to take out Santa Claus.

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AZ Government Joins War on Women...

Sam Bennett, The She Should Run Foundation, join Thom Hartmann. The war on women is still going strong - despite women voting heavily against Republicans nationwide earlier this month. What dirty tactics are Republicans in Arizona using now to influence a woman's right to choose? Voters overwhelmingly rejected radical anti-choice legislation nationwide this election. Why are Conservatives still trying to push it?

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Can Minimalists Put an End to "Swipe & Spend"

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, co-authors "Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life" join Thom Hartmann.

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Lone Liberal Rumble - Isn't Norquist an Enemy of the State?

Horace Cooper, Conservative commentator & Neil McCabe, Human Events Join Thom Hartmann for the Lone Liberal Rumble.

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Lone Liberal Rumble - Welcome to the Benghazi witch hunt

Horace Cooper, Conservative commentator & Neil McCabe, Human Events Join Thom Hartmann Lone Liberal Rumble.

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Where were the "3 amigos" when the GOP lied us into war?

Three Amigos never uttered a peep when Colin Powell or Condi Rice or George W. Bush or Dick Cheney were lying to Congress and the American people about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. They don't give a damn about the truth - it's all politics for this bunch. And, hopefully, the Obama Administration has now realized that the new Three Amigos, just like the old Three Amigos, is still just a small-time gang of Republican punks out to take down Democrats and promote wars.

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Full Show 11/28/12: Santa Claus and the Democratic Firing Squad

With Joe Lieberman leaving the Senate Thom discusses who will be joining Senators McCain and Graham to form the new three amigos. Tonight's "Lone Liberal Rumble" panel discusses the continued attacks from the right on Susan Rice, why Republican lawmakers care about a pledge they made with Jack Abramoff money launderer Grover Norquist and the latest on the "fiscal cliff" negotiations. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom explains why Santa Claus is facing a Democratic firing squad.

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Crazy Alert! Are those boobs & butts?

Thom Hartmann's crazy alert

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