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David Marty Calls in from Spain on the Rage Against Austerity

David Marty, Organization for a Participatory Society-Madrid Chapter & co-author of the forthcoming "Occupy Strategy" joins Thom Hartmann. Madrid looked like a warzone on Monday - as protestors took to the streets to say no to Spain's continued austerity economic policies. But the Spanish government went ahead - and passed their new austerity budge anyway. What the heck is going on in Europe?

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The GOP is turning in fraudulent voter registration forms...

Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog, joins Thom Hartmann. Florida Governor Rick Scott has restarted his illegal voter purge in the sunshine states. Scott's listed of voters to be targeted as non-citizens and kicked off the rolls has been shown to be riddled with errors and overwhelmingly focused on minority voters who tend to vote for Democrats. But Governor Scott is pushing forward regardless. But this isn't the only way Republicans are trying to steal the election in Florida. News broke yesterday on the BradBlog - that the Florida Republican Party's top recipient of funding - a firm named Strategic Allied Consulting - has been in the business of turning in fraudulent voter registration forms. The Florida Republican Party has now cut ties with Strategic Allied Consulting - but not before dishing out more than $1.3 million in contracts to the firm this year. Also - this firm continues to be operating in the battle ground states around the nation - and also has affiliations with the Mitt Romney campaign.

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Mike Papantonio on Romney Harvesting America's Middle Class

Mike Papantonio, Ring of Fire Radio joins Thom Hartmann. Farmers harvest fall crops to feed us. Doctors harvest organs to save us. And then there's Mitt Romney - who harvests economies to pad his big fat wallet - and screw us all over. Is America really willing to let this guy become Harvester-in-Chief of the United States?

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NFIB Exposed...They are not who we think they are

Lisa Graves, Media & Democracy, joins Thom Hartmann. The National Federation of Independent Business is supposed to look out for the little guys - the mom and pop shops on Main Street. So why is the group doing the bidding of large corporations instead?

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Does Romney want to Harvest the Middle Class for Profits?

Do you remember what the American Dream used to mean? I do. It used to mean working hard - keeping your nose clean - and getting enough of a paycheck so that you can raise a family - meet all the essentials you need - and be able to take a vacation every now and then and afford a quality retirement. And if you wanted to be really successful - climb to the highest rungs of the American Dream - it used to mean coming up with an idea or starting a small business. Whether it was a local shoe store - or appliance store - or repair shop. It used to mean hiring local members of your community to build up that business - and eventually passing that business on to your kids. Remember the Main Streets in cities across America before Reagan? They all looked completely different - full of their own unique shops and boutiques - all employing local workers - making good paychecks so that they could spend money at other local stores and keep the local economy thriving. That used to be an essential part of the American Dream. And then something happened. That something was Reaganomics - and specifically - changes to our anti-trust laws and our tax code that opened the way for corporate predators like Bain Capital. That gave way to transnational corporations that devoured local shops on Main Street by undercutting them with cheap labor abroad - tax loopholes - and massive government subsidies. Look around at Main Streets across America today. They all look exactly the same. They all have ...

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Full Show 9/27/12: Rage Against Austerity

Thom talks with economist Richard Wolff about the unrest and violence in Spain and Greece stemming from their country's austerity policies. Also discussed: the resurfacing of old Romney gaffes, voter fraud in Florida and why people with a poor sense of smell may be psychopaths. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom details why the US government fears Julian Assange and new journalism.

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Conversations w/Great Minds - Kurt Eichenwald - Secrets & Lies in the Terror Wars P2

Kurt Eichenwald, Vanity Fair, former reporter-NY Times. His new book is 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars. Over the last 11 years - it's been a question asked hundreds of times: Could 9/11 have been prevented if the Bush Adminstration had acted on the intelligence they had at the time. Of course - 9/11 did happen - and Bush took us to war with Iraq shortly thereafter. What was the planning for the Iraq war really like inside the White House - and what roles did the United States' closest allies play in it? We'll ask investigative journalist Kurt Eichenwald in a special edition of Conversations with Great Minds

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How Can You Plan a Revolution when Big Brother is Watching?

It's increasingly looking like the United States is one generation away from completely forgetting what privacy means. And the consequences of this Great Forgetting will be tragic for our nation. Why? Because without privacy - without the ability to be anonymous - America can't even plan a peaceful revolution or non-violent progressive social change movements - because if big corporations or Big Brother are watching, watching, they can block efforts before they even become public. In recent years - we've learned about the massive surveillance systems being built by the corporate state. For example, we now know about the warrantless wiretapping of American citizens post-9/11. We now know of Trapwire - a law enforcement tool that keeps track of our movements in major cities across the nation through closed circuit cameras, facial recognition software, and license plate readers. And We know of the enormous spy center being built by the NSA in Utah - that will house all the data collected by the NSA since 9/11 - including emails, phone calls, text messages, and more - all of it in one source so that it's easily analyzed. The NSA can how hold the digital version of 500 quintillion pages of text. What's worse - Americans are increasingly willing to give the surveillance state - and snoopy corporations - everything they want. Today - we're sacrificing privacy for convenience and interconnection. We enthusiastically post our locations, our pictures, our personal information on ...

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Conversations w/Great Minds - Kurt Eichenwald - Secrets & Lies in the Terror Wars P1

Kurt Eichenwald, Vanity Fair, former reporter-NY Times. His new book is 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars. Over the last 11 years - it's been a question asked hundreds of times: Could 9/11 have been prevented if the Bush Adminstration had acted on the intelligence they had at the time. Of course - 9/11 did happen - and Bush took us to war with Iraq shortly thereafter. What was the planning for the Iraq war really like inside the White House - and what roles did the United States' closest allies play in it? We'll ask investigative journalist Kurt Eichenwald in a special edition of Conversations with Great Minds

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Full Show 9/26/12: Could Bush have Prevented 9/11?

Thom talks with Libertarian Party Vice Presidential Candidate Jim Gray about whether Gary Johnson should be allowed to debate Obama and Romney. In tonight's special edition of "Conversations with Great Minds" Thom talks with journalist and author Kurt Eichenwald about his latest book, "500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars." In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at how the US needs to follow the lead of Europe and protect its citizens' privacy.

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Lone Liberal Rumble - Drudge Reporting Prez Race is Dead Heat - Why?

Judson Phillips, Attorney, TheTeaParty.net & Marc Harrold, Libertarian Commentator join Thom Hartmann. Despite multiple national polls showing President Obama pulling away from Mitt Romney in the swing states - and overall - the Romney camp says they're not concerned. Is that blind optimism - or do they know something the rest of America doesn't? We'll ask the panel in tonight's Lone Liberal Rumble

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Lone Liberal Rumble - Should 3rd Parties be Allowed?

Judson Phillips, Attorney, TheTeaParty.net & Marc Harrold, Libertarian Commentator join Thom Hartmann. For more on how to get third party voices in our debates - let's get to tonight's Lone Liberal Rumble We'll ask the panel in tonight's Lone Liberal Rumble

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The Presidential Debate - Should 3rd Parties be Allowed?

Next Wednesday is the first Presidential Debate - and as of now - it's a duel between Obama and Romney. But Libertarian Candidate for President Gary Johnson is trying to show them three is NOT a crowd. I'll talk to Johnson's running mate Judge Jim Gray.

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Who Should an Economy Serve?

The top one percent own half of all the world's assets. In stark contrast, the bottom fifty percent of the world owns less than one percent. According to the 2014 Global Wealth Report from Credit Suisse, global inequality has surged since the 2008 financial collapse. The report explains that while global wealth has more than doubled since the year 2000, the vast majority of overall growth has gone to those who were already wealthy.

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