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Icelanders approve world's 1st "crowdsourced" constitution

Smari McCarthy, International Modern Media Institute, joins Thom Hartmann. As corporations seize control of more and more of OUR Constitution, thanks to the Supreme Court - the people of Iceland are rising up to take back THEIR own Constitution. Over the weekend, voters took to the polls in Iceland to approve a national referendum calling for a new Constitution to be approved in the wake of Iceland's financial crisis in 2008. That new Constitution was drawn up by a special panel of 25 citizens who took suggestions from Facebook and Twitter to draft the world's first ever "crowd-sourced" constitution. According to the results - 66% of the nation approved the new Constitution, which includes reforms such as nationalizing more resources, giving voters more power to call for their own referendums, and enacting term limits on the presidential office.

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Why the UN is sending election observers to the US

Hilary Shelton, NAACP Washington Bureau, joins Thom Hartmann. Now thanks to the nationwide efforts by Conservatives to keep Democratic voters away from the polls and rig the election for Mitt Romney - foreign election observers will be on hand to make sure that the voting rights of minorities in America are protected come election day. More than 44 observers with the UN-affiliated Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will be deployed at polling stations around the nation to monitor the election and potential disputes at polling stations. These observers were asked for by civil rights groups in the United States who've raised concerns over systematic efforts to restrict the votes of minorities ahead of the election - including Voter Suppression ID laws.

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More Republicans arrested for election fraud...

Brad Friedman, Founder/Publisher-The Brad Blog, join Thom Hartmann. More allegations of election fraud against the Republican Party. A voter registration supervisor contracted by the Republican Party of Virginia was arrested on Thursday for destroying voter registration applications. Thirty-one-year-old Colin Small was caught throwing away a bag of filled-out voter registration forms in a dumpster. Police say the crime appears "limited in nature" but additional charges may be filed in the future. Already, the Republican National Committee is dealing with allegations of election fraud after it hired a firm known as Strategic Allied Consulting to register voters in key swing states. That firm was found to commit widespread fraud by destroying or tampering with voter registration forms filled out by Democratic voters. At least 11 counties in Florida have discovered tampered registration forms handled by the firm.

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Wow! Corporate Personhood is on the Menu for Election Night..

David Cobb, Move To Amend / Democracy Unlimited joins Thom Hartmann. The movement to amend the Constitution to overturn the Supreme Court's insane Citizens United decision, and thus to declare that money is NOT speech and corporations are NOT people received a big boost on Thursday. The New Jersey State Assembly signed on to a resolution expressing "strong opposition" to Citizens United, and called on Congress to amend the Constitution to get rid of the ruling. New Jersey now becomes the ninth state to support amending the Constitution to prevent corporations, millionaires, and billionaires from buying our elections. Already, California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Hawaii, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and Vermont have adopted similar resolutions. And in just a few weeks - more states might join the list.

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Full Show 10/22/12: Debate 3: Taking on the World

Thom previews tonight's foreign policy Presidential Debate with a panel of experts and reporters. Also discussed: Election fraud in Virginia, why United Nations election observers will be on hand election day and what Icelandic citizens are doing to rewrite their constitution. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom discusses Rep. Darrell Issa's latest treasonous act.

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Have Voting Machines Already Made their Choice for Prez?

So, your Nobel Peace Prize-winning European Union is demanding that indebted nations like Greece and Portugal privatize all their water resources if they want to continue receiving bail outs. As in - you want to stay in the Eurozone? Then hand over your most precious commons to transnational corporations. This is in line with the broader privatization agenda we're seeing all around the world - especially here in America as water, roads, school, prisons - you name it - are all being privatized and taken out of the hands of "we the people." These are all assaults on democracy.

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Big Picture Rumble - Why should CEOs have more free speech than workers?

Adam Bitely, NetRightDaily.com & Liz Chadderdon, The Chadderdon Group & Horace Cooper, Public Policy Research join Thom Hartmann for The Big Picture Rumble.

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Conversations with Great Minds - Sasha Reuther - Here's Who Started the Middle Class P2

Sasha Reuther, Producer/Director joins Thom Hartmann. His latest project is the documentary film, "Brothers On The Line" - A provocative historical narrative of power, commitment, and brotherhood, the film explores the legacy of union organizers and social justice statesman Walter, Roy, and Victor Reuther (his grandfather) and their leadership of the United Auto Workers (UAW). With the rise of the American automobile industry came the rise of organized labor - but the fight for workers' rights did not come easy in the Motor City. These three men helped lead the charge to bring unions to Detroit - and revolutionized the American workplace at the same time.

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Big Picture Rumble - What Happened to Card Check?

Adam Bitely, NetRightDaily.com & Liz Chadderdon, The Chadderdon Group & Horace Cooper, Public Policy Research join Thom Hartmann for The Big Picture Rumble.

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Conversations w/Great Minds - Sasha Reuther - Bring Back Labor Union Classes! Part 1

Sasha Reuther, Producer/Director joins Thom Hartmann. His latest project is the documentary film, "Brothers On The Line" - A provocative historical narrative of power, commitment, and brotherhood, the film explores the legacy of union organizers and social justice statesman Walter, Roy, and Victor Reuther (his grandfather) and their leadership of the United Auto Workers (UAW). With the rise of the American automobile industry came the rise of organized labor - but the fight for workers' rights did not come easy in the Motor City. These three men helped lead the charge to bring unions to Detroit - and revolutionized the American workplace at the same time.

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Full Show 10/19/12: Privatizing the Vote

In tonight's "Conversations with Great Minds" Thom talks with Sasha Reuther, the Director and Producer of "Brothers on the Line," a documentary on the critical role three men played during the beginning of the auto industry's labor movement. Tonight's "Big Picture Rumble" panel discusses Romney's encouraging of NFIB employers to have their employees vote for him, Romney's campaign staffer's recent ties to Wall Street and what New Jersey's doing to end Citizens United. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at how the privatizing of the vote through electronic voting machines may put Romney in the White House.

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Romney Urged CEOs To Tell Employees How to Vote

Attorney Mike Papantonio, Ring of Fire Radio, joins Thom Hartmann. With millions of dollars of corporate cash corrupting our democracy - and politicians in Washington only looking to pad their wallets - whats the little guy to do - We'll ask my friend Mike Papantonio.

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If the World Largest Employers can be Unionized - then any corporation can

The corporate state today is stronger than it's ever been. Thanks to the Supreme Court - our elections are up for sale to the highest bidder - be it a billionaire casino mogul like Sheldon Adelson - or a massive transnational corporation like Koch Industries. And employers can now use the power of their position as the holder of the paycheck to implicitly coerce their employees to vote or lend support to whichever politician the CEO wants - or face consequences on the job. Many companies, are doing exactly that - including Murray Energy in Ohio - Westgate Resorts - and the Koch brothers' Georgia Pacific. And Mitt Romney himself is encouraging employers to use this tactic, as a June 2012 conference call with the National Federation of Independent Businesses revealed. Plain and simple - the mechanisms by which we the people can control our democracy are being destroyed one-by-one. So the question is...how do we get them back? How do we wrestle back control from corporate CEOs and the super-rich who have now become Kings in our so-called democracy? Now of course - there's overturning Citizens United and putting in place a constitutional amendment that says money is property - not speech - and corporations are property - not people. Go to MoveToAmend.org to get involved in that fight.

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Geeky Science Rocks! This is your Brain on...Breakfast

Thom Hartmann's geeky science

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Judy Collins on Politics & Dreams

Judy Collins, singer/songwriter/author-new book is Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music joins Thom Hartmann.

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