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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1st they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win...

Congratulations to Sheldon Adelson - the casino mogul who's made a fortune in China - and is now the new record-holder for the most money spent in an election here in the United States - at least that we know about. According to Politico - Adelson has funneled $70 million to the Republican Party so far this election - more than tripling the previous record of campaign spending by any single individual. And while Adelson hasn't shied away from the spotlight - and is, in fact, proud of his attempts to buy the election for Mitt Romney - there are a lot of other right-wing millionaires and billionaires in the shadows also spending huge amounts of money. You won't hear their names - you won't see their faces - but they're sure to have a profound effect in November - if not on the White House, then on the congressional and Senate races across the nation. And we can thanks the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision in 2010 for making all of this possible. According to a new report by the sunlight foundation - more than three-quarters of the $465 million in outside spending so far this election would have been a crime for which people could go to prison before five right-wingers on the Supreme Court, in their lopsided 5-4 Citizens United decision, decided that billionaires and corporations - including those that make their money in other countries - should be able to buy American elections. SuperPACs - those political creatures spawned by the Supreme Court's five to four ...

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Is the NFL showing Americans the importance of unions?

Sarah Jaffe, Labor Editor AlterNet & Alison Omens, Media Director, AFL-CIO joins Thom Hartmann. The National Football League is one of the most storied icons of American culture - and a favorite pastime of millions of Americans. But suddenly - with NFL referees locked out - the game is quickly losing it's credibility - and it's respect. Is this ongoing debacle showing all of Americans the importance of unions?

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

The Good! *New Yorkers* Last week - the American Freedom Defense Initiative - an anti-Muslim group - began putting up Islamaphobic ads in New York City subway stations. While New York City transit officials tried to block the ads - they lost their lawsuit against AFDI. The hateful and ignorant ads read, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man." Seeing the obvious hatred in the ads - New Yorkers have now begun to cover the ads with stickers reading "racist" and "hate speech". AFDI's efforts are promoting more animosity towards the US in the Middle East - and among the Muslim community. Kudos to the people of New York for standing up to the latest byproduct of Islamaphobia in America

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Terminator trading should be banned

Guest: Tanya Marchiol, Founder & President - Team Invesments Inc. joins Thom Hartmann. Remember in the Terminator movies - how an evil computer program was going to take over the world? Well - that's kind of happening right now on Wall Street. Why is the government allowing machines to do most of the trading at the big banks - and isn't it time we shut them down?

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Massive protest in Spain - Hell No! on austerity to Spain's Parliament

Max Wolff, Economist / Instructor-Graduate Program in International Affairs, joins Thom Hartmann. Scenes of chaos and violence erupted today in Madrid - as anti-austerity protestors clashed with riot police in the Spanish capital. How much more violence and brutality is it going to take before world leaders finally wake up and realize that austerity is not the answer?

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Roseanne Barr says nationalize the banks, just like Iceland, to fix economy

Actress & Activist Roseanne Barr, Peace & Justice Party candidate for President, talks to Thom Hartmann about drones, legalizing medical Marijuana & how to rebuild the economy.

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Is the religious right Mitt's secret weapon to win?

Adele Stan, Washington Bureau Chief-AlterNet joins Thom Hartmann. Mitt Romney looks to be getting creamed. But could people like Ralph Reed actually save him? What playbook is Ralph Reed using to get out Christian Conservative voters?

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Top GOP Strategist says "Comrade" President Obama is Hitler...

Remember Ralph Reed - the religious leader and Republican Strategist who helped Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker avoid recall? Well - he's at it again - this time trying to convince Americans that President Obama is Hitler. Just how dangerous are Reed and his religious political machine?

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Full Show 9/25/12: The Obama/Hitler Comparison

Thom discusses the latest "survey" from the right comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler. Also discussed: third party candidates with Actress and Presidential candidate Roseanne Barr, the latest uprising in Spain over austerity measures and the NFL referee lockout. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at how money is not the only way to change politics.

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Freedom isn't just for the 1%

If this is a big idea election - then Mitt Romney should lose. On 60 Minutes - Romney said his "big idea" is...Freedom! That's it - Freedom. At least it can easily fit on a bumper sticker. You see - Mitt Romney's so-called "big idea" is the same "big idea" that's been pushed by every Republican since Reagan - freedom, freedom, freedom. When Republicans are talking about freedom - they're not talking about freedom like we think of it. They're talking about freedom for billionaires and corporations. That's freedom from taxation - like the freedom for Mitt Romney to treat his capital gains income as special and pay a lower tax rate than the rest of us. Or the freedom for a corporation like General Electric to pay no taxes. They're talking about freedom from regulation - like the freedom for Koch Industries to pollute entire towns or let oil pipes explode now that government regulators have been taken out of the picture. They're talking about freedom from litigation - like the freedom for doctors and hospitals to not get sued when they amputate the wrong leg. Or freedom for banksters not to get sued after they gamble away your savings or blow up your home's value. The so-called 'big idea" about freedom - pushed by Republicans for more than three decades, and now being pushed by Mitt Romney, is very specific, despite how vague it sounds. It means freedom for the wealthy elite to continue getting richer while the rest of us get poorer and poorer. That's why over the last three ...

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Everything U Know is Wrong...Is Cash the Enemy of the Poor?

David Wolman, Journalist/Author-The End of Money, joins Thom Hartmann. David talks about his new book - The End of Money: Counterfeiters, Preachers, Techies, Dreamers--and the Coming Cashless Society. When you see someone down on their luck - or homeless - what do you do to help? Most of the time - you probably give them some spare change or a few dollars - right? Well - believe it or not - you might be better off giving them a cheap disposable cell phone instead.

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Why Americans have lost faith in our news media

According to a new Gallup poll, American distrust of the news media reached an all-time high this year - with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. Despite the Fox so-called News being the most-watched network on corporate cable news, Republicans led the poll in their distrust of the media with only 26% of self-identified Republicans saying they trust the mass media. This is all because Investigative journalism and news in the public interest are dead today - hijacked by corporate interests. There's only one industry specifically mentioned in our Constitution - and that's the press. Our founders knew that American democracy hinges on a free and vigorous press. Today - we no longer have either. It's time to bring back American democracy by bringing back in news in the public interest.

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Rush Limbaugh - Stop blaming women for your small penis!

Thom Hartmann's crazy alert

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It's time to Tax God!

Professor Carol Swain joins Thom Hartmann. The seperation of church and state ensures that if your pastor gives you a sermon - he's not going to use that sermon to barrage you with political endorsements. Well - it looks like a group of pastors are preparing to do just that. So - is it time we took away the tax-exemption of our religious institutions?

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Only one month ago, a national New York Times/CBS News poll found that half of all Americans think that global warming is already having a serious impact. Sixty percent of those surveyed even said that protecting our environment should be a priority “even at the risk of curbing economic growth.”

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